What a Week!

May 12, 2014Columns

Dear friends,

What a week! While the arrival of our daughter has absolutely been the top story in the Duffy house this week, the U.S. House of Representatives made some headlines as well.

Select Committee on Benghazi: Although I was home for the birth of our daughter, I offered a statement for the record in support of this select committee. I am hopeful that this committee will finish the much needed work of holding the Administration accountable for its failures surrounding this attack, deliver justice to those terrorists who murdered these four Americans, and bring peace to the families of the victims. To read my entire statement on the matter, please click here

Choices for Our Children: The 7th District has the 25th highest number of charter schools in the country. All parents want choices and opportunities for our children and charter schools provide those options. Schools no longer have to be selected by where families buy their house, and a zip code should no longer dictate the quality of education our children receive. These things should be chosen based on the education parents want their children to receive. I am very glad the House passed H.R. 10, the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act this week and I am a proud co-sponsor of this legislation. For more on this bill and to read my full statement for the record, click here.

Paul Bunyan #ServiceAboveSelf Award: We have already received a strong response to our 2014 Paul Bunyan #ServiceAboveSelf Award. As a reminder, if you would like to nominate a 7th District friend or neighbor whom you feel goes above and beyond to serve our community, please go to Duffy.house.gov, of click on the image below, for full details and to fill out a nomination form.  


All nominations must be submitted by May 31, 2014. The winner will be announced in conjunction with national Paul Bunyan Day on June 28th. 

On a personal note: Our family is always grateful for the love and support that so many have shown us, but that holds especially true this week. Rachel, the kids, and I have been so touched by the incredible amount of prayers and well wishes we received on the announcement of our daughter's birth. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Below is our first photo as a family of 9 (a selfie, of course).

I wish a very happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms. I hope you enjoy your day and feel the appreciation and love of your children and families throughout the year. Until next week…


Have a great week,