Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) announced Monday that he will resign from Congress next month due to family reasons.
In a statement posted to Facebook, Duffy said he will leave Washington, D.C., to spend more time with his family, who in the fall are expected to welcome a child with health issues.
“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,” Duffy said. “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.”
The Wisconsin Republican said he will step down on September 23rd.
Duffy, an ally of President Donald Trump, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for Senate or governor in 2022.
Duffy’s 7th District seat, which he was elected to in 2010, is regarded as a safe seat for Republicans. As Politico notes, then-candidate Donald Trump won the district by 21 points in the 2016 presidential election.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) will call a special election to replace the outgoing lawmaker.