MADISON — U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin says he’s resigning; cites family including wife’s pending childbirth.
Duffy, a Republican, has served the Seventh Congressional District — which covers most of the northern section of Wisconsin — for eight years, taking it over when Dave Obey chose not to run to retain the seat. He has been a tireless supporter of President Donald Trump and Trump's policies.
Duffy, 47, met his wife Rachel when they were on MTV's "The Real World: Boston." He previously was appointed by Gov. Scott McCallum in 2002 to Ashland County's vacant district attorney's seat.
He and his wife live in the Wausau area and already have seven children.
Gov. Tony Evers will call a special election to fill Duffy's seat, which Duffy just defended in November against Democrat Margaret Engebretson, winning 60 percent of the vote.
He announced his Sept. 23 resignation on his official Facebook page:
Next to marrying Rachel, representing you – the people and families of Wisconsin’s 7th District - in Congress has been the highest honor of my life. Together, we have engaged in the most important battles of our time: protecting freedom of speech and religious liberty, taking care of our veterans, defending the unborn, and saving American jobs and American capitalism.
After eight and a half years, the time has come for me to focus more on the reason we fight these battles – family.
As you all know, raising a family is hard work. It's especially true for one as large and busy as mine. Being away from home in Washington four days a week is challenging and for that reason, I have always been open to signs from God when it comes to balancing my desire to serve both my family and my country.
Recently, we’ve learned that our baby, due in late October, will need even more love, time, and attention due to complications, including a heart condition. 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. It is not an easy decision – because I truly love being your congressman – but it is the right decision for my family, which is my first love and responsibility.
On Sept. 23, I will step down and allow others to step forward to begin laying out their own vision and plans for leading this beautiful district and the most honest, hard-working, family-oriented, patriotic, and God-fearing constituents in America.
I will be forever grateful for and humbled by the faith and sacred trust you have put in me all these years. I am especially grateful for the prayers said on behalf of our family. We hope they keep coming! I will miss being your Congressman, but I am also looking forward to having more time with my family, being home for more birthdays and hockey games, and having time to enjoy and care for our new baby girl, who is already so loved by our family.