About Senator Tom Tiffany


Headshot.jpgTom Tiffany is a husband, father, dam tender and 25-year resident of the 12th Senate District. He currently serves as a state senator and citizen legislator for the hardworking people of Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Shawano and Vilas counties.

He is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism and has served three sessions on Wisconsin’s powerful budget-writing committee.

Of, From, and For the Northwoods

Growing up on a farm near Elmwood, Tom learned the value of hard work, self-sufficiency, and accountability. He graduated from UW–River Falls, then began working for a farm cooperative where he managed its petroleum division.

When he first moved to the Northwoods, Tom managed Zenker Oil’s petroleum distribution. Shortly after, Tom and Chris became the proud owner/operators of a riverboat on the Willow Flowage. Tom has served as a town supervisor in Little Rice and on the Oneida County Economic Development Corporation Board, and he continues to work as a dam tender.

Family Man

Nothing is more important to Tom than family. Tom and his wife, Chris, are the proud parents of three daughters — Karlyn, Lexie, and Katherine. Tom has worked to teach the lessons he learned on the farm and in business to his daughters — that having a strong work ethic is vital for the future of our families, community, and state.

The Tiffany family lives in Minocqua along with their Labrador Retriever, Carmel.


The Bigger the Government, the Smaller the Citizen

Tom believes the bigger the government, the smaller the citizen, and he has devoted his public service to empowering the people of the Northwoods and limiting the size and scope of government.

Tom has a consistent record of fighting to keep bureaucrats at the Department of Natural Resources in check and support the rights of private property owners. He led efforts to bring accountability to state government by reining in red tape and requiring legislative approval of any new rules.

When partisan government bureaucrats in Madison were abusing their offices for political means, Tom led the charge to reform Wisconsin’s John Doe laws to ensure our First Amendment rights. Tom also passed legislation to help prevent expensive frivolous lawsuits against small businesses.

A Proven Conservative

As a state assemblyman and state senator, Tom has enacted bold reforms that set the stage for Wisconsin’s economic comeback and historic levels of employment. These initiatives took $13 billion out of the hands of special interests and gave it back to Wisconsinites through tax cuts.

A proud member of the NRA, Tom fought to successfully remove the 48-hour waiting period for purchasing a handgun, establish concealed carry and work to protect our 2nd Amendment rights.

Tom is an author and supporter of the Convention of States resolution, which would encourage term limits for members of Congress and strict fiscal restraint. Tom has also worked to protect the lives of the most vulnerable among us, the unborn, by banning late-term abortions for babies who can feel pain.


The 12th Senate District