Congressman Sean Duffy joins BGR Government Affairs
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sean Duffy, former Republican congressman from Wisconsin’s 7th District, will serve as senior counsel and head of BGR’s Financial Services Practice Group.
BGR is a lobbying and consulting firm, and its website says its "professionals can help you meet your lobbying, public relations and business goals in Washington, in state capitals and around the world."
Duffy was elected to the U.S House of Representatives in 2010. He resigned in September ahead of the birth of his ninth child.
"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," he had said. "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."
“Sean is a star in Wisconsin politics who quickly moved up in Congressional seniority and earned the respect of Congressional Leadership and the White House for his smart policies and his Midwestern work ethic," said BGR CEO Bob Wood. "We are thrilled to have Sean join our bipartisan advocacy team to help clients resolve complex policy challenges.”
While in Congress, Duffy had been on the House Committee on Financial Services. The Committee oversees capital markets, banking, international monetary policy, consumer protection, credit industry, insurance, financial institutions, and housing.
Duffy also served on the House Budget Committee.
A press release by BGR said: "In the US House, Sean Duffy was a reformer dedicated to defending free enterprise and maintaining America’s enviable status as the global leader in business and financial services. Duffy is also recognized for his tireless work to save America’s community banks, the lifeblood of small towns and families like the ones he represented in his sprawling, rural congressional district.
"The onerous regulations of the Dodd/Frank Act adversely impacted and shuttered community banks across America. Duffy helped restructure the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to halt and minimize the damage.
"Duffy was also a lead sponsor of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). He sponsored the Small Cap Liquidity Reform Act to increase liquidity for emerging growth companies, including biotech innovators," the release continued. "Following the 2018 elections, he served as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance. Sean worked closely with HUD Secretary Ben Carson to expose corruption and unsafe conditions in public housing and make government housing policies more effective, such as his bill to make housing vouchers portable so low-income tenants can move closer to jobs and better opportunities for their families."
“I am eager to grow a financial services practice built on my experience working on behalf of the people with the Administration and federal regulators as well as my Democrat and Republican House and Senate colleagues who I served with over the last eight years," Duffy said in the press release. "The BGR team provides me with a solid foundation to assist financial services companies, trade associations, their members and communities navigate the heavily regulated policy arena.”
Duffy also is a commentator on CNN.