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Jeff Duncan
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U.S. House, South Carolina, District 3
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorJ. Gresham Barrett (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.53 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next primaryJune 10, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,577,630
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina House of Representatives
Bachelor'sClemson University
BirthdayJanuary 7, 1966
Place of birthGreenville, South Carolina
ProfessionReal Estate Broker, Auctioneer
Net worth$1,475,007
Office website
Campaign website

Jeffrey D. Duncan (b. January 7, 1966, in Greenville, South Carolina) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of South Carolina. Duncan was first elected to South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District in 2010. He won re-election in 2012. He is running for re-election in 2014.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Duncan served in the South Carolina House of Representatives.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Duncan is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Duncan was born in Greenville, South Carolina. He earned a B.A. from Clemson University in 1988.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Duncan's academic, professional and political career:[1]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Duncan serves on the following committees:[4]


Duncan served on the following committees:[5]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Duncan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security


Voted "No" Duncan voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Duncan voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Duncan voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Duncan voted in opposition of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


2014 Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Duncan voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "No" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Duncan joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[13][14]

2013 Farm bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Duncan voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[16] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[17]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Duncan voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Duncan voted against HR 2775.[22]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Duncan supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Duncan has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[25]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Duncan voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[26]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Duncan voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[27]



See also: United States Senate special election in South Carolina, 2014

Duncan was rumored as a possible appointee to Jim DeMint's U.S. Senate seat. On December 17, 2012, Gov. Nikki Haley announced she had chosen to appoint Representative Tim Scott to fill DeMint's seat beginning in January 2013. Although Duncan was not appointed, he could still run for election to the remainder of the term in 2014.[28][29][30][31]


See also: South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Duncan won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, to represent South Carolina's 3rd District. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and defeated Brian Doyle (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[32][33]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Brian Doyle 33.3% 84,735
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Duncan Incumbent 66.5% 169,512
     N/A Write-In 0.2% 516
Total Votes 254,763
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Duncan is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Duncan raised a total of $1,577,630 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 28, 2013.[35]

Jeff Duncan (Congress)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (South Carolina, District 3) Won $698,727
2010 US House (South Carolina, District 3) Won $878,903
Grand Total Raised $1,577,630


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Duncan's reports.[36]

Jeff Duncan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[37]4/13/2013$132,041.56$31,926.03$(40,629.22)$123,338.37
July Quarterly[38]7/14/2013$123,338.37$123,825.00$(85,001.99)$162,161.38
October Quarterly[39]10/13/2013$162,161.38$76,000.12$(68,486.73)$169,674.77
Year-End[40]January 27, 2014$169,674$33,410$(47,462)$155,622
Running totals


As of March 31, 2012, Duncan had raised $434,108 during the 2012 election cycle and spent $208,043, leaving him with $257,626 cash on hand. Three of his top contributors are Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which gave $10,000; Every Republican is Crucial PAC, which donated $10,000; and Honeywell International, which gave $7,000.[41]

Throughout his career, Duncan has raised $136,850 from Republican individual contributors, $66,946 from retired contributors, and $56,000 from Leadership PACs.[42]

Breakdown of the source of Duncan's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Duncan won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Duncan's campaign committee raised a total of $698,728 and spent $598,247.[43]

Cost per vote

Duncan spent $3.53 per vote received in 2012.


Duncan won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Duncan's campaign committee raised a total of $878,903 and spent $847,343.[44]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 3, 2010 - Jeff Duncan (Congress) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $878,903
Total Spent $847,343
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $266,698
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $266,560
Top contributors to Jeff Duncan (Congress)'s campaign committee
Club for Growth$130,100
Fluor Corp$15,000
National HealthCare Corp$15,000
Scana Corp$15,000
American College of Emergency Physicians$11,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$40,500
Health Professionals$32,550
Electric Utilities$28,350


Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[45]

Duncan most often votes with:

Duncan least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Duncan is a "far-right Republican," as of June 24, 2013.[46]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Duncan missed 10 of 1,698 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to .6%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[47]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Duncan paid his congressional staff a total of $959,941 in 2011. Overall, South Carolina ranks 31st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[48]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Duncan's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $530,019 to $2,419,995. That averages to $1,475,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Duncan ranked as the 178th most wealthy representative in 2012.[49]

Jeff Duncan Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net WorthAvg. Citizen Net Worth

National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Duncan was 1 of 4 members who ranked 34th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[50]


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Duncan was 1 of 3 members of congress who ranked 113th in the conservative rankings.[51]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Duncan has voted with the Republican Party 90.9% of the time, which ranked 219th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[52]


Duncan and his wife, Melody, have three children.[53]

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See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Duncan," accessed June 24, 2013
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "DUNCAN, Jeff, (1966 - )"
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "DUNCAN, Jeff, (1966 - )"
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan, Welcome to my Online Office for South Carolina's 3rd District "Committees and Caucuses"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Duncan's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 10, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Vote Smart, "Duncan on agriculture," accessed October 10, 2013
  17. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Duncan's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 10, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Duncan's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 10, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Duncan on abortion," accessed October 10, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  28. The Washington Post, "Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint’s seat by appointment," December 6, 2012
  29. Roll Call, "Appointment Speculation Centers on Rep. Tim Scott," December 6, 2012
  30. Politico, "All eyes on Nikki Haley to pick Jim DeMint successor," December 7, 2012
  31. Political, "Haley to announce DeMint's replacement at noon," December 17, 2012
  32. WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
  33. Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jeff Duncan," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Duncan 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  37. FEC "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  38. FEC "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  39. FEC "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Jeff Duncan Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  41. "Jeff Duncan" accessed May 19, 2012
  42. accessed May 19, 2012
  43. Open Secrets, "Duncan Campaign Contributions," accessed February 28, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "Jeff Duncan 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  45. OpenCongress, "Jeff Duncan," accessed August 6, 2013
  46. GovTrack, "Jeff Duncan," accessed June 24, 2013
  47. GovTrack, "Duncan," accessed April 10, 2013
  48. LegiStorm, "Jeff Duncan," accessed September 18, 2012
  49. OpenSecrets, "Duncan, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  50. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  51. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  52. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  53. Jeff, "About Jeff," accessed December 10, 2013
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