Thomas Evert Petri (born May 28, 1940) is the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 6th congressional district, serving since 1979. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes most of the east-central part of the state. Born in Marinette, Wisconsin, he graduated from Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Petri then attended Harvard University, where he received his bachelors of arts and law degrees. He served as a volunteer with the Peace Corps. Petri served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1973 to 1979. Petri ran for the U.S. Senate in 1974. He won the Republican primary with 85% of the vote. In the general election, incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson defeated Petri 62%-36%. Petri only won five counties in the state. In 1977-78, Petri made a run for governor for Wisconsin, but lost his party's convention nomination to Bob Kasten in 1978.
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