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GOP Rep. Sean Duffy announces resignation from Congress

Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.) has suddenly announced he is leaving Congress next month.

In a statement on Monday morning, the Wisconsin Republican said that his baby due in October "will need even more love, time, and attention due to complications, including a heart condition," and so he is taking a "break from public service" in order to be with his family. Duffy wrote that prior to this, he had "been open to signs from God when it comes to balancing my desire to serve both my family and my country."

Duffy currently represents Wisconsin's 7th district, which President Trump easily won in 2016 by 21 percentage points, Politico notes. He was elected in 2010 and has been a strong supporter of the president, having spoken at one of his rallies in Wisconsin last year.

This is the latest instance of a Republican congressman announcing he is leaving Congress, although unlike numerous GOP representatives who in recent weeks have declined to seek re-election in 2020, Duffy's resignation will be effective on Sept. 23. This, Duffy said, will "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."