Thomas Evert Petri (born May 28,
has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1979,
representing Wisconsin's 6th congressional district.
Born as Thomas Evert in Marinette,
his father was killed during World War II and he adopted the name Petri after his mother remarried when he was still a young child. He graduated from Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac,
Wisconsin. Petri then attended Harvard University,
where he received his bachelors of arts and law degrees. During 1966–67,
he has introduced several bills to help students get access to low-cost loans.
Petri introduced the Student Aid Reward (STAR) Act,
Petri introduced the Direct Loan Reward Ac … Petri introduced the Direct Loan Reward Act to achieve savings of some $18 billion over the next 10 years in the federal student loan program. Petri says the present student loan program includes big subsidies for private banks that are unnecessary. “If we stop subsidizing banks and just provide the loans directly from the U.S. Treasury the loans directly from the U.S. Treasury,
we could free up billions of dollars to be used for Pell scholarships,
” said Petri