Rep. Sean Duffy to resign in September, cites wife's pending childbirth

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MADISON, Wis. (AP/WMTV) -- Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, who represents northern Wisconsin in Congress, is resigning next month.

Rep. Sean Duffy

Duffy posted on his Facebook page Monday that he is resigning on Sept. 23 to spend more time with his family. Duffy says that he recently learned that his ninth child due in October has a heart condition and "will need even more love, time, and attention due to complications."

The 47-year-old Duffy was first elected to Congress in 2010. He has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump and has also been widely mentioned as a possible candidate for U.S. Senate or governor in 2022.

The former cast member of MTV's "The Real World: Boston" says he needs a "break from public service" in order to support his family.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers will have to call a special election to fill the vacancy.

Republican Senator Ron Johnson said the following after Duffy's announcement:


“We are all saddened by the news that Sean and Rachel Duffy’s soon-to-be-born baby girl will experience significant health challenges. Family responsibilities should always come first, and I fully understand and respect Sean’s decision to devote his full time and attention to his family. I ask everyone to keep Sean and his family in your prayers."

U.S. Rep. Bryan Steil, representing Wisconsin's 1st District also released a statement on Duffy's resignation in Sept.:

“Sean is a great friend, an unwavering champion for Wisconsin families, and most importantly, a devoted husband and father. Sean has been a great ally in Congress. His passion for bettering our nation and taking an ax to the issues that matter most will be sorely missed. I wish Sean, Rachel, and their kids nothing but the best and I will continue praying for their family.”

The following is a statement from Democratic Party of Wisconsin chair Ben Wikler:


“The Democratic Party of Wisconsin sends its well wishes to the Duffy family as they face the medical challenges ahead. During the fight against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, I worked closely with the families of children born with congenital heart defects. Nurturing these children is a full-time job, and one that takes great emotional strength from the families who love them. I will be hoping for the best for Sean and Rachel as they prepare to welcome their child to the world.”