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GOP Rep. Sean Duffy resigns after learning of unborn daughter's heart condition

'It is not an easy decision ... but it is the right decision for my family'

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Republican Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin announced his resignation Monday, attributing his decision to step down to his need and desire to be more available to his family as they deal with their soon-to-be-born daughter's health issues, according to The Hill.

The congressman was elected to his fifth term as the representative for Wisconsin's 7th District in 2018, and his resignation is effective Sept. 23.

"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 wrote on Facebook. "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."

Duffy is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and won his district by 21 points in 2016 and 22 points in 2018, meaning there's a high probability that the seat will remain Republican after the next election.

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

"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 wrote.

Before being elected to Congress, Duffy was a district attorney for eight years and a former cast member on the MTV reality shows "The Real World: Boston" (1997) and "Road Rules."

Duffy is married to Rachel Campos-Duffy, a Fox News contributor, and they have eight children in addition to the one they are expecting in October. Duffy and Campos-Duffy met on "Road Rules." Campos-Duffy had been on "Real World: San Francisco" in 1994.

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