Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

WISCONSIN's 7th DISTRICT

#Privacy

2014/07/23

Duffy Amendment Unianimously Passes House Promotes #Privacy for Students Washington D.C. - U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) introduced an amendment to H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project, a bill that would give schools the flexibility to base course completion on competency rather than time in a classroom. The Duffy Amendment would require those institutions to notify students of the possibility that software companies they contract with may access their personally identifiable information and could be sold to another party. The Duffy Amendment would also give students an opportunity to opt-out from having their personally identifiable information sold. During debate on the Amendment, Rep. Duffy emphasized the importance of giving Americans, particularly college students, these notifications and options. “This is about empowering students: giving them the power and control over their personally identifiable information. If they choose to have it sold, so be it; they give permission – just like when they make a post on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter. But if they don’t give consent, let’s not allow schools to take their information and sell it without their permission.” Click on the image to watch the full debate: [[{"fid":"379","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-full"}}]] The Amendment passed the House of Representatives by voice vote and was met with widespread praise from Members on both sides of the aisle. ### Read More

This Doesn’t Add-Up

2014/07/22

Wisconsin Republicans Voice Continued Frustration Over Misreporting of VA Wait Times  Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy led an effort with the Republican Members of the Wisconsin Congressional delegation to push the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for answers over discrepancies between the estimated wait times reported by the VA medical centers and the actual wait times that were discovered during the official audit. In the letter, the Wisconsin Members note media reports that show reported wait times far out of line with what Veterans actually waited. At the Tomah and Milwaukee offices, the difference in reported times were 8 and 11 days respectively. However, the worst offender was the Madison office; wait times for a primary care new patient appointment reported as 29 days – but the audit found Veterans waited closer to 50 days. The lawmakers ask acting VA Secretary Sloan D. Gibson to address the discrepancy by providing further details on several key points. These include, what reporting errors led to the discrepancy? What steps are being taken to ensure this no longer happens? And, what types of punishments or retributions are put in place for facilities that are flagged for further review, like Madison? They’ve requested a response within 30 days. To read the full letter to Acting Secretary Gibson, click here. The request for this audit stemmed from multiple meetings that Rep. Duffy hosted with the VA, the Wisconsin Congressional delegation and Wisconsin Veterans. Rep. Duffy is planning another Veterans roundtable in Hudson, WI, on August 4, 2014, from 12:00 – 1:30 PM at the Hudson House Hotel. That event is open to the public and media.   ### Read More

Rep. Duffy to Honor World War II Veteran in Thorp

2014/07/18

Hudson, WI – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) will host a medal ceremony event in Thorp, WI on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 to honor World War II Veteran, Sgt. Anton F. Jacks, with his much deserved medal for his distinguished and heroic service to our nation and the people of France. This event is open to the public and the media. Full details below:   Medal Ceremony Honoring Sgt. Anton F. Jacks of Thorp, WI Tuesday, July 22, 2014; 8:00 – 9:00 AM Thorp American Legion 500 North Washington Street, Thorp, WI   Rep. Duffy will have the privilege of presenting the Legion d’Honneur to Sergeant Anton F. Jacks. Sgt. Jacks is a World War II Veteran who served in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. He is being awarded this prestigious medal for his heroic acts on August 29, 1944. On that day, Sgt. Jacks made a quick decision to booby trap the perimeter of the outpost where he was standing guard while his unit and 10 free Frenchmen rested inside. At 0745, German soldiers initiated an attack on the outpost from three separate directions and thus set off three detonations. In the official statement, Capt. Richard Brooks stated, “The outpost was attacked by a numerically superior force of 88 Germans. At 0845 the attacking enemy, failing to penetrate the courageous fighting men of the outpost withdrew.” The Legion d’Honneur award was created to honor U.S. Veterans who risked their lives during World War II on French territory in one of three campaigns for the liberation of France: Normandy, Provence (Southern France) or Northern France. For more information about this event, please call, 715-808-8160.   ### Read More

#YoPro

2014/07/15

Hudson, WI – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy will host a young professionals meet-up on August 4th in Hudson. Young professionals including, but certainly not limited to, students and those at the start of their career paths are invited to join Rep. Duffy to discuss topics of particular interest or concern. This event is open to the public and media. Full details below:   Rep. Duffy’s Young Professionals Meet-Up Monday, August 4, 2014 6:00 – 7:00 PM Stone Tap Pub 517 2nd St. Hudson, WI, 54016   For additional information, please call the Hudson office at 715-808-8160 Read More

And the winner is...

2014/06/29

  [[{"fid":"375","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"}}]] Dear friends,   On “National Paul Bunyan Day”, it is fitting to announce the incredibly deserving winner of the 2014 Paul Bunyan “Service Above Self” Award. Wisconsin’s 7thDistrict is home to the final resting place of Paul Bunyan, but the legend of this larger than life lumberjack is alive and well. Paul Bunyan is a symbol of might, the willingness to work hard, and the resolve to overcome all obstacles. This year’s Paul Bunyan “Service Above Self” award winner is Dennis Boucher of Marshfield.He embodies the larger-than-life spirit of Paul Bunyan and has gone above and beyond to improve our 7th District community.  Rural homelessness is a prevalent issue in our area. About 2 years ago, a group of community leaders, including Dennis, got together to brainstorm ways to address this issue. Discussions led to the local St. Vincent de Paul society, which had a plot of land available that could be used to build transitional housing. Dennis took up the mighty challenge of leading the effort to establish a transition housing facility for those in need in Marshfield. According to his nominator, “From the moment of his involvement, Dennis has never wavered. He has, with quiet confidence and supreme faith, pushed the project forward such that today there is a fourteen apartment family homeless shelter in Marshfield. Currently, there are nine families housed there; soon to be eleven.   Dennis has spent hours as a volunteer, a charitable donation coordinator, a construction worker, janitor, cook, and now as a volunteer to provides oversight to the shelter as we they build a base of volunteers and paid staff to assure 24/7 supervision of the facility. There is no task too big or too small for Dennis to address with all of his energy. Dennis Boucher’s impact on our community will continue for years to come.” It is my privilege to recognize Dennis for his invaluable commitment to our community and the people we strive to serve. I also want to commend all of this year’s nominees; through their efforts, and that of so many more, together we truly make Wisconsin better. Have a great week,             Sean Read More

Duffy’s Ashland Lighthouse Legislation Unanimously Passes Committee

2014/06/20

[[{"fid":"369","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. – Legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) cleared a major hurdle this week. H.R. 4049, Ashland Breakwater Light Transfer Act, unanimously passed the House Natural Resources Committee clearing the way for full consideration on the Floor of the House of Representatives. In 2012, the Coast Guard announced its intent to give-up ownership of the Lighthouse. H.R. 4049 will facilitate the transfer of responsibility for the iconic structure from the Coast Guard to the National Park Service preserving it for public education and access. In his remarks to the committee, Rep. Duffy reiterated the importance of the lighthouse and urged consideration of the bill, “I am grateful to the committee for their strong support of my legislation. 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.” While the National Parks Service would take over the preservation and day to day operations of the lighthouse, the Coast Guard will maintain access to the Ashland Light as an aid to navigation and the Army Corps of Engineers will still maintain the breakwater on which the light stands. ### Read More

American Banker: House Members Renew Call for Community Banking Expertise at Fed

2014/06/19

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is calling on the White House to select a nominee to the Federal Reserve Board with community banking experience. The coalition of 87 members signed a letter asking President Obama to consider someone with community banking or supervisory experience,as the administration continues its selection process for two remaining vacancies on the Fed Board. "We believe it's in the Federal Reserve's best interest to have a representative who understands the unique needs and perspectives of community banks when key economic and regulatory decisions are being debated," says the letter, organized by Reps. Sean Duffy, R-Wisc., and Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo. The Senate recently confirmed two new members to the board, Stanley Fischer to serve as vice chairman, and Lael Brainard, and reconfirmed sitting Fed Gov. Jerome Powell for a new term, during what's been a high period of turnover for the agency's leadership. The absence of community banking experience on the board has been felt more keenly with the recent departures of former Fed Govs. Elizabeth Duke and Sarah Bloom Raskin, observers have said. "Community bankers have an unparalleled understanding of what it takes to create healthy, vibrant local economies, which lead to a more robust national economy overall," said John Buhrmaster, chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America and president and chief executive of 1st National Bank of Scotia, N.Y., in a press release. "It's in the Federal Reserve's best interest to have a community banker on the board who can bring this valuable expertise and perspective to the table — helping to make the Fed board's decision process on economic and monetary policy as holistic as possible." A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation in April mandating that at least one Fed governor have community banking or relevant supervision experience. Full Text of letter to President Obama:   14-06-18 - Fed Reserve Letter to Obama_Community Banker.pdf Read More

"You should be using your energy to fight Cancer, not the VA!"

2014/06/16

Dear Friends,   On Friday, I brought together representatives from Veterans’ organizations around the 7th District to discuss their experiences with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The group of about 20 Veterans, including former State Senator and Veteran Dave Zien, shared their frustrations with the VA system, bravely offered candid testimonials, and engaged in a thoughtful and ultimately productive discussion about opportunities for reforming the process and cleaning-up the agency. Reforming the VA system has been a priority of mine long before the scandal in Phoenix, AZ was plastered all over the newspapers, but hearing the firsthand accounts from Veterans in our own backyard reignited my outrage with the entire agency. One Veteran, after hearing about the emotional, and harrowing, experience of a fellow Veteran in attendance who is battling Cancer, commented that the VA treats Veterans like second or third class citizens. That is absolutely unacceptable. Our Veterans should be using their energy to fight Cancer, not the VA. As difficult as it may be to listen to these experiences, sharing them is the key to getting the Obama Administration to tune-in to the issue and to get something done. It is because of the brave men and women who have chosen to speak out that the spotlight is squarely on the President and the people he has appointed to run this agency. They do not like it when the heat is on them, but if we want results, we need to keep it on them, and turn it up. While the Obama Administration has thus far demonstrated an unwillingness to move swiftly on VA reforms, for our part, the U.S. House of Representatives is moving quickly to right this wrong. Just this week, the House passed, and I was proud to support, a VA reform bill that would allow Veterans to seek care from a private doctor if they cannot get an appointment within the department’s wait time goals. Also, as a result of Friday’s conversation, I plan to spearhead an inquiry into the treatment of Wisconsin Veterans. Additionally, I will utilize my position in Congress to look-in to legislative opportunities to streamline and simplify the VA’s records process. This week’s meeting was a follow-up from a delegation-wide meeting that I hosted this past April with representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the backlog and recording issues within the Agency, an issue that was brought to my attention by constituents. The steps I am taking, and supporting, on your be-half are a direct result of the experiences you have shared with me, and the conversations we have had on this issue. Please continue to call my office, email me, or even flag me down when you see me around the district, and let me know how we are doing. Our Veterans, and their families, honorably served this great nation; we owe them a higher standard of service and gratitude in return. Separately, to all of the father’s currently serving our nation who are not able to be with their children today, my family and I are praying for you and very grateful for your service and sacrifice to our nation. To all Dad’s, I hope you are having a great Father’s Day; keep up the great work. Until next week… Have a great week,          Sean  Read More

“You Should Be Using Your Energy to Fight Cancer, Not the VA!”

2014/06/13

Duffy hears harrowing VA experiences at Veterans meeting [[{"fid":"367","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"}}]]   Wausau, WI – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) hosted a meeting with representatives from veterans’ organizations from around the 7th District today. The group of about 20 Veterans, that included former State Senator and Veteran Dave Zien, shared their frustrations with the Veterans Affairs (VA) system and discussed with Rep. Duffy opportunities for reforming the process and cleaning-up the agency.   One Veteran, after hearing about the emotional experience of a fellow Veteran in attendance who is battling Cancer, commented that the VA treats Veterans like second or third class citizens. Rep. Duffy pointedly responded, “You should be using your energy to fight Cancer, not the VA!”   Rep. Duffy emphasized the importance of the Veterans stepping forward to share their experiences and encouraged them to continue to do so, “Because of your stories, the spotlight is squarely on this agency. They don’t like it when the heat is on them, but if we want results, we need to keep it on them, and turn it up.”   The Obama Administration has thus far demonstrated an unwillingness to move swiftly on VA reforms. Conversely, the U.S. House of Representatives passed, and Rep. Duffy supported, a VA reform bill that would allow Veterans to seek care from a private doctor if they cannot get an appointment within the department’s wait time goals. Also, as a result of today’s conversation, the Congressman plans to spearhead an inquiry into the treatment of Wisconsin Veterans, specifically. Additionally, he will utilize his position in Congress to look-in to legislative opportunities to streamline and simplify the VA’s records process.   Today’s meeting was a follow-up from a delegation-wide meeting that Rep. Duffy hosted this past April with representatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the backlog and recording issues within the Agency.   ### Read More

House Unanimously Passes Duffy Amendment

2014/06/10

Helps Those At-Risk of Homelessness   Washington D.C. – The House of Representatives unanimously passed U.S. Representative Sean Duffy’s amendment to the Transportation and Housing & Urban Development Appropriations bill (T-HUD) that would help curb homelessness in rural communities.   The formulation of this amendment stemmed from Rep. Duffy’s 2013 Hunger & Homelessness Summit which focused on not just meeting the needs of the hungry and homeless in our rural 7th District community, but what could be done to prevent them from becoming homeless in the first place. In his comments during debate, Rep. Duffy explained the plight of poverty in rural communities, “The pain of poverty affects our communities in rural America just like in urban America, but often times it can be a lot more complicated. The face of poverty is different in rural America. Instead of having families move out onto the street, often time we see neighbors – 2 or 3 families – moving into a single bedroom apartment so they can give their kids shelter.”    Mr. Duffy’s amendment puts $10 million in the Rural Housing Stability Assistance program from money that was set aside to address homelessness. This program was created for rural communities in 2009, but has never been funded. This program provides funding for people that are at risk of being homeless, but not already living on the streets.   Click on the image below to watch Rep. Duffy’s full comments from debate on the amendment.   [[{"fid":"364","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-full"}}]]       ### 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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