CORRECTION: The original title stated that Duffy was a State Senator, while we has in fact a State House Representative.
Opinion, Analysis, Speculation | Republican Wisconsin Senator Sean Duffy has announced his resignation from Congress today after he was elected in 2018 for his fifth term.
“After eight and a half years, the time has come for me to focus more on the reason we fight these battles — family,” Duffy explained in a Facebook post today.
The Hill reports:
Duffy — who was first elected to represent Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District during the Tea Party wave in 2010 — said he will leave his seat on Sept. 23 after finding out his ninth child has a heart condition.
“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,” the Senator explained in the social media post.
He continued, “On September 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.”
Currently, Duffy is serving on the House Financial Services Committee. “His Wisconsin district has traditionally been a Republican stronghold, with President Trump winning it by 21 points in 2016. Duffy beat his opponent by 22 points during the midterm election cycle,” according to the Hill.
Before serving in Congress, the Republican spent time as a district attorney.
“Sean Duffy is right to put his family first during this tough time and Jacquie and I will keep them in our prayers,” Republican Representative Tom Emmer of Minnesota explained in a statement. (Emmer serves as the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.)
He stated, “This district is a Republican stronghold, and whoever the socialist Democrats nominate will be forced to answer for their party’s radical agenda of open borders, socialized health care and a lust for impeaching President Trump.”
Politico was first to report the news of Duffy’s resignation.
More from Fox News:
“I, along with everyone at the Republican Party of Wisconsin, will be keeping Sean, Rachel, and the rest of the Duffy family in our thoughts and prayers as they make this difficult transition and prepare for the arrival of the newest member of their family,” Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Andrew Hitt said in a statement.
Duffy replaced 15-term Democratic Rep. Dave Obey, who announced his retirement 10 months after Duffy entered his first race for the seat. Duffy had been a district attorney for eight years before being elected to Congress.
Duffy met his future wife on the set of MTV’s “Road Rules: All Stars” in 1998.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will call a special election to fill the vacancy and is researching options for when to hold it, said the governor’s spokeswoman, Melissa Baldauff.