Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

WISCONSIN's 7th DISTRICT

Duffy on President's Cuban Cave

2014/12/17

  Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative, Foreign Affairs Committee Member, Sean Duffy (WI-07) released the following comments after the White House announced change in policy toward U.S. – Cuban relations: "I am very glad for the safe return of Alan Gross, but he should have never been imprisoned in the first place and his release should not have been a part of a negotiation - it should have been unconditional. The President's lone wolf approach to diplomacy and continued negotiations for the release of terrorists and those that have killed U.S. citizens only emboldens people and governments who wish Americans harm.    "The President has once again extended his hand to a leader who raises a fist in return. He has offered a commitment to a significant shift in U.S. Policy without any guarantees that Cuba will follow suit. Just last week, 240 dissidents were arrested in Cuba during human right protests. It is clear that the Castro regime has no genuine interest in changing it's ways anytime soon."        "The big question here is, why does the President continue to negotiate from a position of weakness?" ### Read More

Duffy Announces Agenda for Hunger & Homelessness Summit

2014/12/12

Hudson, WI – U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07) announces the agenda for his 2nd Annual Hunger and Homelessness Summit which will take place this coming Tuesday, December 16th in New Richmond, WI. This year’s summit will feature a keynote address by Lloyd Pendleton who is credited as the architect behind eliminating chronic homelessness in the state of Utah. The more than 100 attendees will participate in panel discussions that focus on overcoming obstacles to eliminating homelessness in Central and Northern Wisconsin. Full itinerary and details about the upcoming event are below: Rep. Duffy offered: “I am very excited about the schedule for this summit. We will again bring together local government officials, economic development associations, non-profits, religious organizations, and government agencies, but we’re also looking at success stories outside of our state. We all share a passion for helping the less fortunate in our state and it will be that determination that will make the ultimate difference for so many.”  This event is open to members of the media and will include media availability from 11:30am – 12:30pm. To RSVP, please email Cassie Smedile.   Rep. Duffy’s 2nd Annual Hunger & Homelessness Summit  Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 WITC Conference Center 1019 South Knowles Avenue New Richmond 7:00-8:00am - Tour Grace Place (Attendees and Speakers) 8:00-9:00am   Registration 9:00am         Welcome by Rep. Sean Duffy 9:30am         Keynote Speaker                      Lloyd Pendleton -Utah Homelessness Task Force 10:30am      The Art of Grant Writing                      Nerissa Nelson UW - Stevens Point The Foundation Center 11:30am      Food Education                     Mary Lestrud - UW Extension- St. Croix County                    Kelly Appleton – Hudson Hospital and Clinic 12:10pm     Fundraising- Panel Discussion (working lunch)                       Salvation Army - Duana Bremmer                    OEM Fabricators - Mark Tyler                    Catholic Charities - Tina Palmer  1:15pm       Drug and Alcohol Abuse                                                   Hazeldon - Jeremiah Gardner, Michael A. Erb, Steven L. Schreiber Dave Armstrong – Shares his story of struggle with homelessness & dependency and finding his way to prosperty 2:05pm      Anne Byrd Remarks          2:45pm      Congressman SeanDuffy Closing and Q&A 3:00pm      Adjourn                       REGISTER  To register, click here or call 715-808-8160  ### Read More

ICYMI

2014/12/08

Dear friends, Between all of the emails about holiday shopping, I wanted to send you an update on some work that happened this week in Washington. Keep reading for a quick round-up of a few things you might have missed:   Ashland Light Weathers Final Legislative Storms: This week, Congress gave the final approval for the Ashland Breakwater Light’s transfer. As the lighthouse prepares to celebrate it’s 100th birthday, this legislation will ensure that it will continue to stand strong on Lake Superior’s shores for many years to come. I have worked closely with National Park Service staff, as well as the local recreational community, to strike a balance that allows for the transfer of the lighthouse itself while preventing additional Washington rules and regulations from affecting any recreation on the waters surrounding the Ashland Light. The legislation was included as part of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act which passed the House of Representatives Thursday by a bipartisan vote of 300 to 119. It is expected to be considered in the Senate next week. Utilizing Culture & Tradition to Bolster U.S. Trade & Economy: I was glad to host about a dozen Wisconsin Hispanic business leaders this week in Washington. The day long agenda included meetings with myself, Sen. Johnson and Mexican Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora. We discussed the impending Mexican consulate in Milwaukee and we also talked about the trade and economic relationship the U.S. and Mexico share and its importance to the U.S.'s role in the overall global economy. Thanks to U.S. manufacturing, many Mexican products imported to the U.S. are made with American made parts; as a result, the United States makes back 40 cents for every dollar we spend on imports from Mexico. The economy and job growth remain the top priorities for all Americans. I agree. From a legislative standpoint, my goal is to advance opportunities for Wisconsin businesses - including our growing Hispanic-owned businesses. It was great to host a conversation in the shadow of our nation's capitol on ways in which we can engage both our economic and cultural relationship with Mexico to advance opportunities for Wisconsin’s businesses.  A few spots left! We still have some spots available for our 2nd annual Hunger & Homelessness summit. Click on the image below for more registration details.     That’s the quick rundown for this week. Until next week… Have a great week,  Sean Read More

Ashland Lighthouse Weathers Final Legislative Storms

2014/12/04

  [[{"fid":"404","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07) praised passage of legislation that included approval for the iconic Ashland Breakwater Light to be transferred from the Coast Guard to the National Park Service: “Today, Congress gave the final approval for the Ashland Breakwater Light’s transfer. As the lighthouse prepares to celebrate it’s 100th birthday, this legislation will ensure that it will continue to stand strong on Lake Superior’s shores for another century. “I have worked closely with National Park Service staff, as well as the local recreational community, to strike a balance that allows for the transfer of the lighthouse itself while preventing additional Washington rules and regulations from affecting any recreation on the waters surrounding the Ashland Light.” City of Ashland Mayor, Deb Lewis, also offered her praise for the bill’s passage, “I am delighted that the Ashland Lighthouse will now be included in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore along with all the other lighthouses in the area.  This will help provide additional economic, tourist, and educational benefits not only for the City of Ashland but for the entire Chequamegon Bay region.  Ashland is a city that values its history and this inclusion will allow future visitors and residents to know the story of Ashland’s role in the area.  I want to thank Congressman Duffy and Senator Baldwin for successfully working together, along with all the other interested agencies, to accomplish final passage of this bill.” The legislation was included as part of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act which passed the House of Representatives Thursday by a bipartisan vote of 300 to 119. It is expected to be considered in the Senate next week.   ### Read More

In this season of giving...

2014/12/01

Dear friends, The last of the relatives have departed and the Thanksgiving leftovers are almost gone. As we turn our attention to tree cutting and gift giving, it is can be easy to forget about the people in our community who do not have a home to gather in, or the means to prepare a holiday meal. Often when we think of hunger and homelessness we imagine urban, high population centers like Madison or Milwaukee, but it is a very prevalent problem in rural communities across America and the 7th Congressional District is no exception.  Once again, I will host a Hunger & Homelessness Summit to bring community and government organizations together to tackle this issue in our own backyard. I hope you will join us. Last year’s summit proved to be both productive and necessary. It brought together community leaders from all sides of the district, many of which had never met before, and started a conversation about how we can stamp out hunger and homelessness in our state. Those talks translated into a legislative fix that I was glad to successfully fight to have included in an Appropriations measure this year.  While it was a great start, there is still much work to be done. I am very excited about the schedule for this summit. We will again bring together local government officials, economic development associations, non-profits, religious organizations, and government agencies, but it will also feature speakers from other states who have experienced success curbing homelessness in their communities. This summit is open to anyone with an interest in the issue. For more details, or to register, please click below: Rep. Duffy’s 2nd Annual Hunger & Homelessness Summit Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
; Check in begins at 8am WITC Conference Center; 
1019 South Knowles Avenue
,  New Richmond, WI  54017 REGISTER  To register, click here or call 715-808-8160 Thank you to the countless men and women in our community who have devoted so much time to stamping out hunger and homelessness: Every little bit is making a very big difference in the lives of a great many people. I wish you and yours a blessed holiday season. Until next week… Have a great week,     Sean Read More

Duffy to President: Critical Access Hospitals are Critical to Rural America

2014/11/24

Leads Bipartisan Group of 45 Lawmakers in Appeal to President Obama    Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) led an effort with 45 Members of Congress to ask President Obama to refrain from including arbitrary cuts to Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) in his upcoming budget request.  In their appeal, the lawmakers state, "CAHs play an important role in communities by providing access to primary, emergency, and acute care services. Further, CAHs offer economic security and quality jobs in rural areas across the nation. Budget cuts directed at CAHs in previous years have threatened their ability to act as a safety net for hundreds of thousands of Americans living in rural communities." The lawmakers make clear that they are in favor of targeted Medicare reforms, but say that the estimated savings from these cuts is insignificant: "We believe these savings are overstated as patients will still need to seek care at other facilities… indiscriminate cuts to CAHs, similar to those included in previous budgets, are not the answer."    The lawmakers' request was delivered to the President Tuesday. The President is expected to release his budget proposal in early 2015.   Full letter to President Obama:  2014.11.24 CAH letter to Obama.pdf       ### Read More

Duffy to Chair Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee

2014/11/20

Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) issued the following statement after it was announced that he has been appointed Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: "I am grateful to Chairman Hensarling and my colleagues for this opportunity. I look forward to helping further the American agenda that Jeb has laid out. Together, we will retract government overreach and continue our efforts to make our unelected officials more transparent and accountable to the people." Chairman Jeb Hensarling offered, "Rep. Duffy is a strong, Conservative Member of our conference and will be an asset to the Committee's leadership team. From shedding light on troubling problems at the unaccountable CFPB, to reigning in the government's mass collection of Americans' private information, Sean's passionate and principled approach serves the American people well."   ### Read More

Duffy on Gruber & Obamacare: ‘The Lie is the Law’

2014/11/19

Goes “On the Record” w/ Greta Van Susteren   Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) discussed the latest comments from Jonathan Gruber with fellow Wisconsinite Greta Van Susteren on Fox News:    [[{"fid":"400","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]]   “They are trying to say that this is just about Mr. Gruber and is not about [them] and the Administration. However, as we all know now, Gruber sat in the inner-circle with Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi crafting the law and developing the lie and the misrepresentation – the lie is the law right now. “When we look at the law and we look at what Gruber said, they match up! There is no distinction between the lies that were told and the law that was written. I think that’s why this video was so powerful. To watch the full interview, click here.      ### Read More

Duffy: GOP Policies Keep Focus On Next Generation

2014/11/18

Delivers remarks during Republican Leadership Press Conference [[{"fid":"399","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]]   Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) focused on the House GOP’s efforts to support policies that will encourage good opportunities for the next generation during the Republican leadership press conference.   “I had a chance to drive out from Wisconsin with my son, Jack. We had a lot of good quality time. As any parent today, I think about my child’s future. As I look at Jack who is about to turn 13, I know other parents are out there looking at their own kids who are about to graduate from high school or college and they are looking at what opportunities exist for the next generation. It looks pretty bleak right now. As they look to this town, they want us all to work together. They want us to work on solutions that advance opportunity, not just for them, but also for the next generation.   “To work together, that means you need Republicans and Democrats singing off the same sheet of music. As you look at this new American Congress, we’re willing to do that. We’re willing to work on ideas that are going to grow opportunity, that are going to grow jobs, and allow people the pathway into better paying jobs. We need the President to help us – we need the President to engage.”    To watch Rep. Duffy’s full remarks, click here.   ### Read More

House Passes Duffy Bill: Approves Transfer of Responsibility for Ashland Breakwater Light

2014/11/18

  Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy’s bill to transfer responsibility for the iconic Ashland lighthouse from the Coast Guard to the National Park Service passed the House of Representatives today. Click on the image to watch Rep. Duffy’s full remarks during Floor debate on the bill: [[{"fid":"398","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]]   Rep. Duffy commented, “Next year will mark the 100th Anniversary of the Ashland Breakwater Light, a lighthouse that has stood strong on Lake Superior’s shores, guiding ships through dark nights and storms and welcoming travelers back home. “I have worked closely with National Park Service staff, as well as the local recreational community, to strike a balance that allows for the transfer of the lighthouse itself while preventing additional Washington rules and regulations from affecting any recreation on the waters surrounding the Ashland Light.”   City of Ashland Mayor, Deb Lewis, also offered her praise for the bill’s passage, ““I am delighted that the Ashland Lighthouse will now be included in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore along with all the other lighthouses in the area.  This will help provide additional economic, tourist, and educational benefits not only for the City of Ashland but for the entire Chequamegon Bay region.  Ashland is a city that values its history and this inclusion will allow future visitors and residents to know the story of Ashland’s role in the area.  I want to thank Congressman Duffy and Senator Baldwin for successfully working together, along with all the other interested agencies, to accomplish final passage of this bill.”   ### Read More

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Congressman Sean Duffy was born and raised in Hayward, Wisconsin. His great, great grandfather was one of the state’s early pioneers and a laborer for the Northwestern Lumber Company. His great grandfather, one of Hayward’s founding settlers, was a sawyer for 27 years.

Congressman Duffy has never strayed far from his roots, becoming a nationally recognized professional lumberjack athlete. He is a two-time world champion in the 90-foot speed climb, three-time champion in the 60-foot and an accomplished log-roller. Sean has been a color commentator for ESPN’s Great Outdoor Games, as well as a Badger State Games Honorary Athlete and takes pride in bringing national attention to a sport with vital roots in Wisconsin’s proud history.
The tenth of eleven siblings, Congressman Duffy worked his way through law school by performing in lumberjack shows and exhibitions across the state of Wisconsin and around the country. After graduating from law school he practiced law for two years in Hayward before becoming a special prosecutor in Ashland, Wisconsin. Shortly thereafter, he became the acting assistant D.A, and later the District Attorney of Ashland County. He is most proud of his dedication to prosecuting child sex crimes. Working together with law enforcement, Congressman Duffy helped make Ashland County one of the first counties in the state to investigate and prosecute child Internet sex crimes.

Congressman Duffy met his wife Rachel Campos-Duffy, an Arizona native, through the MTV show, “The Real World,” Together, they are the proud parents of six children: Evita, Jack, Lucia-Belen, John-Paul, Paloma, and MariaVictoria.


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