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Thomas E. Petri (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 5/28/1940 (Marinette, WI)
Race: White
Religion: Lutheran
Residence: Fond du Lac, WI
Education: Undergraduate degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Graduate degree in law from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Occupation: Attorney
Office Type: U.S. House -- Wisconsin District 6 

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Thomas E. Petri was born in Marinette, Wis., and resides in Fond du Lac, Wis. He received a bachelor's degree in 1962 and a law degree in 1965 from Harvard.

He served in the Peace Corps in Somalia, 1966-67, and was an aide in the White House in 1969. He began practicing law in Fond du Lac in 1970 and served in the Wisconsin Senate, 1973-79.

He was elected to the U.S. House in April 1979 in a special election and has won re-election every two years since.

Petri and his wife, Anne, have one child.

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Tom Petri was elected to the U.S. House in a special election in April 1979 with 50 percent of the vote and won his first full term in 1980. He has been re-elected every two years since.

He was re-elected in 1992 with 53 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Peg Lautenschlager. He was unopposed in 1994. He was re-elected in 1996 with 73 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Alver Lindskoog.

Petri was re-elected in 1998 without major party opposition. In 2000, he was re-elected to Congress with 65 percent of the vote and he was unopposed for re-election in 2002.

Petri served in the Wisconsin Senate, 1973-79, and made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 1974.

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