|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 7th district
January 8, 2011
|Preceded by||Dave Obey|
|Ashland County District Attorney|
August 1, 2002 – July 9, 2010
|Preceded by||Michael Gableman|
|Succeeded by||Kelly McKnight|
|Born||Sean Patrick Duffy
October 3, 1971
|Spouse(s)||Rachel Campos-Duffy (married 1999; 6 children)|
|Alma mater||St. Mary's University
William Mitchell College of Law
|Religion||Roman Catholic[dead link]|
Sean Patrick Duffy (born October 3, 1971) is an American politician, prosecutor, former sports commentator and reality television personality. He first entered public life as a cast member on The Real World: Boston and 2002's Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Seasons, before going on to serve as district attorney of Ashland County, Wisconsin and the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 7th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life and education 
Sean Duffy was born in Hayward, Wisconsin, on October 3, 1971, the tenth of 11 children of Carol Ann (née Yackel) and Thomas Walter Duffy. He is of Irish, English, German, and Norwegian descent. Duffy has a marketing degree from St. Mary's University, and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.
Duffy started log rolling at age 5 and speed climbing (sprinting up 60 and 90 foot poles) at 13. He holds two speed-climbing titles.
Television career 
Duffy has been an ESPN color commentator for televised competitions and in 2003 appeared as both a competitor and commentator on ESPN's Great Outdoor Games. He was named Badger State Games Honorary Athlete of the 2004 Winter Games.
In 1997, Duffy appeared on The Real World: Boston, the sixth season of the MTV reality television show, and on Road Rules: All Stars in 1998, where he met his future wife Rachel. Duffy later appeared on Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Seasons, which aired in 2002. Both appeared in a filmed segment on 2008's The Real World Awards Bash, while Duffy served as district attorney.
Political career 
Duffy, a Republican, was appointed to the district attorney's post in 2002 by then Governor Scott McCallum, and was elected unopposed in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. Upon assuming the office of district attorney, he succeeded Michael Gableman, a current justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
U.S. House of Representatives 
On July 8, 2009, Duffy announced his campaign for Congress in Wisconsin's seventh congressional district. Duffy was considered an underdog in the race until May 2010 when 15-term incumbent Democrat Representative Dave Obey announced that he would not seek re-election. Following Obey's announcement, Democratic State Senator Julie Lassa joined the race.
On June 4, 2010, Duffy announced his resignation from the position of District Attorney of Ashland County to focus on the congressional race. The resignation was effective three weeks later and Duffy returned to work in his father's law practice.
He won the race on November 2, 2010, in a nationwide wave of Republicans being elected to Congress. Different sources attribute his victory to his ten month head start on Lassa's campaign, his grassroots organization and fundraising, his experience as a district attorney, and voter discontent with the economy.
Duffy was challenged by Democratic nominee Pat Kreitlow.
Duffy has voted with his party 91% of the time. On March 17, 2011, Duffy was one of only seven Republicans who voted "No" on a House bill that would strip all government funding from National Public Radio. He also voted against the repeal of the Davis-Bacon Act. The first piece of legislation he sponsored was the RESET Act, which called for using unspent money in Obama's economic stimulus plan to pay down the debt. The idea was later incorporated into a spending bill. He also introduced a resolution to ban earmarks. One of his sponsored legislation, to reform the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, passed the U.S. House but hasn't passed the U.S. Senate. The bill created a bipartisan commission made up of five members of Congress to replace the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director. The bill also gave the committee more room to get rid of polices that Duffy believes jeopardize the safety of the US banking system.
In March 2011, Duffy caused controversy when a video published by the Polk County Republicans, showing a public town hall-style meeting in his district, was removed after critics attacked the video. In the video, made in the wake of the passage of a controversial state bill which would have effectively frozen the salaries of state employees, Duffy was asked about whether he would be willing to cut his own $174,000 salary. Duffy responded that he would only be willing to do so as part of a general round of salary cuts for government employees, and insisted that he was "struggling" to get by, despite his salary being nearly three times the average for Wisconsin residents. The video has since been published in other locations.
From February to October 2011, Duffy voted yes on three different bills to approve limits on funding for abortion. The bills were: 1) Amends Federal Health Care Law to Prohibit Abortion Coverage; 2) Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion; 3) Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Duffy cosponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. While the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act is presented by pro-life advocates as a straightforward bill intending to stop federal dollars from going to fund abortions, pro-choice advocates say that federal funding of abortion is already prohibited, and the bill's true intent is to restrict insurance coverage for and decrease access to abortions.
On December 22, 2011, Duffy and fellow GOP House freshman Rick Crawford (Arkansas), published an open letter to Speaker Boehner, urging the leader to allow the House to vote on the Senate's 2-month tax cut extension compromise.
Committee assignments 
Duffy serves on the Committee on Financial Services, in particular the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and the Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity.
Electoral history 
- 2012 Race for U.S. House of Representatives—7th District
- Sean Duffy (R), 56%
- Pat Kreitlow (D), 44%
- 2010 Race for U.S. House of Representatives—7th District
- Sean Duffy (R), 52%
- Julie Lassa (D), 44%
- 2008 Race for District Attorney of Ashland County, Wisconsin
- Sean Duffy (R) (inc.)
- 2006 Race for District Attorney of Ashland County, Wisconsin
- Sean Duffy (R) (inc.)
- 2004 Race for District Attorney of Ashland County, Wisconsin
- Sean Duffy (R) (inc.)
- 2002 Race for District Attorney of Ashland County, Wisconsin
- Sean Duffy (R) (inc.)
Personal life 
Duffy is married to Rachel Campos-Duffy, an alumna of The Real World: San Francisco. They once lived in Ashland, Wisconsin. and moved to Weston, Wisconsin in late 2011. They have six children: Evita Pilar, Xavier Jack, Lucia-Belen, John-Paul, Paloma Pilar and MariaVictoria Margarita.
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- "Rachel Campos-Duffy Welcomes Daughter MariaVictoria Margarita", People magazine; April 16, 2010
- "Sean and Rachel Campos-Duffy welcome fifth child, daughter Paloma Pilar", People magazine, May 20, 2008
- Official House of Representatives website
- Sean Duffy for Congress campaign website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance (federal office) at LegiStorm.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Appearances at the Internet Movie Database
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 7th congressional district
January 3, 2011 – present
|United States order of precedence|
|United States Representatives by seniority
|Representatives to the 112th–113th United States Congresses from Wisconsin (ordered by seniority)|
|112th||Senate: H. Kohl | R. Johnson||House: J. Sensenbrenner | T. Petri | R. Kind | T. Baldwin | P. Ryan | G. Moore | S. Duffy | R. Ribble|
|113th||Senate: R. Johnson | T. Baldwin||House: J. Sensenbrenner | T. Petri | R. Kind | P. Ryan | G. Moore | S. Duffy | R. Ribble | M. Pocan|