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February 11, 2016

Tom Petri Announces Retirement

Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., will not seek re-election this year (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Wisconsin Rep. Tom Petri will announce Monday he is not seeking re-election this year, according to his office.

First elected in 1979, the Republican is in his 18th term representing the 6th District, based in Oshkosh and Sheboygan.

The district is potentially competitive. Mitt Romney carried it with 53 percent in 2012, while President Barack Obama won it narrowly with 49 percent four years earlier.

Following Petri’s announcement, Republican state Sen. Joe Leibham announced he is mulling a bid for the seat. State Rep. Duey Stroebel has expressed interest in the race, one state Republican said, while state Sen. Glenn Grothman had already announced a primary challenge to Petri.

State Democrats named Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels and Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris as potential candidates.

Petri, one of the 50 richest members of Congress, is the 24th House member to retire this cycle.

For a full list of retirements, check out Roll Call’s Casualty List.

  • Steffen W Schmidt

    Not surprising – how long can you serve and remain sane?!

  • Robbie Roberts

    I’m a bit confused with your headline – when does Roll Call, or anyone for that matter, write a headline that reads, “One of the 50-Poorest Members of Congress to Retire.” Your headline and slant on the announcement is poor journalism.

  • teapartyidiots

    Nearby in IL. Pray for Grothman to get the primary no- Dem pickup if he does.

  • Steven Dennis

    Not sure what you mean by headline, but we’ve been noting richest and poorest members of Congress for a long, long time. Including a few days ago:

  • Robbie Roberts

    I stand corrected. Thanks, Steven. That’s either informative or sensational – my op, sensational for the piece. Did the senator retire because he was rich? Think about it. I believe we can do better and should do better when placing monikers on MOC.

  • Rob07

    More broadly, why does everything have to be identity politics? Not just rich-poor, but young-old, male-female, different race/religion/socioeconomic status, etc. Then, if you don’t like someone’s position, it is easy to ascribe racism, sexism, class warfare, etc. to their viewpoint.

  • PurpleBadger

    The best potential replacement would be Joe Leibham. Moreover, unlike Grothman, he lives in the district.

  • lowCal90

    Considering the various cultures that have evolved within a variety of environments, it is reasonable to conclude that the traditions and political principles found among them would be just as diverse.

  • teapartyidiots

    Yeah, if that guy wins the primary it’s an R hold.

  • Manny Bartow

    Even if poverty is now relative rather than absolute, it is no less bitter when unsatisfied wants are iPhones instead of water and food.

  • Sam Sung

    Revolutionary Marxism failed, in part, because it deprived human aggression of the internal channel of private property, redirected aggression outward, and thus gave rise to the most ruthless dictators.

  • Daniel Zylberger

    Scary alternative… Grothman wins general. Could happen if D’s have weak nominee/big GOP wave… be careful what you wish for.

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