Difference between revisions of "Sean Duffy"

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
m (Net worth)
m (Text replace - "Open=|" to "")
Line 191: Line 191:
[[Category:112th Congress]][[Category:113th Congress]]
[[Category:112th Congress]][[Category:113th Congress]]
{{congcandidate|Year=2012|Status=incumbent|Chamber=U.S. House|Primary=W|General=W|Open=|Redistricting=}}
{{congcandidate|Year=2012|Status=incumbent|Chamber=U.S. House|Primary=W|General=W|Redistricting=}}

Revision as of 18:50, 14 February 2013

Sean Duffy
Sean Duffy.jpg
U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 7
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
District Attorney, Ashland County, WI
Bachelor'sSt. Marys College
J.D.William Mitchell College of Law
Date of birthOctober 3, 1971
Place of birthHayward, WI
Office website
Campaign website
Sean Duffy (b. October 3, 1971) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Wisconsin. Duffy represents the 7th congressional district of Wisconsin and was first elected to the House in 2010. He was re-elected in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Duffy is a "centrist Republican follower".[2]


Duffy was a professional lumberjack athlete, and competed in lumberjack shows to put himself through law school. After earning his J.D., he went into private practice and soon became District Attorney of Ashland County, WI.[3]


  • 2011-present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2002-2010: District Attorney of Ashland County, WI

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Duffy serves on the following committees:[4]

Committee information is not yet available.


Duffy was a member of the following House committees[5]:


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Duffy voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]



See also: Wisconsin's 7th congressional district elections, 2012

Duffy ran for re-election in 2012.[7] He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Pat Kreitlow in the November general election.[8]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Pat Kreitlow 43.8% 157,524
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Duffy Incumbent 56.1% 201,720
     Independent Dale Lehner 0% 20
     Miscellaneous N/A 0.1% 405
Total Votes 359,669
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)


On November 2, 2010, Duffy won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Julie M. Lassa (D) and Gary Kauther (Independent No War No Bailout).[9] Incumbent Dave Obey did not seek re-election.

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 7, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSean Duffy 52.2% 132,551
     Democratic Julie M. Lassa 44.5% 113,018
     Independent Gary Kauther 3.3% 8,397
Total Votes 253,966

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Duffy's reports.

Sean Duffy Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 15, 2012$848,641.76$280,164.90$(167,949.89)$960,856.77
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2012$960,856.77$391,226.84$(204,326.82)$1,147,756.79
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Duffy's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Duffy won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Duffy's campaign committee raised a total of $1,977,172 and spent $1,918,211.[12]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Duffy paid his congressional staff a total of $780,342 in 2011. Overall, Wisconsin ranks 32nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Duffy's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-489,989 to $154,994, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[14]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Duffy was 1 of 3 members of congress who ranked 170th in the conservative rankings.[15]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Duffy voted with the Republican Party 91.7% of the time, which ranked 151 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[16]

District 7

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[17] Duffy ranked 7th on the list.[17] The article notes that Republican state legislators traded some of the Democratic leaning areas with Republican areas, "making the district a toss-up and giving him a better chance of holding on to the seat."[17]


Duffy and his wife, Rachel, met on the MTV reality show "The Real World." They have six children.[3]

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Dave Obey
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 7th District
Succeeded by