Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy

WISCONSIN's 7th DISTRICT

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2014/08/25

Dear friends, Often I reach out to you to let you know about legislative issues I have been working on your behalf, but just as big a part of my job is casework and constituents services.  Whether you are a Veteran seeking assistance with disability, having trouble with your Social Security or maybe you are having a passport or immigration issue, I have a great team of very qualified people who are equipped to help you cut through the bureaucratic red tape, get the answers you need and get you on your way. Keep reading for a more complete list of the ways in which we may assist you. How may I help you? To find out more about how I can help, you should first contact my office for further information. A caseworker will discuss your situation and, if necessary, instruct you on how to fill out a privacy waiver requesting casework. Listed below are particular areas where we can offer assistance. If you do not see your need addressed on this list, please call our office. • U.S. passports • U.S. immigration • Social Security • Medicare • Military benefits • Veterans benefits • Federal taxes • Federal student loans • Federal retiree benefits • Federal workers’ compensation • U.S. Postal Service issues • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance   Help Us, Help You: Interns are an invaluable asset to completing the core functions of our operation, and in return we offer an invaluable career building experience. In particular, in our district offices, interns research solutions to address constituent needs and help plan and execute district events, such as town halls, medal ceremonies, and outreach meetings.  Call either of the phone numbers listed on the graphic for more information and to find out how to apply. Thank you very much for the continued privilege to serve you…and help you. My team and I take great pride in the work that we are able to accomplish on your behalf. If you ever need anything at all, please do not hesitate to call on us. Until next week… Have a great week,             Sean Read More

Hispanic Community Honors Rep. Duffy

2014/08/23

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After receiving the award, he praised Wisconsin’s Hispanic community for bolstering the relationship as well:   “I have great pride for Wisconsin’s diverse culture and the many people who are seeking the American Dream here in our state. It is a privilege to be recognized by Wisconsin’s vibrant and incredibly hardworking Hispanic community.”   Rep. Duffy continued, “One of the reasons I joined the House Foreign Affairs Committee is to focus on the important relationship between the United States and Mexico. Our Hispanic community, including many people here, has been extremely supportive of that effort. I am grateful for their partnership, friendship, and look forward to continuing to work together to build on our shared interests in Latin America to improve our respective economies, help bring jobs and trade to Wisconsin, and bolster security and rule of law.”   Congressman Duffy is working closely with the Mexican government to establish a consulate in Wisconsin. The government is expected to make their decision by the end of the year.   Rep. Duffy is the only Wisconsin House Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he also serves on the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. Additionally, he is the Vice-Chairman of the Mexico Inter-Parliamentary Working Group.   Mexican Fiesta is an event sponsored by the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization serving the Wisconsin Hispanic Community. Their mission is to raise funds to provide scholarships for higher education of our students in the state of Wisconsin and to maintain a diversity of cultures by having a truly authentic festival.     (en Espanol) Homenaje al  Congresista Sean Duffy otorgado por la Comunidad Hispana   Milwaukee, WI – El Viernes 22 de Agosto en la Fiesta Mexicana de Milwaukee,  El Representante del Congreso de los Estados Unidos, Sean Duffy, (WI -07)  fue homenajeado por la Comunidad  Hispana de Wisconsin por sus esfuerzos en traer un Consulado Mexicano a Wisconsin y resaltar la importante relacion entre los Estados Unidos y  nuestros vecinos de Mexico y  Centro y  Sur America.   A continuacion de recibir el galardon, el Congresista Duffy, elogio a las comunidades Hispanas de Wisconsin:   “Yo me enorgullezco de la diversidad cultural  en Wisconsin y de  las muchas personas que buscan el Sueno Americano aqui  en nuestro estado.   Es un privilegio el ser  reconocido por esta vivrante y extraordinariamente trabjadora  comunidad Hispana de Wisconsin.”   “ Una de las razones por las que que me incorpore al Comite de Asuntos Extranjeros  en el Congreso  es el enfocarme en la importancia de las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y Mexico.  Nuestra comunidad hispana, incluyendo mucha de la gente aqui presente esta noche, nos ha alentado grandemente en ese esfuerzo .  Yo estoy agradecido por su colaboracion y amistad y espero que continuemos trabajando juntos  en nuestros intereses communes en America Latina para asi mejorar nuestras respectivas economias , colaborar en crear empleos y comercio en Wisconsin y robustecer la seguridad  y el respeto  a la ley.” El Congresista Duffy esta trabajando muy de cerca con el gobierno Mexicano para establecer un consulado aqui en Wisconsin.  Se espera que el gobierno llegue a una decision para finales de ano. Mister  Duffy es el unico Congresista de Wisconsin que es miembro del   Comite de Asuntos Extanjeros y simultaneamente sirve en el Subcomite del Emisferio Occidental;  el Congresista Duffy es tambien Vice Presidente  del Grupo de Trabajo Inter-parlamentrio US -Mexico.  La Fiesta Mexicana es un evento patronizado por la Fundacion de Becas Hispanas de Wisconsin , una organizacion sin fines lucrativos  que sirve a la Comunidad Hispana .  Su mision es recaudar fondos para proveer Becas para educacion superior a estudiantes en el estado de Wisconsin  y mantener la diversidad cultural al presenter un autentico Festival.     ### Read More

Driving the District

2014/08/17

Dear friends,  While Congress stands in recess in D.C., the work rolls on in Wisconsin’s 7th District. In addition to my usual meetings, I’ve appreciated the opportunity to check-in on some on-going district projects and meet with some key constituencies who provide invaluable insight and feedback to help me better represent the people of this hardworking district. Keep scrolling for a photo re-cap of what is driving the district…      I met with more than 30 Veterans in Hudson for my second Veterans roundtable. From a VSO officer in attendance, “Instead of fixing the problem they found a way to present positive results by showing deceptive statistics.” I will continue to work to shine light on the issues and appreciate the help in working to fix the problem.              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. She supports credit unions utilizing social media to engage millenials and was receptive to concerns about the sheer amount of paperwork that goes into remaining compliant. One attendee offered, “The Constitution is only 3 pages long. Regulations are thousands of pages." Chair Matz said she would continue to work with the credit unions to relieve that burden.      We had a great outing on the river to check the progress on the St. Croix River Bridge. It is coming along nicely and will be a great addition for our local economy when it is complete.    I was also grateful, once again, to bring together pastors from our community for my annual pastors lunch. The focus of which was discussing ways we can pool all of our resources and ideas to address hunger & homelessness in the 7th District. One pastor summed it up well offering, "We all have people in our congregations who need help, but we must focus on the root cause of homelessness."      We also had a great visit this week with the Friends of St. Croix Wildlife. They are doing excellent work to engage all aspects of our community to preserve and protect our wetlands. Before I let you go, please take note of a potential scam that has hit several people in our district. More information in the column on the right.  Thanks very much to the many constituents and organizations for inviting me into your part of the district. If you have an organization or concern that you want to make sure I am aware of, please do not hesitate to call any of my offices. We will do our best to set-up a meeting or visit. Have a great week,    Sean   Read More

Did you see this?

2014/07/27

Dear friends, Any week that affords me the opportunity to thank one of our heroes for their service is a very good week in my book, but this week I am glad to report that we were also able to take one more step in our effort to get better service for our Veterans. Read on for more on that and the rest of the wrap-up of the week that was… #ThankYouForYourService: It was my humble honor to present 92 year old Veteran and hero, Sgt. Anton F. Jacks with the prestigious Legion d'Honneur medal for his efforts which saved an un-told number of lives, both American and French, during World War II. Nearly 75 family, Veterans and friends turned out in Thorp last week to honor this incredible man. Sgt. Jack’s daughter-in-law said of the ceremony, “It just makes us all very proud…this means a whole lot to him.” Click on the image for a local news clip from the event:     This Doesn’t Add-Up: I 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. Media reports 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. To read our full letter to the acting VA Secretary outlining our requested information, click here. I am planning another Veterans roundtable next week in Hudson. See the up-coming events column on the left for more information about that meeting. On Deck: This week CFPB Director Richard Cordray will finally have to face tough questions from the Financial Services Committee about allegations of racism and sexism in his agency. On the Floor of the House we expect to vote on a resolution to sue the President for his failure to faithfully execute the laws. We also plan to take-up a bill to address border security. Dessert: In case you missed this, our very talented summer interns put together this video about their internship experience.    If you, or someone you know, is interested in an internship opportunity in either our Hudson, Wausau or Washington D.C. offices, please go to, Duffy.house.gov/services/internships for more information. That is the wrap-up for this past week. Until next week… Have a great week,        Sean Read More

#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

Crisis on the Border

2014/07/20

Dear friends, From the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, to the up-tick in violence in Syria and Iraq and the continued crisis on our southern border, to put it simply, this is not an easy time in our world right now. I’ve utilized my position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to weigh-in on these issues. However, while it is important to keep those issues on the front burner, it is also necessary, especially during these difficult times, to highlight the good Samaritans. It was my privilege to present our 2014 Paul Bunyan Award this week as well.  Keep reading for a wrap-up of the week that was… #CrisisOnTheBorder: It is my firm belief that the best place for these children is at home, with their families. This week I spoke with several news outlets about the importance of modifying the law so we can expedite the process to get these kids healthy, and return them home to their families. Doing this will send a message to these parents in Central America that says, if you send your children on this very dangerous journey to our border, they will not amnesty; they’re going to be sent right back to you. If we don’t change [the policy], this is not the end. This is just the beginning and we’re gong to have kids’ lives risked time and time again.  Click on the image to watch my interview with Chuck Todd on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown”: Additional interviews: EWTN’s “The World Over”,  Fox’s “Your World w/ Neil Cavuto”, Telemundo What’s a Paul Bunyan Award without an Ax? As I mentioned above, amidst all of the turmoil in the world, it is easy to overlook the good deeds happening in our own backyard. However, it is more important now, than perhaps ever, to recognize these truly good Samaritans. It was my privilege to present the 2014 “Paul Bunyan Service Above Self” award to Dennis Boucher on WAOW this past Friday:   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 transitional 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.”  So you want to be a Capitol Hill intern… Our office prides itself on giving our interns an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to truly engage in the day-to-day life on Capitol Hill. The intern class of Summer 2014 gives constituents, and other would-be interns, a candid look at their experience. Take a look at the video they created:   If you, or someone you know, would like to be a part of a future intern class, apply at Duffy.house.gov. The challenges we face are not easy, but those in our own communities who push through the gridlock, overcome the obstacles, and get something done inspire me. That is what I strive to do as well as your representative in Congress. Thank you for the continued privilege to work through these challenges on your behalf. Until next week… Have a great week, Sean 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

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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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