GOP congressman to announce retirement
April 11th, 2014
05:00 PM ET
8 years ago

GOP congressman to announce retirement

Washington (CNN) - Add Rep. Tom Petri to the growing list of House members who are retiring at the end of the year rather than running for re-election.

The Wisconsin Republican's office put out a statement Friday that the 17-term congressman will make a statement on Monday at a town hall in Neenah, Wisconsin, "announcing that he will not be a candidate for reelection to Congress."

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Petri becomes the 24th House member (14 Republicans and 10 Democrats) to announce their retirement at the end of 2014. Another 18 representatives (11 Republicans and seven Democrats) are running for the Senate or other offices rather than campaigning for another term in the House.

Petri represents Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District, which is located in the east-central part of the state and includes Oshkosh and Sheboygan. He won 62% of the vote in his 2012 re-election. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the district by seven percentage points in the presidential election. Overall, the district is considered pretty safe for the GOP.

Petri, first elected to Congress in a 1979 special election, is currently chairman of the Transportation Committee's Highways and Transit subcommittee.

Filed under: 2014 • Wisconsin
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Why would Rep. Tom Petri want to be called a quitter , he and his party have been doing such an incredible job at wasting tax payer money.

    April 11, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Good riddance.

    April 11, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. penguin

    But the elected replacement will likely be more Tea Party like

    April 11, 2014 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. smith 1

    lets replace him with a democrat. This guy didn't do anything but cost the taxpayers money for the last 5 years.

    April 11, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. Pander Bear

    Yeah 17 years of screwing up the country is enough I think.

    April 11, 2014 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. brownbuttonglutton

    Dems are getting shellacked in November.

    April 11, 2014 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  7. BDR

    Soon an "R" next to your name will label you as retro regressive or just plain retarded. It's fully understandable why so many won't seek re-election having to sell their soul to the Koch brothers and the Tea Party,it's just shameful.

    April 11, 2014 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  8. Are you kidding me?

    Dems – get out and vote. Time for a change and end dysfunction in congress.

    April 11, 2014 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  9. ghost

    Come On NOVEMBER and 2016. Time to PURGE!!!

    April 11, 2014 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  10. Bubba

    Big Rats always leave the sinking ship first, and the Tea Party has torpedoed the GOP.

    April 12, 2014 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  11. Jack

    My feelings is; if you are moderate you either called a sociaist a commie or worse. If he is a tea partier good riddance, if he is a moderate, I understand!

    April 12, 2014 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  12. blue max

    34 years in congress.... time to get a real job pal.

    April 12, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |

    Well , if he's in charge of highway infersturture , why are these GOP CLOWNS DOING NOTHING about roads and bridges???? The GOP has got to go in November . The number 17 seats is looking better and better for dems to take control of the house.. You should see the fight going on in the Florida 19 the district . The four GOP clowns running are fighting like cats and dogs!!!! Solution???? VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRAT LIKE I AM!!!!!!!

    April 12, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. just saying

    34 years is long enough, time to get back to the real world and enjoy your family. when are all of the democrat dinosaurs going to retire? i guess they don't know any other life than one of living off the taxpayers.

    April 12, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. GI Joe

    He has his pension fully funded, he gets benefits for the duration of his life, he can now be a lobbyist and add icing to the takers cake.

    April 12, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |