Jeff Duncan (Congress)

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Jeff Duncan
Jeff Duncan.jpg
U.S. House, South Carolina, District 3
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJ. Gresham Barrett (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$3.53 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,577,630
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
South Carolina House of Representatives
2003-2010
Education
Bachelor'sClemson University
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 7, 1966
Place of birthGreenville, South Carolina
ProfessionReal Estate Broker, Auctioneer
Net worth$1,475,007
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website

Jeffrey D. Duncan (b. January 7, 1966, in Greenville, SC) 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.

Duncan is running for re-election in 2014. He will face Barbara Jo Mullis in the general election. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary.[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.

Biography

Duncan was born in Greenville, South Carolina. He earned a B.A. from Clemson University in 1988.[2] He has worked as a real estate broker and auctioneer.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Duncan's professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Duncan serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Duncan served on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Duncan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Nay3.png 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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Duncan voted in support of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

2014 Farm bill

Nay3.png 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.[11] 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.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Duncan voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png 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.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] 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 protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Duncan joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[14][15]

2013 Farm bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Yea3.png Duncan voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[17] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[18]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png 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.[19] 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.[20] Duncan voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

Nay3.png The shutdown 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.[22] 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.[23]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png 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.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Yea3.png Duncan has supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[26]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png 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.[27]

Government affairs

HR 676
See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[28] Duncan joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[29][30]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Nay3.png 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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[31]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Duncan's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Duncan is a Hard-Core Conservative. Duncan received a score of 15 percent on social issues and 93 percent on economic issues.[32]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[33]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[32]

Elections

2014

See also: South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Duncan is running for re-election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent South Carolina's 3rd District. Duncan will face Barbara Jo Mullis in the general election. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.[34][35][36][37]

2012

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.[38][39]

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.[41]

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

2014

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.[42]

Jeff Duncan (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[43]April 13, 2013$132,041.56$31,926.03$(40,629.22)$123,338.37
July Quarterly[44]July 14, 2013$123,338.37$123,825.00$(85,001.99)$162,161.38
October Quarterly[45]October 13, 2013$162,161.38$76,000.12$(68,486.73)$169,674.77
Year-End[46]January 27, 2014$169,674$33,410$(47,462)$155,622
April Quarterly[47]April 14, 2014$155,622.74$47,999.00$(50,916.43)$152,705.31
Running totals
$313,160.15$(292,496.37)

2012

As of March 31, 2012, Duncan raised $434,108 during the 2012 election cycle and spent $208,043, which left him with $257,626 cash on hand. Three of his top contributors were Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which gave $10,000; Every Republican is Crucial PAC, which donated $10,000; and Honeywell International, which gave $7,000.[48]

Throughout his career, Duncan has raised $136,850 from Republican individual contributors, $66,946 from retired contributors and $56,000 from Leadership PACs.[49]

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.[50]

Cost per vote

Duncan spent $3.53 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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.[51]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[52] Between 2009 and 2012, Duncan‘s calculated net worth[53] increased by an average of 9 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[54]

Jeff Duncan Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2009$1,157,411
2012$1,475,007
Growth from 2009 to 2012:27%
Average annual growth:9%[55]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[56]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

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.[57]

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 August 2014.[58] This was the same rating Duncan received in July 2013.[59]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Duncan missed 11 of 2,726 roll call votes from January 2011 to August 2014. This amounts to 0.4 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[60]

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 ranked 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.[61]

National Journal vote ratings

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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Duncan ranked 15th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[62]

2012

Duncan was one of four members who ranked 34th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[63]

2011

Duncan was one of three members of congress who ranked 113th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[64]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Duncan voted with the Republican Party 95.2 percent of the time, which ranked 71st among the 233 House Republican members as of August 2014.[65]

2013

Duncan voted with the Republican Party 90.9 percent of the time, which ranked 219th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[66]

Personal

Duncan and his wife, Melody, have three children.[67]

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Associated Press, "South Carolina - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "DUNCAN, Jeff, (1966 - )"
  3. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, "Duncan," accessed June 24, 2013
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "DUNCAN, Jeff, (1966 - )"
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. U.S. Congressman Jeff Duncan, Welcome to my Online Office for South Carolina's 3rd District, "Committees and Caucuses"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Duncan's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 10, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Vote Smart, "Duncan on agriculture," accessed October 10, 2013
  18. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Duncan's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 10, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Duncan's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 10, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Duncan on abortion," accessed October 10, 2013
  28. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  29. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  30. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  31. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  32. 32.0 32.1 On The Issues, "Duncan Vote Match," accessed July 1, 2014
  33. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  34. The Washington Post, "Gov. Nikki Haley to fill DeMint’s seat by appointment," December 6, 2012
  35. Roll Call, "Appointment Speculation Centers on Rep. Tim Scott," December 6, 2012
  36. Politico, "All eyes on Nikki Haley to pick Jim DeMint successor," December 7, 2012
  37. Political Tracker-CNN.com, "Haley to announce DeMint's replacement at noon," December 17, 2012
  38. Associated Press, "2012 Primary Results"
  39. Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
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  42. Federal Election Commission, "Duncan 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  45. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Duncan Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  47. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  48. Opensecrets.org, "Jeff Duncan," accessed May 19, 2012
  49. Opensecrets.org, "Duncan," accessed May 19, 2012
  50. Open Secrets, "Duncan Campaign Contributions," accessed February 28, 2013
  51. Open Secrets, "Jeff Duncan 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  52. OpenSecrets, "Duncan, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  53. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  54. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  55. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  56. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  57. OpenCongress, "Jeff Duncan," accessed September 8, 2014
  58. GovTrack, "Jeff Duncan," accessed September 8, 2014
  59. GovTrack, "Jeff Duncan," accessed June 24, 2013
  60. GovTrack, "Duncan," accessed September 8, 2014
  61. LegiStorm, "Jeff Duncan," accessed September 18, 2012
  62. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," September 8, 2014
  63. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  64. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  65. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  66. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  67. Jeff Duncan.com, "About Jeff," accessed December 10, 2013
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J. Gresham Barrett
U.S. House of Representatives, South Carolina District 3
2011–present
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South Carolina House of Representatives
2003-2010
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