Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday, Sept. 23 that he is ordering a special election to fill the 7th Congressional District vacancy created by the resignation of U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis.

The election takes place Jan. 21, 2020. A primary, if required, will occur on Dec. 30, 2019.

The governor has received notification from Duffy stating he would resign the office of U.S. Representative, effective Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at 6 p.m. EST.

State law dictates when the governor can order a special election. Once a congressional seat becomes vacant, the governor can order a special election. Gov. Evers will issue an order for the special election immediately following the effective time of Duffy’s resignation.

“Our rural communities have been directly affected by unproductive trade wars, political attacks on health care and public education, and economic uncertainty because of the volatility we’re seeing in Washington, D.C.,” Evers said. “The people of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District deserve to have a voice in Congress, which is why I am calling for a special election to occur quickly to ensure the people of the 7th Congressional District have representation as soon as possible. I thank Rep. Duffy for his service and wish him and his family all the best.”