|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 previously elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly (2011–2013) and Wisconsin Senate (2013–2020). Tiffany succeeded fellow Republican 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. from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls in 1980 with a degree in agricultural economics.
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 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%.
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.
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.
Tiffany defeated Zunker in a rematch during 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 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 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.
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." 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."
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. In this opposition, Tiffany was joined by fellow House member from Wisconsin, Scott L. Fitzgerald.
He 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|