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PETRI, Thomas Evert

PETRI, Thomas Evert
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


PETRI, Thomas Evert, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Marinette, Marinette County, Wis., May 28, 1940; graduated from Lowell P. Goodrich High School, Fond du Lac, Wis., 1958; A.B., Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1962; J.D., Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Mass., 1965; clerk to United States Judge James Doyle of the Western District of Wisconsin, 1965; lawyer, private practice; Peace Corps volunteer, 1966-1967; White House aide, 1969-1970; member of the Wisconsin state senate, 1973-1979; delegate to the Republican state conventions, 1973 to present; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1974; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-sixth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative William A. Steiger, and reelected to the seventeen succeeding Congresses (April 3, 1979-January 3, 2015); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress in 2014.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Videoreels: 1979-1980, 12 commercials on 2 videoreels. The commercials were used during Thomas Petri's campaign for the 1980 U.S. congressional election in District 6, Wisconsin, Republican Party.

Wisconsin Historical Society Archives
Oshkosh Area Research Center

Madison, WI
Papers: 1973-1978, 12 cubic feet. The legislative papers of Thomas Petri contain constituent correspondence, and bill and committee files for the period, 1973-1978, which he served in the Wisconsin Senate. There are extensive letters concerning abortion, alcohol and raising the drinking age, education and collective bargaining for teachers, the Equal Rights Amendment, the state budget and taxation and other important issues of the period. The committee files deal with work on the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the Joint Audit Committee, the Republican Task Force on Welfare Reform, and the Senate Human Services Committee. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Huebner, Lee W., comp. The Ripon Papers, 1963-1968. Edited by Lee W. Huebner & Thomas E. Petri. Washington, National Press, [1968] .

Petri, Thomas E., William F. Clinger, Jr., Nancy L. Johnson, and Lynn Martin, eds. National Industrial Policy: Solution or Illusion. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, Inc., 1984.

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