Sean Duffy

Sean Duffy
Candidate For U.S. Representative District 7

Sean Duffy

Candidate Background


4015 Crestwood Dr., Wausau, WI 54403

Candidate Biography

From candidate website

Sean was born and raised in rural Wisconsin and has never strayed far from his roots. Wisconsin’s storied lumber history runs through his veins. His great, great grandfather was one of the state’s early pioneers and a laborer for the Northwestern Lumber Co. His great grandfather, one of the city of Hayward’s founding settlers, was a sawyer for 27 years.

During his short time in Congress, Sean has proven himself to be one of the most transparent and accessible members to ever represent Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District. Since his election in 2010, he’s held more than 50 public town-hall style meetings in all 26 counties of the district and traveled regularly to community parades, fairs and dairy breakfasts.

And Sean has kept his promise to fight every day to reform Washington. His first act as a newly sworn-in member was to introduce a ban on wasteful earmarks. Sean also led the effort to freeze congressional pay, cut congressional budgets and eliminate wasteful government spending. Sean’s legislation, the RESTRICT Act, was the basis for a new law that finally outlawed insider trading practices among government officials and employees. And he’s one of the few members of his caucus to have introduced a replacement to health care reform that would actually lower costs and make health care more affordable. Sean’s legislative focus has been on creating new jobs, growing the economy by eliminating onerous regulations on small businesses, protecting Medicare, and reducing the nation’s long-term debts and deficits. From his seat on the powerful House Financial Services Committee, where he serves as the Chairman for the Subcommittee on Housing & Insurance, Sean has defended the interests of small community banks and held top leaders in banking, industry and government responsible for, time and again, making American taxpayers pay for the mistakes of the "Too Big To Fail" banks.

Lumberjacking is in his family’s blood. Sean was a nationally recognized professional lumberjack athlete, a world champion in the speed climb and an accomplished log-roller. In fact, Sean 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 and eventually was appointed the District Attorney of Ashland County. He is most proud of his dedication to prosecuting child sex crimes. Working together with law enforcement, Sean helped make Ashland County one of the first counties in the state to investigate and prosecute child Internet sex crimes.

Sean and his wife, Rachel Campos-Duffy, are the parents of eight children -- Evita, Jack, Lucia-Belen, John-Paul, Paloma, MariaVictoria, Margarita, and Patrick. Not surprisingly, as soon as Sean’s kids learn to walk, he teaches them how to logroll and carry on the family tradition. The Duffy kids are growing up the way Sean did, surrounded by the idyllic beauty and solid values of northwestern Wisconsin.