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Sean Duffy is a former Republican representative from Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House. Duffy was first elected to the office in 2010.

Duffy resigned from the House on September 23, 2019, citing the impending birth of his child. "With much prayer, I have decided that this is the right time for me to take a break from public service in order to be the support my wife, baby and family need right now," Duffy said on his Facebook page. For more information about Congressional incumbents not running for re-election in 2020, .

Duffy was assigned to the Committee on Budget and the Committee on Financial Services. For the 116th Congress (2019-2020), he was re-assigned to the Committee on Budget.

Duffy was a lumberjack athlete and was both a commentator for and a competitor in ESPN's Great Outdoor Games in 2003. Duffy was also a member of the cast of The Real World: Boston, an MTV reality television show, in 1997. He also appeared on Road Rules: All Stars in 1998 and Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Seasons in 2002.

Duffy was the district attorney of Ashland County, Wisconsin, from 2002 to 2010.

Duffy earned his bachelor's from St. Mary's College. He was a professional lumberjack athlete, and he competed in lumberjack shows to put himself through law school at the William Mitchell College of law. After earning his J.D., Duffy went into private practice and then became District Attorney of Ashland County, WI.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Duffy's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 2011-2019: U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District
  • 2002-2010: District Attorney of Ashland County, WI
  • 1999: Graduated from William Mitchell College of Law with a J.D.
  • 1994: Graduated from St. Mary's College with a B.A.
Elections

2018

General election
General election for U.S. House Wisconsin District 7

Incumbent Sean Duffy (R) defeated Margaret Engebretson (D) and Ken Driessen (Direct Participatory Democracy Party) in the general election for U.S. House Wisconsin District 7 on November 6, 2018.

Sean Duffy (R)
60.1%
194,061 Votes

Margaret Engebretson (D)
38.5%
124,307 Votes

Ken Driessen (Direct Participatory Democracy Party)
1.4%
4,416 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.0%
3 Votes

Total votes: 322,787

Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. House Wisconsin District 7

Margaret Engebretson defeated Brian Ewert in the Democratic primary for U.S. House Wisconsin District 7 on August 14, 2018.

Margaret Engebretson (D)
57.3%
27,194 Votes

Brian Ewert (D)
42.7%
20,285 Votes

Total votes: 47,479

Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. House Wisconsin District 7

Incumbent Sean Duffy advanced from the Republican primary for U.S. House Wisconsin District 7 on August 14, 2018.

Sean Duffy (R)
100%
60,708 Votes

Total votes: 60,708




2016

rated this race as safely Republican. Incumbent Sean Duffy (R) defeated Mary Hoeft (D) in the general election on November 8, 2016. Duffy defeated Donald Raihala in the Republican primary, while Hoeft defeated Joel Lewis to win the Democratic nomination. The primary elections took place on August 9, 2016.

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 7 General Election, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Duffy Incumbent 61.7% 223,418
Democratic Mary Hoeft 38.3% 138,643
Total Votes 362,061
Source: Wisconsin Elections Commission

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 7 Republican Primary, 2016

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSean Duffy Incumbent 89.5% 29,501
Donald Raihala 10.5% 3,456
Total Votes 32,957
Source: Wisconsin Elections and Ethics Commission

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 7 Democratic Primary, 2016

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Hoeft 80.7% 27,289
Joel Lewis 19.3% 6,531
Total Votes 33,820
Source: Wisconsin Elections and Ethics Commission

Campaign themes

The following issues were listed on Duffy's campaign website. For a full list of campaign themes, .

  • Addressing Our Nation’s Debt: With our debt quickly approaching $17 trillion, our nation is on an unsustainable path. Instead of making tough choices about spending and entitlement reform – mandatory spending that accounts for roughly 60 percent of yearly, dedicated spending – we borrow more than $1 trillion a year. This borrow and spend mentality is impractical, unacceptable, and without leadership to change course, a sure recipe to end up in the same financial dire straits as Greece and Spain.
  • Energy: Our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and an aging infrastructure is almost as crippling to national security as are long-term debt obligations. The country needs to make responsible investments in our infrastructure and utilize an ‘all-of-the-above’ approach to energy policy that includes developing new alternative energy technologies while expanding our domestic oil and natural gas production.
  • Fixing the Economy: America’s small businesses have always been our nation’s true job creators. But the fiscal policies of the last several years, led by an Administration determined to raise taxes and punish successful businesses through oppressive regulations have created an environment inhospitable for job growth and economic prosperity. The proof of this Administration’s failures on the job front lies in the anemic job growth reported every month.
  • Medicare: Medicare is a promise that must be preserved and protected. But without action, Medicare will go bankrupt by 2020, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. This is unacceptable to Sean and why he proudly voted on legislation that preserves this solemn promise to our nation’s seniors.
  • Reforming Washington: Since Sean’s first day in office, he’s earned a reputation for being a reformer. Sean introduced the ban on wasteful earmarks. He led the effort to freeze congressional pay, cut congressional budgets by more than 10 percent and eliminate wasteful government spending.

—Sean Duffy's campaign website, http://duffyforwisconsin.com/

2014

Duffy ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Wisconsin's 7th District. Duffy defeated Don Raihala in the Republican primary on August 12, 2014. He defeated Kelly Westlund (D) and Green Party candidate Lawrence Dale in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 7 General Election, 2014

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Duffy Incumbent 59.3% 169,891
Democratic Kelly Westlund 39.4% 112,949
Green Lawrence Dale 1.3% 3,686
Independent Rob Taylor - Write-in 0% 30
Republican John Schiess - Write-in 0% 5
N/A Scattering 0% 42
Total Votes 286,603
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board


U.S. House, Wisconsin District 7 Republican Primary, 2014

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSean Duffy Incumbent 87.6% 25,707
Don Raihala 12.3% 3,607
John Schiess (write-in) 0% 2
Scattering 0.1% 20
Total Votes 29,336
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board

2012

Duffy ran for re-election in 2012. He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Pat Kreitlow in the November general election.

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 7 General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Pat Kreitlow 43.8% 157,524
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Duffy Incumbent 56.1% 201,720
Independent Dale Lehner 0% 20
Miscellaneous N/A 0.1% 405
Total Votes 359,669
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

Race background

In 2011, The Hill published a list of the "Top Ten House Members" who were helped by redistricting. Duffy ranked 7th on the list. The article noted that Republican state legislators traded some of the Democratic leaning areas with Republican areas, "making the district a toss-up and giving him a better chance of holding on to the seat." Wisconsin's 7th District became more Republican following redistricting after the 2010 census, giving Duffy an edge over Kreitlow. While the district became more Republican, Duffy came under fire in 2011 for comments he made about his personal wealth. He complained that it was difficult to pay bills on his congressional salary, which was $174,000.

The 2012 race brought in a lot of money. Kreitlow raised $1.2 million by mid-October, and Duffy had raised twice that amount. Another $4.3 million was spent by outside groups on attack ads on both sides.

Full history


Policy Positions

2018

Abortion

Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No

2. In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
- No

Education

Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- No

Energy & Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Yes

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- No

Guns

Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- No

Health Care

Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- Yes

Campaign Finance

Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Unknown Position

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- Yes

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- Unknown Position

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
- Yes

2. Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
- Unknown Position

Articles

Members of Congress Commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the Mexico City Policy

Aug. 13, 2019

Today, Congressman Andy Biggs introduced a resolution to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Mexico City policy and to affirm the sanctity of life at all stages. 82 U.S. Representatives cosponsored this resolution. Congressman Biggs, Members of Congress, and leaders from pro-life organizations issued the following statements: "Thirty-five years ago this month, President Ronald Reagan's representative at the United Nation's International Conference on Population, which was held in Mexico City, stated unequivocally that American taxpayer dollars should never be used to fund international abortions. And yet, this Mexico City policy--as it has come to be called--has only been in effect for 19 of the past 35 years. Congress must make the Mexico City policy permanent law and enact as many other measures as possible to defend the sanctity of life both at home and abroad. "I thank my colleagues and leaders from pro-life organizations around the country for joining me in celebrating this historic anniversary, which I hope will also serve as a call to action." -- Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05) "It would be hard to overstate the importance of the Mexico City Policy and its modernized version, Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance. Without withholding a single dime from foreign assistance, the policy ensures that our hard-earned tax dollars are directed to providers who respect the life, dignity and values of women and families worldwide, rather than to groups pushing an abortion agenda, often in direct opposition to the host country's values and laws. A big thank you to Congressman Biggs for formally recognizing and celebrating the 35th anniversary of this life-affirming policy!" -- The Hon. Marilyn Musgrave, Vice President of Government Affairs, Susan B. Anthony List "The National Right to Life Committee praises Representative Andy Biggs for honoring the 35th anniversary of the Mexico City policy, which prevents taxpayer funds from being given to organizations that perform abortions or lobby to change the abortion laws of host countries. Over the last 35 years, this vital life-saving policy has been adopted by each Republican president, and rescinded by each Democrat president. We thank Congressman Biggs for introducing this resolution and share his hope that the Mexico City policy will become permanent law." -- The National Right to Life Committee "Since it was first announced in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan, the Mexico City policy--now known as Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance--has clearly stated that the United States will not underwrite death. Taxpayer dollars should not fund abortion here or abroad, and respecting the inherent dignity of the unborn person goes hand in glove with our country's foreign assistance and humanitarian work." -- Jeanne Mancini, President, March for Life "The Mexico City Policy makes clear what America has always believed: that abortion is not a method of family planning. We celebrate the 35th anniversary of this policy that was established under President Ronald Reagan and has been renewed by three Presidents -- including our current President, who strongly advocates to protect the sanctity of human life at all stages." -- Travis Weber, Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, Family Research Council "In 1984, Ronald Reagan sent a powerful message to the world that our nation respects the dignity of all innocent life--both at home and abroad. I commend Congressman Biggs for honoring this anniversary, which I hope will spread awareness about an important moment in history and spur a wider conversation about our nation's values." -- Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy "35 years ago, President Reagan courageously took a stand for human life, declaring before the whole world, every human being is of equal inherent value and worthy of protection. President Reagan, and every Republican president since that day, have implemented the Mexico City Policy, prohibiting non-profit, non-governmental organizations receiving American taxpayer dollars, from promoting or performing abortions in foreign nations. "To recognize this historic moment in America's fight to secure human rights around the globe, I'm proud to cosponsor this resolution commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Mexico City Policy. Having helped deliver over 5,000 babies during my 25 years as an OB-GYN, I know it is an undeniable scientific fact that life begins at the moment of conception. It is incumbent upon our government to protect every innocent human life, especially the unborn. As long as I'm blessed with the opportunity to serve the people of Kansas, I will continue my lifelong fight for the well-being of mothers and their babies, and work to end the barbaric practice of abortion." -- Congressman Roger Marshall (KS-01) "The Mexico City policy is a historical beacon of the United States' commitment to protecting the unborn. American citizen's tax dollars intended as aid for other nations should not be used to fund abortion services or advocacy abroad. I was heartened to see the Administration reinstate and expand this important policy, which echoes the efforts of many great Presidents before him. I am proud to support this commemoration of the Mexico City policy and hope the effort will continue to protect future generations around the world." -- Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) "Upholding the sanctity of life and defending our most innocent is one of the most important duties I have as a Member of Congress, and that's why I'm proud to cosponsor the resolution to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Mexico City policy." -- Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08) "The American taxpayer shouldn't have to foot the bill for any abortion, let alone in another country. That's why I'm proud to co-sponsor the Mexico City Policy Resolution because I believe in the value and potential of every human life. The Federal Government shouldn't be used to advocate or promote abortions. I'm proud to work with my colleagues and the Administration as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of this commonsense resolution." -- Congressman Sean Duffy (WI-07) "35 years ago, President Ronald Reagan instituted the Mexico City policy to prohibit U.S. taxpayer dollars from subsidizing abortions and abortion services around the world. Americans should not be forced to pay for the global abortion industry. At a time when regard for human life has never been higher, I am proud to join my colleagues in commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Mexico City policy." -- Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (AZ-08) "The majority of Americans believe that taxpayer dollars should not fund abortions. Congress has codified this value every year since 1977 by attaching the Hyde Amendment to spending bills. However, this policy must continue to extend beyond our borders as we generously send foreign aid to countries in need. As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Mexico City Policy, we must continue fighting to codify it permanently and enact other important pro-life protections." -- Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) "The Mexico City Policy is critical to protecting the unborn and the conscience of America, and it shows the world exactly what we stand for -- the sanctity of life. I'm thankful the Trump Administration reinstated and expanded this policy to stand for life at home and abroad, and my sincere hope is that it will become permanently codified in our nation." -- Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) "As a staunch defender of life, I am honored to join my colleagues in recognizing the 35th anniversary of the Mexico City policy that prevents the use of U.S. taxpayer dollars to support abortion around the globe. Government policy should stand for life, and taxpayer funds should not be used to advocate for abortions at home or abroad." - Congressman Ben Cline (VA-06) "Not a single penny of taxpayer dollars should be used to perform abortions, whether at home or abroad. The Mexico City Policy helps save lives of babies throughout the world, and I look forward to the day that it is codified in federal law." -- Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D. (LA-05) "Abortion is neither family planning nor healthcare -- it is the intentional killing of an unborn child. I am proud to support life beginning at conception and ending in a natural death. As we recognize the importance of the Mexico City Policy, let's continue to ensure American taxpayers do not subsidize the abortion industry." -- Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) "The celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Mexico City policy is a celebration of the sanctity of life. Protecting the most vulnerable among us means ensuring that NGOs are not wrongfully using taxpayer dollars to support abortions. The Trump Administration has been steadfast in their support of this pro-life policy, and I am proud to join their efforts by standing with my colleagues in Congress to support life." -- Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) "The Mexico City policy represents the best of this country, using our voice to promote the value of every human life across the globe. Unfortunately, this measure is under attack as the new House majority voted on their first day to force American taxpayers to fund international abortions and give money to the United Nations Population Fund, which supports involuntary sterilization and unjust eugenic programs. We are thankful President Trump has expanded the Mexico City policy and celebrate 35 years of standing for life." -- Congressman Mark Walker (NC-06) "In no way, shape, or form should our federal government be funding or promoting abortion -- whether it's at home or abroad. For 35 years, the Mexico City Policy has placed an emphasis on the dignity of life by reinforcing that U.S. taxpayer dollars will not be used for abortions or the advertisement of abortions overseas. As we stand in defense of those who cannot defend themselves, I applaud President Trump for reaffirming those values through the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance executive order." -- Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) "I'm grateful to President Trump for his leadership in reinstating the Mexico City Policy and defending the lives of the unborn, and I'm proud to join my colleagues in recognizing the 35th anniversary of this critical pro-life initiative. After years of setbacks under the previous administration, we must continue to fight for policies that protect the sanctity of life." -- Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14) "In 1984, the Reagan Administration carved new ground in the pro-life movement with its implementation of the Mexico City Policy, stating, "U.S. support for family planning programs is based on respect for human life, enhancement of human dignity, and strengthening of the family.' I am proud to stand with my colleagues today as we honor the 35th anniversary of this policy. We are grateful to President Trump for not only reinstating this policy after it lapsed for 8 years under the previous Administration, but also for expanding it to cover all foreign aid, not just funds designated for family planning." -- Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) "Thirty-five years ago, President Reagan established an important precedent to protect life and ensure American tax dollars don't fund abortions around the world. Known as the Mexico City Policy, this precedent has saved lives and protected religious liberties and individual rights each time it has been enforced. On this anniversary, I thank President Trump for recently reinstating this policy and enacting other pro-life initiatives like new guidelines for the Title X family planning program. I'll continue to stand for life and am proud to recognize this important milestone." -- Congressman Ron Estes (KS-04) "In 1984, President Ronald Reagan took a major step in protecting the sanctity of life by signing an executive order known as the Mexico City Policy. As a staunch defender of life, it's absolutely unacceptable that hard-working taxpayers should be required to pay for services they morally disagree with. I applaud President Reagan, and the Republican administrations that followed, for implementing this life-saving policy and protecting human life across the globe." -- Congressman Billy Long (MO-07) "35 years ago, President Ronald Reagan showed moral courage by instituting the Mexico City Policy. He committed that federal funds leaving our country would not pay for the reckless destruction of life by means of abortion. I join with my colleagues in celebrating the anniversary of that policy. Thank you to Congressman Andy Biggs for filing this resolution, may it be a reminder that we must continue to stand for a culture of life." -- Congressman Ron Wright (TX-06) "Freedom of religion and our ability to express that is the very first Amendment of the Constitution. The fact that we have to pass laws to protect against the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion, which violates the very heart of the largest religious body in the United States, is antithetical. We shouldn't need the Mexico City policy, but in a world where Christianity is under constant attack and political correctness is king, it is vital we protect our First Amendment rights and codify this policy." -- Congressman Randy Weber (TX-14) "The Mexico City policy exemplifies America's devotion to a universal, unalienable principle: life, no matter how small, should be revered and protected. The conscience of our society may be judged by our adherence to this ideal. I'm honored to cosponsor Congressman Biggs' resolution that reinforces our commitment to prevent foreign aid from being used to terminate life in the womb." -- Congressman Matt Gaetz (Fl-01) "Liberty and the pursuit of happiness cannot occur without God's gift of life. 35 years ago President Reagan made this a cornerstone of United States global policy--one that I'm proud to see continued under President Trump. It's an honor to join my colleagues to commemorate the anniversary of this critical Mexico City policy that enhances the value of human life throughout the world." -- Congressman Pete Olson (TX-22) "As a nation, it is important that we advocate for the protection of life, both domestically and internationally. This resolution commemorates our nation's commitment to the most vulnerable among us by preventing U.S. aid from funding abortions abroad. We must continue to stand for life and ensure this policy is followed for years to come." -- Congressman Glenn "GT' Thompson (PA-15) "As the senior Republican on the State and Foreign Operations appropriations subcommittee, I believe we ought to ensure that U.S. foreign aid supports life-affirming initiatives which support women and their unborn children across the globe. I'm pleased to stand with my colleagues in affirming our nation's respect for unborn life and join them in advocating for the Mexico City Policy to be permanently codified in U.S. law." -- Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) "My faith and upbringing continually lead me to the position that all human life is sacred and has value. In that vein, I support the Mexico City Policy, first instituted by the Reagan Administration, and want to thank my friend Andy Biggs for introducing this resolution to honor the policy's 35th anniversary." -- Congressman Ted Budd (NC-13) "Thirty-five years ago in Mexico City, President Ronald Reagan declared to the world that the United States would no longer financially support abortion in developing nations. America believes in the sanctity of all lives, including those beyond our borders, and while we have fought to protect the unborn here at home, the policy unveiled in Mexico City has helped ensure that our fight does not stop here. I am grateful that the Trump Administration has chosen to reinstate this important policy, and it is my hope that we will see it become law soon."- Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36) "Since President Reagan first implemented it 35 years ago, the Mexico City policy has been vital in ensuring that Americans' tax dollars do not fund or in any way support the practice of abortion abroad. This policy affirms the United States' status as THE beacon of liberty respecting our God-given rights and defending the inherent dignity of every human life. I am proud to have a pro-life partner in the White House in President Donald Trump, and I look forward to continue working with him to champion the cause of life."- Congressman Jodey Arrington (TX-19)

Congressman Sean Duffy applauds senator Lindsey Graham and senator Joe Manchin for introducing the U.S. Reciprocal Trade Act to address foreign tariffs

Aug. 2, 2019

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced S. 2409, the U.S. Reciprocal Trade Act, which would empower the President to address unfair foreign tariffs on US goods. A similar version of this bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Sean Duffy, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development & Insurance, earlier this year. "Wisconsin workers, farmers, and manufacturers, when given a level playing field, will outcompete anyone. Unfortunately, foreign countries are unwilling to trade with the U.S. fairly and often assess tariffs on American products that place our producers at a competitive disadvantage in international markets. Currently, China applies higher tariffs on 85% of American products and India on 90%. This prevents American exporters from selling their goods to more than one-third of the world's population," said Congressman Sean Duffy. "The need for reform has never been greater. That's why I introduced the U.S. Reciprocal Trade Act to give the President better tools to address the unfair tariffs and international trade rules that hurt Wisconsin workers. Free trade should also be fair and passage of the U.S. Reciprocal Trade Act is an important step in achieving that goal."

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