Tom Tiffany

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Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Wisconsin's 7th district
Assumed office
May 19, 2020
Preceded by Sean Duffy
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 12th district
In office
January 7, 2013 May 18, 2020
Preceded by Jim Holperin
Succeeded byVacant
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 35th district
In office
January 3, 2011 January 7, 2013
Preceded by Donald Friske
Succeeded by Mary Felzkowski
Personal details
Born (1957-12-30) December 30, 1957 (age 62)
Wabasha, Minnesota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Christine Sully
Children3
Education University of Wisconsin–River Falls (BS)
Website House website

Thomas P. Tiffany (born December 30, 1957) is an American businessman and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 7th congressional district since 2020. A member of the Republican Party, he was previously elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly (2011–2013) and Wisconsin Senate (2013–2020). [1] Tiffany succeeded fellow Republican Sean Duffy in Congress, winning a special election against Democrat Tricia Zunker.

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Early life and education

Tiffany was born in Wabasha, Minnesota, and grew up on a dairy farm near Elmwood, Pierce County, Wisconsin, with five brothers and two sisters. [2] He graduated from Elmwood High School in 1976 and earned his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls in 1980 with a degree in agricultural economics. [1]

Private career

Tiffany managed the petroleum division of a farm cooperative in Plainview, Minnesota, before moving to Minocqua, Wisconsin, to manage Zenker Oil Company's petroleum distribution in 1988. He and his wife, Chris, have operated an excursion business on the Willow Flowage since 1991. [3]

Tiffany served as the Town Supervisor of Little Rice, Wisconsin, from 2009 through 2013, and is an appointed member of the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation. In 2004 and 2008, he ran to represent the 12th District in the Wisconsin State Senate, first against Senator Roger Breske, and then Jim Holperin, losing both times in close elections. In 2010, he ran for the Wisconsin State Assembly after the position was vacated by retiring incumbent, Donald Friske. Tiffany won the primary, and later defeated Democrat Jay Schmelling, 58.09% to 41.81%. [3]

In 2012, Tiffany chose not to seek re-election to the State Assembly and instead to run again for the State Senate after Holperin announced he would not run for reelection. He defeated Democrat Susan Sommer, 56% to 40%, in the general election on November 6, 2012. [3] [4]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2020 special election

Incumbent Congressman Sean Duffy resigned on September 23, 2019, after his youngest daughter was diagnosed with a heart condition. Tiffany announced that he would run in a special election to replace him. Tiffany won the Republican primary on February 18, 2020, and defeated Wausau attorney Tricia Zunker in the May 12 special election. [5]

Tenure

Tiffany was sworn in on May 19, 2020. [6]

Committee assignments


Caucus memberships

Personal life

He and his wife, Christine, have three children. [2]

Electoral history

Wisconsin Senate (2004, 2008)

Wisconsin Senate, 12th District Election, 2004 [8] [9]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican Primary Election, September 14, 2004
Republican Tom Tiffany 8,909 60.44%
Republican Gary Baier2,99820.34%
Republican William E. Raduege2,82819.19%
Scattering50.03%
Total votes14,740 100.0%
General Election, November 2, 2004
Democratic Roger Breske (incumbent) 47,287 53.47%
Republican Tom Tiffany41,11946.49%
Scattering380.04%
Plurality6,1686.97%
Total votes88,444 100.0%
Democratic hold
Wisconsin Senate, 12th District Election, 2008 [10]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
General Election, November 4, 2008
Democratic Jim Holperin 85,125 66.11% +12.64%
Republican Tom Tiffany43,59533.85%-12.64%
Scattering500.04%
Plurality41,53032.25%+25.28%
Total votes128,770 100.0% +45.59%
Democratic hold

Wisconsin Assembly (2010)

Wisconsin Assembly, 35th District Election, 2010 [11] [12]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican Primary Election, September 14, 2010
Republican Tom Tiffany 3,708 63.77%
Republican Jeremy Cordova2,10736.23%
Scattering00.00%
Total votes5,815 100.0%
General Election, November 2, 2010
Republican Tom Tiffany 11,830 58.09%
Democratic Jay Schmelling8,51541.81%
Scattering210.10%
Plurality3,31516.28%+2.79%
Total votes20,366 100.0%
Republican hold

Wisconsin Senate (2012, 2016)

Wisconsin Senate, 12th District Election, 2012 [13]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
General Election, November 6, 2012
Republican Tom Tiffany 51,176 56.24% +22.39%
Democratic Susan Sommer36,80940.45%-25.65%
Independent Paul O. Ehlers2,9643.26%
Scattering450.05%
Plurality14,36715.79%-16.46%
Total votes90,994 100.0% -29.34%
Republican gain from Democratic

U.S. House of Representatives (2020)

Wisconsin's 7th congressional district special election, 2020 [14] [15]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
Republican Primary Election, February 18, 2020
Republican Tom Tiffany 43,714 57.44%
Republican Jason Church32,33942.50%
Republican Michael Opela (write-in)180.02%
Scattering290.04%
Total votes76,100 100.0%
Special Election, May 12, 2020
Republican Tom Tiffany 109,592 57.22% -2.89%
Democratic Tricia Zunker81,92842.78%+4.27%
Plurality27,66414.44%-7.16%
Total votes191,520 100.0% -40.68%
Republican hold

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Wisconsin State Senate
Preceded by
Jim Holperin
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 12th district

2013–2020
Vacant
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sean Duffy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 7th congressional district

2020-present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mike Garcia
United States Representatives by seniority
429th
Succeeded by
Chris Jacobs