Petri won't run for re-election

U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-6th District)
U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-6th District)

WASHINGTON - Longtime 6th District Rep. Tom Petri says he will not run for re-election.

U.S. Rep. Tom Petri // In Congress

  • Born May 28, 1940 in Marinette.

  • 1958 graduate of Fond du Lac Goodrich High School.

  • Law degree from Harvard.

  • Served in state Senate from 1973-79.

  • First elected to U.S. House in 1979.

Petri's office says he will make an official announcement at a town hall meeting Monday in Neenah.

The news comes eight days after fellow Republican Glenn Grothman, a state senator from West Bend, announced he would move into the district to mount a primary challenge against Petri. State Sen. Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) also sent the following tweet Friday afternoon: "I appreciate your thoughts and prayers as I contemplate a candidacy for the 6th Congressional District. Stay tuned for more news."

Petri, of Fond du Lac, has been in Congress since 1979. He is finishing his 18th term in office. He turns 74 years old next month.

His district runs from the Lake Michigan shoreline to Wisconsin Dells and from the northern suburbs of Milwaukee to Waushara County. It includes Oshkosh, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc and Neenah.

The town hall meeting at which Petri plans to make his announcement is scheduled for 4-5 p.m. in the city council chambers of Neenah City Hall.