Sean Duffy

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Sean Duffy
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U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 7
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorDave Obey (D)
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
Net worth-$67,498
Office website
Campaign website
Sean Duffy (b. October 3, 1971, in Hayward, Wisconsin) 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]

Duffy was a professional lumberjack athlete, and competed in lumberjack shows to put himself through law school.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Duffy is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


After earning his J.D., he went into private practice and soon became District Attorney of Ashland County, WI.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Duffy's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 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:[3]


Duffy was a member of the following House committees[4]:


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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]



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

Duffy ran for re-election in 2012.[6] He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Pat Kreitlow in the November general election.[7]

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)

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Duffy is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Duffy raised a total of $4,624,381 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[9]

Sean Duffy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Wisconsin, District 7) Won $2,647,209
2010 US House (Wisconsin, District 7) Won $1,977,172
Grand Total Raised $4,624,381


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Duffy's reports.[10]

Sean Duffy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[11]4/15/2013$105,183.08$225,046.85$(107,368.40)$222,861.53
July Quarterly[12]7/15/2013$222,861.53$330,833.44$(73,943.37)$479,751.60
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Duffy's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Duffy won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Duffy's campaign committee raised a total of $2,647,210 and spent $2,601,113.[13]


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.[14]

Race Background

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[15] Duffy ranked 7th on the list.[15] The article noted 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."[15] Wisconsin's 7th District became more Republican following redistricting after the 2010 census, giving Duffy an edge over Kreitlow.[16] While the district became more Republican, Duffy came under fire in 2011 for comments he made about his personal wealth. He complained that it was difficult to pay bills on his congressional salary, which was $174,000.[17]

The 2012 race brought in a lot of money. Kreitlow raised $1.2 million by mid-October, and Duffy had raised twice that amount. Another $4.3 million was spent by outside groups on attack ads on both sides.[18]


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[19]

Duffy most often votes with:

Duffy least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking


Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Duffy is a "moderate Republican follower".[20]

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 who ranked 163rd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[21]


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.[22]

Voting with party


Sean Duffy voted with the Republican Party 97.2% of the time, which ranked 66th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[23]

Lifetime missed votes

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Duffy missed 28 of 1,702 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.6%, which is better than the median of 2.1% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[24]

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.[25]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Duffy's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$144,995 and $9,998. That averages to -$67,498, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 40.3% from 2010.[26]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[27]


Duffy and his wife, Rachel, met on the MTV reality show "The Real World." They have six children.[2]

Recent news

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External links


  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 22, 2011
  3., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Official House website "Committees," Accessed November 22, 2011
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Politico "Freshmen face 2012 dilemma," April 22, 2012
  7. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Sean Duffy," Accessed April 18, 2013
  10. Federal Election Commission "Duffy 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 25, 2013
  11. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  12. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Reid Ribble Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 22, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "2010 Race: Wisconsin District 07," Accessed November 22, 2011
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 The Hill "House members most helped by redistricting" Accessed April 17, 2012
  16. RealClearPolitics, "WI 7th District," accessed March 22, 2013
  17. Talking Points Memo, "So How Rich Is Sean Duffy? Not Very…For A Congressman," accessed March 22, 2013
  18. Chippewa Herald, "Duffy-Kreitlow House race drawing attention," accessed March 22, 2013
  19. OpenCongress, "Sean Duffy," Accessed August 8, 2013
  20. Gov Track "Duffy" Accessed May 9, 2013
  21. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  24. GovTrack, "Duffy," Accessed April 11, 2013
  25. LegiStorm, "Sean Duffy," Accessed September 7, 2012
  26., "Duffy (R-WI), 2011"
  27., "Sean P. Duffy (R-Wis), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Dave Obey
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, 7th District
Succeeded by