|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Wisconsin's 7th district
|Assumed office |
May 19, 2020
|Preceded by||Sean Duffy|
|Member of the Wisconsin Senate|
from the 12th district
January 7, 2013 – May 18, 2020
|Preceded by||Jim Holperin|
|Succeeded by||Mary Felzkowski|
|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly|
from the 35th district
January 3, 2011 – January 7, 2013
|Preceded by||Donald Friske|
|Succeeded by||Mary Felzkowski|
|Born||December 30, 1957|
Wabasha, Minnesota, U.S.
|Education||University of Wisconsin–River Falls (BS)|
Thomas P. Tiffany (born December 30, 1957) is a 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 elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2011 and the Wisconsin Senate in 2013. Tiffany succeeded Sean Duffy in Congress, winning a special election against Democrat Tricia Zunker.
Tiffany was born in Wabasha, Minnesota, and grew up on a dairy farm near Elmwood, Pierce County, Wisconsin, with five brothers and two sisters. He graduated from Elmwood High School in 1976 and earned his B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls in 1980.
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.
Tiffany served as the Town Supervisor of Little Rice, Wisconsin, from 2009 to 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 incumbent Donald Friske retired. Tiffany won the primary and defeated Democratic nominee Jay Schmelling, 58.09% to 41.81%.
In 2012, Tiffany chose not to seek reelection to the Assembly and instead to run again for the Senate after Holperin announced he would not run for reelection. He defeated Democrat Susan Sommer, 56% to 40%, in the general election.
Incumbent Representative 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 succeed him. He won the February 18 Republican primary and defeated Wausau attorney Tricia Zunker in the May 12 special election.
Tiffany defeated Zunker in a rematch in the November 3 general election with 60.7% of the vote.
Tiffany was sworn in on May 19, 2020.
In December 2020, Tiffany was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.
Tiffany was among the 120 House members, all Republicans, who objected to counting Arizona's and Pennsylvania's electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election. Representative Scott L. Fitzgerald joined Tiffany in this objection.
In June 2021, Tiffany was one of 14 House Republicans to vote against legislation to establish June 19, or Juneteenth, as a federal holiday.
In June 2021, Tiffany was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq.
Tiffany and his wife, Christine, have three children.
|Republican Primary Election, September 14, 2004|
|Republican||William E. Raduege||2,828||19.19%|
|General Election, November 2, 2004|
|Democratic||Roger Breske (incumbent)||47,287||53.47%|
|General Election, November 4, 2008|
|Republican Primary Election, September 14, 2010|
|General Election, November 2, 2010|
|General Election, November 6, 2012|
|Independent||Paul O. Ehlers||2,964||3.26%|
|Republican gain from Democratic|
|Republican Primary Election, February 18, 2020|
|Republican||Michael Opela (write-in)||18||0.02%|
|Special Election, May 12, 2020|
|Republican||Tom Tiffany (incumbent)||252,048||60.7|