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Milroy Considers Bid for Congress

Rep. Nick Milroy (D-South Range) Rep. Nick Milroy (D-South Range) |  Photo: Wisconsin Blue Book

Updated: August 27, 2019 06:24 PM

Rep. Nick Milroy (D-South Range) says he is considering whether to run for Congress.

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Milroy's announcement comes after Republican Sean Duffy announced Monday that he will resign from his seat in the U.S. House on Sept. 23.  Milroy said he will spend a couple of weeks talking to family and friends while he considers whether to run for the seat.

Milroy said in a Facebook statement that his heart goes out to Duffy and his family as they deal with pregancy complications.  Duffy said he made a decision to spend more time with his family after news that the baby his wife Rachel is expecting in October, the couple's ninth child, may need extra care due to a heart condition.

"Julie and I know all too well how difficult these complications can be, and how they are made even more difficult when you are in the public eye. We will keep the Duffy’s in our thoughts and prayers as they focus on their family and ask others to do the same while respecting their privacy," Milroy wrote.

Milroy was first elected to the Assembly's 73rd District seat in 2008 and has been re-elected five times.  He has not faced an opponent in the last four elections.

The 73rd District includes most of Douglas County as well as northern Burnett and Washburn counties.  By contrast, the 7th Congressional District stretches from Superior to Wausau and beyond, covering all or part of 20 counties.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced Tuesday that it has hired an organizing director to prepare for the 7th District special election and the 2020 general election.  The date of the special election has not been announced.

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