WAUSAU, Wis. – Tom Tiffany will serve as the next representative of Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District.
Tiffany, a Republican, was elected Tuesday, beating out Democrat Tricia Zunker for the seat during a special election, according to the Associated Press.
Tiffany is facing a quick turnaround after the election. He will be expected in Washington, D.C., starting next week to begin serving in Congress. Tiffany also faces another campaign season, too. Like every other seat in Congress, the 7th Congressional District is on the ballot in November.
Zunker, 39, is the president of the Wausau School Board and an associate justice for the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court. She is the first Native American woman to run for Congress in Wisconsin since Ada Deer lost to Republican Scott Klug in 1992.
Tiffany, 62, has served as a state senator since 2013 and spent two decades running Wilderness Cruises on the Willow Flowage.
Campaigns for the seat kicked off last September after former U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy stepped down after learning the child his wife was about to have would require open-heart surgery not long after her birth.
The race has been marked by high spending by Republicans, with Tiffany bringing in over $1.3 million, including donations from Republican interest groups. Zunker raised just over $350,000 in the election.
The race was also marked by sharp ideological disagreements, on display in a series of debates in the weeks leading up to the debate. Among the most heated topics were the candidates' divergent viewpoints on abortion, mining interests in northern Wisconsin and gun control.
The district, which covers all of 21 counties and portions of five others in northern Wisconsin, has tilted heavily toward Republicans in recent years. President Donald Trump won the district by 20 points in 2016.
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