Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

WISCONSIN's 7th DISTRICT

Duffy Leads Efforts to Support Rural Communities and Schools

2015/03/26

Letters garner nearly 200 signatures Washington D.C. – U.S. Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07) led two respective efforts to support and secure funds for programs which help local governments keep critical education, health and emergency programs afloat. In a letter [HYPERLINK] to Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi 100 Members of Congress urged the leaders to secure full funding for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for Fiscal Year 2016 and beyond. PILT funds are set to expire on September 30, 2015 if no action is taken. In their letter to the leaders, the Members said: “Without congressional action, we risk severely crippling counties’ ability to operate and provide essential services to our constituents.” It goes on to say, “Full funding of the PILT program will enable the federal government to meet its long-standing obligations to counties with federal land within their jurisdictions.” Matthew Chase, executive director of the National Association of Counties thanks the Members for their efforts: "We welcome this letter demonstrating overwhelming bipartisan support for the PILT program and the 62 percent of counties that have federal public lands within their boundaries.” He continued: "We extend our thanks to Representatives Duffy, Stewart, Polis and Kirkpatrick and their colleagues who joined them in this effort. We will continue to work with House and Senate leaders to ensure full, long-term funding for the PILT program and the many essential county services to federal public lands that it supports." Mike Koles, Executive Director of Wisconsin Towns Association followed-up: “The PILT program is essential to funding towns that provide services to the residents and visitors in communities with significant amounts of public land.  Due to the relatively low property tax base in these areas, revenue generation is limited.  PILT complements what little can be generated through the property tax.  Without the program, critical services like roads, fire, and EMS would be negatively impacted.” In a separate, but related, letter, [HYPERLINK] 84 Members of Congress urged continue support for Impact Aid. In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, the Members emphasized the important role that Impact plays in rural communities across America. The Members wrote, in part: “The program provides direct, flexible funding to over 1,300 school districts. Impact Aid funds a range of programs, including facilities renovation, program to retain highly qualified teachers, adequate technology, and maintenance of transportation fleets.” They continued, “For many districts, this funding represents the very lifeblood that allows their school systems to operate.” The Wisconsin Association of School Boards praised the effort: “The WASB supports fully funding the Impact Aid Program to provide critical assistance to school districts that serve concentrations of children from military families or children who reside on tribal lands, as well as school districts with a significant federal government presence that has reduced their available tax base.   We applaud Congressman Duffy and his colleagues for leading this effort and strongly urge the House Appropriations Subcommittee to prioritize Impact Aid in budget deliberations. The National Association of Federally Impacted schools echoed that sentiment offering: “NAFIS appreciates the leadership of Representatives Duffy, Williams, Kirkpatrick and Larsen on this letter, and thanks them, and the more than 84 other bipartisan signers, for keeping Impact Aid a priority in Congress,” said NAFIS Executive Director John B. Forkenbrock.    Attachments:  15.03.24 Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Letter to Leadership.pdf  15.03.26 FY16 Impact Aid Support Letter.pdf   ### Read More

Duffy CFPB Bill Sails Through Committee

2015/03/26

H.R. 1265, The Bureau Advisory Commission Transparency Act Passes with Bipartisan Vote of 56 to 2   Washington D.C. – House Financial Services Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Chairman, Sean Duffy’s bill to make public the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) advisory board meetings passed out of committee 56 to 2 on Thursday.    Rep. Duffy reintroduced the bill after the CFPB’s Credit Union Advisory Committee met behind closed doors earlier this month despite a pledge from the agency that they would open their meetings in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).    Rep. Duffy said, “The CFPB promises transparency, but practices secrecy.” He continued, “They promised they were ‘opening these full meetings to the public’ but they’ve gone back on their word.”   Credit Union National Association President & CEO Jim Nussle praised the bill: “…these meetings should be open to public observation as they provide an important forum for credit union representatives to share concerns and provide practical guidance to the agency on operational and public policy issues.”    FACA was enacted in 1972 to ensure that Congress and the public know what’s going on in these meetings. Only the CIA and the Federal Reserve (for purposes of their Federal Open Market Committees) are exempt from FACA. Because the CFPB is housed in the Federal Reserve, they are claiming the exemption as well.     Rep. Duffy commented, “What is the CFPB doing that is on par with the CIA and the Federal Reserve? It makes everyone ask, ‘What exactly is going on in these meetings?’”   Congressman Duffy first introduced this bill in the 113th Congress after the Bureau told him they “could not accommodate [his] request” to attend a 2014 Advisory Committee meeting. The CFPB later said they would move to open their meetings in compliance with FACA. However, a request for an agenda of their March meeting was denied, which is a direct violation of FACA. H.R. 1265 has been referred to the House Floor for a vote.    Full text of H.R. 1265, the Bureau Advisory Commission Transparency Act: [[{"fid":"449","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-full"}}]]   ### Read More

Duffy Supports House Budget; A Sound Fiscal Blueprint

2015/03/25

Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) voted in favor of the H. Con. Res. 27, the House Budget Resolution, which passed the House 228 to 199 Wednesday evening.   Rep. Duffy offered, “This Budget is a sound blueprint for a more fiscally responsible government. First and foremost, it balances. Something the President’s Budget never does. It repeals Obamacare and sets in motion a plan to replace it with patient-centered solutions. It reins in the dangerously unaccountable Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and puts it under regular appropriations. It strengthens Medicare and prevents the President’s plan to raid the Social Security Trust Fund.   Duffy continued, “This is the work the American people expect of - and the ideas that they need from - their elected leaders."   ###   Read More

Duffy to Host Rice Lake Job Fair

2015/03/25

Your Congressman in Your Neighborhood   Wausau, WI – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) will again host a job fair in Rice Lake on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. Rep. Duffy said, “We received such great feedback from last year’s fair that we knew this is where we once again needed to be.” Duffy continued, “Our district thrives on the spirit of our local businesses and the hardworking people who call this part of the country home. This job fair will bring the best of what our district has to offer together in one room.” Rice Lake Job Fair  Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 8:00am – 3:00pm Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College 1900 College Drive, Rice Lake, WI 54868  This event is free, but advance registration is strongly encouraged. Click below for more information and a registration form. Job seeker registration   ### Read More

Duffy Grills FDIC Chairman on #OperationChokePoint

2015/03/24

“These folks have no place in government – and if you allow them to stay — you have no place in government.”   Washington D.C. – House Financial Services Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Sean Duffy (WI-07) held a hearing today on the Administration-led program, “Operation Choke Point”. FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg fielded questions from the committee’s Members about his agency’s involvement in the program.   Rep. Duffy, addressing his comments to Chairman Gruenberg said: “The bottom line is, you’re putting innocent people out of business and all of the people at the FDIC who are implementing this program still work there. They haven’t been fired and they haven’t been reprimanded.”   Click on the image to watch an excerpt from Congressman Duffy’s exchange with Chairman Gruenberg:   [[{"fid":"448","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"}}]]      “These folks have no place in government – and if you allow them to stay — you have no place in government.”   Chairman Duffy will join Fox & Friends @ 5:40am Eastern to discuss Tuesday’s hearing and the Chairman’s comments.   ### Read More

Your Congressman in Your Neighborhood: Wood County

2015/03/21

Rep. Duffy announces town hall in Washburn County   Wausau, WI – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) will continue his town hall tour in Washburn County on Sunday, March 22, 2015. Rep. Duffy invites constituents in the area to join him to discuss the important issues on the minds of Wisconsinites. This meeting is open to residents of the 7th Congressional District and media. Full details below: Washburn County Town Hall Meeting Sunday, March 22, 2015 4:30-5:30 pm Veterans’ Hall (Formerly the American Legion) 122 Northwestern Ave. Spooner, WI       ### Read More

Your Congressman in Your Neighborhood: Wood County

2015/03/18

Rep. Duffy announces town hall in Wood County   Wausau, WI – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) will continue his town hall tour in Wood County on Friday, March 20, 2015. Rep. Duffy invites constituents in the area to join him to discuss the important issues on the minds of Wisconsinites. This meeting is open to residents of the 7th Congressional District and media. Full details below:   Wood County Town Hall Meeting Friday, March 20, 2015 7:30-8:30 am Eagle’s Club 1104 Oak Avenue Marshfield, WI       ###     Read More

CFPB Backtrack: Preach Transparency, Practice Secrecy

2015/03/13

  Duffy Introduces H.R. 1265, The Bureau Advisory Commission Transparency Act Washington D.C. – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proved, once again, that it is secretive business as usual at the agency. Despite announcing that they would comply with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), the CFPB’s Credit Union Advisory Committee met behind closed doors on Thursday. House Financial Services Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee Chairman, Sean Duffy (WI-07) says since the CFPB will not be forthcoming with the American people, he is introducing legislation to mandate it. Rep. Duffy said, “The CFPB promises transparency, but practices secrecy.” He continued, “They promised they were ‘opening these full meetings to the public’ but they’ve gone back on their word.” FACA was enacted in 1972 to ensure that Congress and the public know what’s going on in these meetings. Only the CIA and the Federal Reserve (for purposes of their Federal Open Market Committees) are exempt from FACA. Because the CFPB is housed in the Federal Reserve, they are claiming the exemption as well.   Rep. Duffy commented, “What is the CFPB doing that is on par with the CIA and the Federal Reserve? It makes everyone ask, ‘What exactly is going on at these meetings?’” Congressman Duffy first introduced this bill in the 113th Congress after the bureau told him they “could not accommodate [his] request” to attend a 2014 Advisory Committee meeting. The CFPB later said they would move to open their meetings in compliance with FACA. However, a request for an agenda of Thursday’s meeting was denied, which is a direct violation of the law. Full text of H.R. 1265, the Bureau Advisory Commission Transparency Act: [[{"fid":"447","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-teaser"}}]]   ### Read More

Where's the beef?

2015/03/11

Reps. Duffy & Ribble Raise Concern Over New Guidelines [[{"fid":"446","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. – The U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services and Agriculture reduced the role of meats in their recently published dietary guidelines. U.S. Representatives Sean Duffy (WI-07) and Reid Ribble (WI-08) raised concerns over the decision to the heads of each agency. Rep. Duffy offered, “By publishing this misguided report, the Administration is overstepping their bounds, which will negatively affect, not only the agriculture industry but, the American consumer who relies on the official dietary guidelines for a balanced diet.” Rep. Ribble continued, “American families and their doctors rely on USDA dietary guidelines as the gold standard in helping them make healthy food choices.  Politically or ideologically-motivated changes not only negatively affects families, but can also throw whole industries into chaos, irresponsibly harming the farmers and processors who feed America.” In their letter to the Secretaries, the Members said the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report “significantly downplays, to the point of making it merely a footnote, the role of lean meats and processed meats in its recommendations for a health and balanced diet.”  They go on to say, “Lean meats are a staple of the American diet and that should continue.” To read the full letter from the lawmakers to Secretaries Burwell and Vilsack, click here: [[{"fid":"442","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-full"}}]]   ### Read More

This is crazy stuff!

2015/03/10

Duffy calls for answers for veterans’ families   Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) responded to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) release of key findings of clinical review of opioid practices in Tomah:  Rep. Duffy said, “The VA’s findings make it even more maddening that the Inspector General (IG) sealed their initial report. They had the facts and did not expose them in an effort to protect the identities of VA employees. That decision was to the detriment and death of Wisconsin Veterans.” The VA found that Tomah patients were 2.5 times more likely than the national average to be prescribed opioids greater than 400 morphine equivalents per day, and were also more likely than the national average to be prescribed opioid doses between 200-300 morphine equivalents per day.  "I’m glad the VA is sending top level officials to meet with our community in Tomah, but we must go beyond polite conversations,” continued Duffy. “We must continue to push for increased transparency — and accountability — from the Tomah VA, and the VA as a whole. The families of the deceased, and this community, deserve answers. That is what we will seek to get at the hearing on March 30th."   ###     Read More

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Washington, DC 20515
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duffy.house.gov

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Financial Services

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.


Serving With

Paul Ryan

WISCONSIN's 1st DISTRICT

Jim Sensenbrenner

WISCONSIN's 5th DISTRICT

Glenn Grothman

WISCONSIN's 6th DISTRICT

Reid Ribble

WISCONSIN's 8th DISTRICT

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