Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

WISCONSIN's 7th DISTRICT

Duffy Leads Effort to Save Bat from Endangered Species Distinction

2014/10/07

Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) is leading an effort to keep the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) off the endangered species list. Rep. Duffy led a letter along with seven of his House colleagues and Senator Ron Johnson to the the U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, and Director of the U.S. National Fish & Wildlife Services (FWS), emphasizing the negative economic impact of adding this species to the list: The Members stated, “While we support efforts to address the spread of White-Nose Syndrome [WNS], we believe that an endangered species listing based on incomplete science will not only fail to address the root issues affecting northern long-eared bat populations, but will significantly burden upper-Midwest businesses in the process. We urge you to reconsider this proposed rule and refrain from listing the northern long-eared bat as an endangered species.”  This effort has received support from several interested parties including the Ruffed Grouse Society. Dan Dessecker, the Director of Conservation Policy offered, “WNS has the potential to be the most devastating wildlife disease in North America in modern history. We urge the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to work with its federal and state agency partners to address this root cause of the declines of the northern long-eared bat and other bat species, without imposing unnecessary restrictions on wildlife habitat management practices essential to other wildlife.”  Share Brandt, speaking on behalf of Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association members, added, “[We] greatly appreciate Representative Duffy’s action to support our concerns about the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service listing of the northern long-eared bat as endangered, which would thwart our power line maintenance efforts to ensure reliability.”  To read the full letter to the Secretary and Director, click here Read More

Duffy Statement on Passing of WPR Reporter Mike Simonson

2014/10/06

Wausau, WI – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) offered his condolences upon hearing the news of longtime WPR reporter Mike Simonson’s sudden passing: “I was saddened to learn of Mike Simonson’s passing today. Mike and I enjoyed a great relationship over the years. I could count on him to give a tough interview, but always fair. Our conversations were spirited but unfailingly respectful. He will be missed. Rachel and I offer our prayers to his family and the entire WPR family.” ###   Read More

Go PACC Go!

2014/09/23

Dear friends,  Last week was an exceptionally busy week in Washington. In addition to passing a Continuing Resolution to fund the government through the end of the year, we also took a vote on the President’s plan to arm the Syrian rebels, and I introduced a bill that tackles an issue of concern for many Packers fans. Keep reading for a wrap-up of the week that was… I am not convinced: As I mentioned above, Congress passed a bill to move forward with the President’s plan to arm the “moderate” Syrian rebels. However, I could not vote in favor of this bill. To be clear, ISIS must be destroyed. However, this President has not convinced me, or my constituents, that his proposal will work. I have reservations about his ability to vet the Syrian rebels. And, he has not proven that he has the heart or desire to destroy these terrorists. I went on Fox’s “The O’Reilly Factor “ to further explain my vote. Click on the image below to watch:    GO PACC GO: In Wisconsin, football season means Packers season. However, some Wisconsinites may miss as many as 10 Packers games this season due to conflicting football schedules. This is an issue that many constituents have brought to my attention and, this week, with the help of the “Packer Staffer” (featured below), I introduced a bill that could be a game changer.   H.R. 5585, The Granting Our People Access to Channel Choice Act, or “GO PACC” will allow households to continue to access their current programming, but also give residents the choice to access Wisconsin news, weather and sports – including Packers games. This is a choice Wisconsinites deserve the opportunity to make. For more on this bill, click here. [hyperlink: http://duffy.house.gov/press-release/go-pacc-go ] Whether voting on foreign policy, or introducing a bill specific to Wisconsin, all of my legislative decisions stem from the comments and feedback that I receive from you. Over the next few weeks, I will be back in the state and I look forward to continuing those conversations and discussing new ideas for ways in which I may better represent you and Wisconsin’s 7th District. Until next week… Have a great week,      Sean Read More

Go PACC Go!

2014/09/19

Rep. Sean Duffy introduces bill to allow Wisconsinites in ‘orphan’ counties to access Wisconsin programming WASHINGTON, DC – As Wisconsinites face the first Packers blackout of the season this weekend ­due to scheduling conflicts, U.S. Representative Sean Duffy introduced legislation that would give all Packers fans the ability to root for the home team, in their homes. H.R. 5585, The Granting Our People Access to Channel Choice (GO PACC) Act would allow Wisconsinites who currently reside in the Twin Cities viewing area the ability to access Wisconsin television broadcasts if they so choose. Currently, many residents from seven counties neighboring Minnesota, known as “orphan counties’, do not have access to Wisconsin television broadcasts. GO PACC would bring Wisconsin programming to the region. Rep. Duffy offered, “In Wisconsin, football season means Packers season. But some Wisconsinites may miss as many as 10 Packers games this season due to conflicting football schedules. GO PACC will allow households to continue to access their current programming, but also give residents the choice to access Wisconsin news, weather and sports – including Packers games. This is a choice Wisconsinites deserve the opportunity to make.”   GO PACC would provide local programming to Wisconsin residents in the seven border counties by allowing them to access in-state, over-the-air broadcasting. Cable or satellite subscribers may choose to keep their current broadcasting, elect the Wisconsin broadcasting or - for an additional fee - obtain both market broadcasts. The full text of H.R. 5585, is attached. To read the text of H.R. 5585, click here:  [[{"fid":"388","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-full"}}]]   Read More

I Am Not Convinced

2014/09/17

Rep. Duffy Opposes Amendment to Arm Syrian Rebels   Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) released the following statement following his vote against arming the Syrian rebels:   "To be clear, ISIS must be destroyed. However, this President has not convinced me, or my constituents, that his proposal will work. I have reservations about his ability to vet the Syrian rebels. And, he has not proven that he has the heart or desire to destroy these terrorists."    Rep. Duffy continued, "despite my reservations, the authority was granted, and now the President has until December 11th – when it expires – to come before Congress, present a comprehensive, long-term strategy to defeat ISIS, and convince the American people and me that he is committed to carrying it out."    ### Read More

Have you been called?

2014/09/14

Dear friends, This Monday, a plane carrying 75 Veterans departed the Central Wisconsin Airport for our nation’s capital. Among the stops on their one-day journey would be the World War II and Vietnam Memorials. For all of them, this would be their first visit to their respective memorials, for many of them it would be their only visit. My office always looks forward to the opportunity to welcome the Veterans and thank them for their service: I think everyone involved would agree that it is an overwhelming experience. For many of the Veterans, seeing their memorial for the first time evokes memories, not only of their service, but it also reminds them of friends and fellow soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.    Two days later, on Wednesday, the President addressed the nation. He indicated that once again, our nation, and likely our sons and daughters, would be called on to defend our way of life and the freedoms that previous generations fought to defend. I give the President credit for finally proposing a strategy, but it does not yet seem like his heart is in it. Americans need to see more. We need to know that he believes this is the correct – and best – option for our country, and the people who will be tasked with carrying out his plan. To that end, the number of young men and women who heed the call to serve our nation never ceases to amaze me. If you, or someone you know, feel that a career in military service is in your future, please join us this coming Saturday for our annual Wisconsin Academy Day in Oskosh: see the column on the right for more details. If you are ready to begin the Academy nomination process, please CLICK on the image below for more details and an application form.     It is an honor to represent the many men and women who have served our nation, those who stand ready to answer the call to defend her, and the families who support you. Thank you for your service and the privilege of representing  you in Congress. Until next week… Have a great week,               Sean Read More

Put Kids Ahead of Deadbeat Parents

2014/09/11

  Duffy Introduces Child Support Assistance Act Reforms law that currently helps deadbeat parents   Washington D.C. - During a House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions hearing Wednesday, US Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) questioned a representative from the consumer reporting industry about a provision under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that actually helps deadbeat parents avoid child support payments. Currently, under the FCRA, credit reporting agencies are required to give consumers at least 10 days notice when they furnish a credit report to a state or local agency for the collection of child support. This notice however gives would-be deadbeat parents ample time to run up their credit, dump savings and assets or otherwise give the impression they can afford far less for their children. Rep. Duffy,Vice Chair of the Subcommittee, today introduced H.R. 5452, the Child Support Assistance Act, which would strike the provision:  Rep. Duffy offered, "Regardless of the parents' relationship, this must first and foremost be about the kids and the responsibility that parents have to care for them. The law should not encourage or provide parents a way out of supporting their children." Duffy continued, "During Wednesday’s hearing, the representative for the consumer reporting industry indicated his support to strike the 10-day provision from the law, and I am very glad to work with Mr. Murphy on legislation that would do exactly that."  To view Rep. Duffy's complete exchange from Wednesday's hearing, click here Read More

Back to Congress

2014/09/08

Dear friends, Last week the kids went back to school. This week, it’s Congress’ turn to go back into session. Thanks in large part to many of the conversations I have had with constituents this this past month here in Wisconsin, below are four issues that will drive some of my conversations in Washington this fall:       1.    Learn from Arizona: In light of shocking allegations regarding mistreatment of Veterans at the Minneapolis VA, I sent a list of questions to the Director of the Minneapolis VA on behalf of the many 7th District Veterans who receive care from that system. Now is the time for the Director and the Minneapolis VA to be as forthcoming and transparent as possible. Veterans have earned the right to this care, but they deserve to know if they are not in the best possible hands. If the VA has learned anything from the horrific scandal in Arizona, it is imperative that they provide the necessary answers, hold the responsible parties accountable and fix any issues as quickly as possible. To read my letter to the Director of the Minneapolis VA, click here.             2. Less Regulation = More Business: I was grateful to National Credit Union Association Chairman Debbie Matz for taking the time to visit our district and hear from representatives from our local credit unions this past month. One attendee offered, “The Constitution is only 3 pages long, regulations are thousands of pages." Chair Matz was receptions to their concerns and said she would continue to work with the credit unions to relieve that burden. I look forward to working with her in Washington on solutions that will help our 7th district credit unions and the families and businesses they serve. [Insert Photos]      3.    Repeal the Death Tax!: I led a coalition of thirty lawmakers this week asking House leadership for a vote to repeal the federal estate tax, or “Death Tax”. The Death Tax creates a nearly insurmountable hurdle for small business owners and farmers who wish to pass the fruits of their life’s labor from one generation to the next. It has been nine years since Congress considered a repeal, which means that 236 Members of Congress have never had the opportunity to voice our opposition to this devastating tax. It is my sincere hope that the House leadership will allow us to vote on a repeal this fall. For more, click here.          4.    End Hunger & Homelessness: Several concerns, and possible solutions, were raised at my annual pastor’s lunch. Driving out hunger and homelessness in our community is a top issue of concern for me, as I know it is for many in the 7th District. Again, I thank the pastors for the work that they do and taking the time to share their thoughts with me. I am excited to work towards a few regulatory, and possibly some legislative, reforms and solutions this fall.   These are just a few of the many issues that I hope Congress has an opportunity to address in the coming months. If you have ideas or concerns about issues facing your corner of the 7th District, please do not hesitate to share them with me. Until next week… Have a great week, Sean Read More

Learn from Arizona

2014/09/05

Instead of stepping back, Minneapolis VA should be up front with Veterans Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Duffy (WI-07) is demanding answers from the Director of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Patrick Kelly. In light of shocking allegations regarding mistreatment of Veterans at the Minneapolis VA, Rep. Duffy sent a list of questions to the Director on behalf of his constituents and the many Veterans who receive care from the Minneapolis VA system. Among the questions, "Has the director, or any superior, asked employees to manipulate data?" and, "How many employees have been terminated after coming forward with concerns" and "What is the process when these complaints are received?" Duffy was outraged that, after showing an initial interest to be transparent about the situation, the Minneapolis VA system abruptly cancelled a Congressional staff conference call less than twenty-four hours after setting it up, with no indication of when they might reschedule.    Rep. Duffy commented, "Now is the time for the Director and the Minneapolis VA to be as forthcoming and transparent as possible." He continued, "Veterans have earned the right to this care, but they deserve to know if they are not in the best possible hands. If the VA has learned anything from the horrific scandal in Arizona, it is imperative that they provide the necessary answers, hold the responsible parties accountable and fix any issues as quickly as possible."   A copy of the letter that was sent to Director Kelly is attached.   [[{"fid":"387","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-full"}}]] Read More

Repeal the Death Tax!

2014/09/05

Duffy, Noem & LaMalfa Lead Coalition Requesting Vote on Death Tax Repeal This Congress Washington D.C. – U.S. Representatives Sean Duffy (WI-07), Kristi Noem (SD-AL) and Doug LaMalfa (CA-01)led a coalition of thirty lawmakers asking House leadership for a vote to repeal the federal estate tax, or “Death Tax”.  In the letter to the top three Members of House leadership, the lawmakers say that, “The Death Tax creates a nearly insurmountable hurdle for small business owners and farmers who wish to pass the fruits of their life’s labor from one generation to the next.” They also note that it has been nine years since the House of Representatives last voted to repeal the Death Tax. 236 Members of Congress who have been elected since the last vote have never had the opportunity to vote on a Death Tax repeal bill. The full text of the letter, including supporting comments from Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp, is attached. [[{"fid":"385","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file 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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