GOP Congressman Abruptly Resigns ‘To Spend More Time With His Family’
Republican Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), who serves on the powerful House Financial Services Committee, announced on Monday that he is resigning from Congress after being elected to his fifth term in 2018.
“After eight and a half years, the time has come for me to focus more on the reason we fight these battles — family,” Duffy said in a Facebook post.
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,” he said in his post.
“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.”
Duffy’s Wisconsin district has traditionally been a Republican stronghold. He beat his opponent by 22 points during the midterm election cycle.
Prior to his time in Congress, Duffy served as a district attorney for eight years, according to Politico.