Tom Tiffany
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 7th district
Assumed office
May 19, 2020
Preceded bySean Duffy
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 12th district
In office
January 7, 2013 – May 18, 2020
Preceded byJim Holperin
Succeeded byMary Felzkowski
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 35th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 7, 2013
Preceded byDonald Friske
Succeeded byMary Felzkowski
Personal details
Born (1957-12-30) December 30, 1957 (age 63)
Wabasha, Minnesota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Christine Sully
Children3
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin–River Falls (BS)
WebsiteHouse website

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 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.

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

Main article: 2020 Wisconsin's 7th congressional district 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]

2020

See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin § District 7

Tiffany defeated Zunker in a rematch during the November 3 general election with 60.7% of the vote.

Tenure

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

In December 2020, Tiffany was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives who signed 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 prevailed[7] over 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 the election held by another state.[8][9][10]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." Additionally, Pelosi reprimanded Tiffany and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions."[11][12] New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Tiffany and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit. Pascrell argued that "the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that."[13]

Tiffany was among the 120 members of the United States House of Representatives, all Republicans, who objected to counting the Electoral votes from both the states of Arizona and Pennsylvania in the 2020 United States Presidential Election.[14] In this opposition, Tiffany was joined by fellow House member from Wisconsin, Scott L. Fitzgerald.[15]

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[19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Primary Election, September 14, 2004
Republican Tom Tiffany 8,909 60.44%
Republican Gary Baier 2,998 20.34%
Republican William E. Raduege 2,828 19.19%
Scattering 5 0.03%
Total votes 14,740 100.0%
General Election, November 2, 2004
Democratic Roger Breske (incumbent) 47,287 53.47%
Republican Tom Tiffany 41,119 46.49%
Scattering 38 0.04%
Plurality 6,168 6.97%
Total votes 88,444 100.0%
Democratic hold
Wisconsin Senate, 12th District Election, 2008[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
General Election, November 4, 2008
Democratic Jim Holperin 85,125 66.11% +12.64%
Republican Tom Tiffany 43,595 33.85% -12.64%
Scattering 50 0.04%
Plurality 41,530 32.25% +25.28%
Total votes 128,770 100.0% +45.59%
Democratic hold

Wisconsin Assembly (2010)

Wisconsin Assembly, 35th District Election, 2010[22][23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Primary Election, September 14, 2010
Republican Tom Tiffany 3,708 63.77%
Republican Jeremy Cordova 2,107 36.23%
Scattering 0 0.00%
Total votes 5,815 100.0%
General Election, November 2, 2010
Republican Tom Tiffany 11,830 58.09%
Democratic Jay Schmelling 8,515 41.81%
Scattering 21 0.10%
Plurality 3,315 16.28% +2.79%
Total votes 20,366 100.0%
Republican hold

Wisconsin Senate (2012, 2016)

Wisconsin Senate, 12th District Election, 2012[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
General Election, November 6, 2012
Republican Tom Tiffany 51,176 56.24% +22.39%
Democratic Susan Sommer 36,809 40.45% -25.65%
Independent Paul O. Ehlers 2,964 3.26%
Scattering 45 0.05%
Plurality 14,367 15.79% -16.46%
Total votes 90,994 100.0% -29.34%
Republican gain from Democratic

U.S. House of Representatives (2020)

Wisconsin's 7th congressional district special election, 2020[25][26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Primary Election, February 18, 2020
Republican Tom Tiffany 43,714 57.44%
Republican Jason Church 32,339 42.50%
Republican Michael Opela (write-in) 18 0.02%
Scattering 29 0.04%
Total votes 76,100 100.0%
Special Election, May 12, 2020
Republican Tom Tiffany 109,592 57.22% -2.89%
Democratic Tricia Zunker 81,928 42.78% +4.27%
Plurality 27,664 14.44% -7.16%
Total votes 191,520 100.0% -40.68%
Republican hold
Wisconsin's 7th congressional district, 2020[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Tiffany (incumbent) 252,048 60.7
Democratic Tricia Zunker 162,741 39.2
Write-in 218 0.1
Total votes 415,007 100.0
Republican hold

References

  1. ^ a b Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau (2019). "Elected Officials: Legislature". Wisconsin Blue Book 2019-2010 (Report). Madison, Wisconsin: State of Wisconsin. p. 56. ISBN 978-1-7333817-0-3. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Biography". Tom Tiffany for Assembly. Archived from the original on August 7, 2010 – via Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b c "Tom Tiffany will seek northern Senate post". Antigo Daily Journal. March 29, 2012. Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2020 – via Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Kirkby, Sean (November 7, 2012). "Republicans Take State Senate". The Badger Herald. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  5. ^ Schulte, Laura (February 18, 2020). "Tricia Zunker and Tom Tiffany advance to May special election for Wisconsin 7th Congressional District". Wausau Daily Herald. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
  6. ^ Poltrock, Heather (May 19, 2020). "Tom Tiffany sworn in to U.S. House of Representatives". WSAW. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  7. ^ Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). "Biden officially secures enough electors to become president". AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  8. ^ Liptak, Adam (2020-12-11). "Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  9. ^ "Order in Pending Case" (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. 2020-12-11. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  10. ^ Diaz, Daniella. "Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court". CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
  11. ^ Smith, David (2020-12-12). "Supreme court rejects Trump-backed Texas lawsuit aiming to overturn election results". The Guardian. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  12. ^ "Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Rejecting GOP Election Sabotage Lawsuit" (Press release). Speaker Nancy Pelosi. December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  13. ^ Williams, Jordan (2020-12-11). "Democrat asks Pelosi to refuse to seat lawmakers supporting Trump's election challenges". TheHill. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-12.
  14. ^ Chang, Alvin (January 7, 2021). "The long list of Republicans who voted to reject election results". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  15. ^ Bauer, Scott (January 7, 2021). "GOP Reps. Tiffany, Fitzgerald object to certifying Biden win". AP News. Associated Press. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
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  17. ^ "Membership". Republican Study Committee. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
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  20. ^ Results of Fall General Election - 11/02/2004 (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Elections Commission. December 1, 2004. p. 8. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  21. ^ Fall General Election - 11/04/2008 (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Elections Commission. November 24, 2008. p. 6. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
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  24. ^ Canvass Results for 2012 Presidential and General Election - 11/6/2012 (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Elections Commission. December 26, 2012. p. 5. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  25. ^ Canvass Results for 2020 Spring Primary - 2/18/2020 (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Elections Commission. March 3, 2020. p. 1. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
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Wisconsin State Assembly
Preceded by
Donald Friske
Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
from the 35th district

2011–2013
Succeeded by
Mary Felzkowski
Wisconsin State Senate
Preceded by
Jim Holperin
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 12th district

2013–2020
Succeeded by
Mary Felzkowski
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
370th
Succeeded by
Chris Jacobs