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John J. Duncan, Jr.
John Duncan.jpg
U.S. House, Tennessee, District 2
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 25
PredecessorJohn Duncan, Sr. (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.79 in 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1989
Next primaryAugust 7, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,735,353
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee
J.D.George Washington University
Military service
Service/branchArmy National Guard
Years of service1970-1987
Service branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1970-1987
BirthdayJuly 21, 1947
Place of birthLebanon, Tennessee
Net worth$358,009
Office website

John J. Duncan, Jr. (b. July 21, 1947, in Lebanon, TN) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Tennessee, representing the 2nd District. Duncan was first elected by voters from Tennessee's 2nd Congressional District in 1988. He won re-election in 2012. He is running for re-election in 2014.

Duncan, Jr. originally won his seat in a special election, following the death of his father.[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 Lebanon, Tennessee. He earned a B.A. from the University of Tennessee in 1969 and a J.D. from George Washington University in 1973.[2]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Duncan serves on the following committees:[3]


Duncan served on the following committees:[4]

Key votes

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.[5] For more information pertaining to Duncan's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Duncan voted in opposition 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.[7]

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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Duncan voted in support 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.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


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.[9] 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.[10][11] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[11] 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.[12][13] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[13] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[14] 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.[12][13]

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Voted "Yes" In March 2013, the Republican controlled House passed the budget proposal set out by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) for the third straight year.[15] Duncan was one of four Republican Representatives who voted in favor of Ryan's budget proposal after previously being in opposition.[15]

The proposal was killed after being voted down in the U.S. Senate with a 40-59 vote.[16]

The proposal would have cut about $5 trillion over the next decade and aimed to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period.[15] The 2013 bill had opposition from 10 Republicans — the same number that voted against it in 2012. In 2011, only four Republicans cast a vote in opposition.[15] Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.

2013 Farm bill

Voted "No" In July 2013 the Republican controlled House narrowly passed a scaled-back version of the farm bill after stripping out the popular food-stamp program.[17][18] The bill passed on a 216-208 vote, with no Democrats voting in favor.[19] All but 12 Republicans supported the measure.[20] The group consisted mostly of conservative lawmakers more concerned about spending than farm subsidies.[20][21] Duncan was 1 of the 12 who voted against the measure.[20]

The farm bill historically has included both billions in farm subsidies and billions in food stamps. Including both of the two massive programs has in the past helped win support from rural-state lawmakers and those representing big cities.[19] After the bill failed in the House in June 2013 amid opposition from rank-and-file Republicans, House leaders removed the food stamp portion in a bid to attract conservative support.[19]

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.[22] 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.[23] Duncan voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[24]

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.[25] 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.[26]


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.[27] The vote largely followed party lines.[28]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Duncan supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[29]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Duncan supported 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.[30]

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.[31]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John Duncan, Jr. endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [32]


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 Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Duncan received a score of 26 percent on social issues and 92 percent on economic issues.[33]

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[34]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly 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 Favors
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[33]



See also: Tennessee's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Duncan is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Tennessee's 2nd District. Duncan is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Tennessee's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Duncan won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Tennessee's 2nd District.[35] Duncan defeated Nicholas Ciparro and Joseph Leinweber Jr. in the August 2, 2012 Republican primary. He defeated Troy Goodale (D), Greg Samples (L) and Brandon Stewart (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[36]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Troy Goodale 20.6% 54,522
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn J. Duncan, Jr. Incumbent 74.4% 196,894
     Green Norris Dryer 2.2% 5,733
     Independent Brandon Stewart 1.1% 2,974
     Libertarian Greg Samples 1.7% 4,382
Total Votes 264,505
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Tennessee District 2 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Duncan Jr Incumbent 83.4% 36,335
Nick Ciparro 7.6% 3,317
Joseph Leinweber Jr 9% 3,919
Total Votes 43,571

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Duncan is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Duncan raised a total of $3,735,353 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 28, 2013.[49]

John Duncan, Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Tennessee, District 2) Won $650,921
2010 US House (Tennessee, District 2) Won $566,844
2008 US House (Tennessee, District 2) Won $656,919
2006 US House (Tennessee, District 2) Won $730,821
2002 US House (Tennessee, District 2) Won $561,276
2000 US House (Tennessee, District 2) Won $568,572
Grand Total Raised $3,735,353


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.[50]

John Duncan, Jr (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[51]July 12, 2013$1,569,583.96$12,852.30$(73,593.05)$1,508,843.21
July Quarterly[52]July 13, 2013$1,508,843.21$54,279.92$(24,122.36)$1,539,000.77
October Quarterly[53]October 15, 2013$1,539,000.77$70,803.03$(53,538.87)$1,556,264.93
Year-End[54]January 31, 2014$1,556,264$33,721$(54,778)$1,535,316
April Quarterly[55]April 15, 2014$1,535,316.88$40,054.64$(50,265.23)$1,525,106.29
Running totals


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 $650,922 and spent $548,501.[56]

Cost per vote

Duncan spent $2.79 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 $566,844 and spent $635,488.[57]

U.S. House, Tennessee District 2, 2010 - John Duncan, Jr. Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $566,844
Total Spent $635,488
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to John Duncan, Jr.'s campaign committee
AFLAC Inc$10,000
American Bankers Assn$10,000
American Council of Engineering Cos$10,000
American Maritime Officers$10,000
Berkshire Hathaway$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Air Transport$56,500
Construction Services$46,250
Lawyers/Law Firms$29,991
Building Materials & Equipment$28,250

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 pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

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, Duncan's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $151,018 to $565,000. That averages to $358,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Duncan ranked as the 303rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[58] Between 2004 and 2012, Duncan‘s calculated net worth[59] decreased by an average of 7 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[60]

John Duncan, Jr. Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-53%
Average annual growth:-7%[61]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[62]
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.


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.[63]

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 "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 25, 2013.[64]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Duncan missed 169 of 15,359 roll call votes from January 1989 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.1 percent, which is better than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[65]

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, Tennessee ranks 39th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[66]

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 who ranked 219th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[67]


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 2 members of congress who ranked 213th in the conservative rankings.[68]

Voting with party


Duncan voted with the Republican Party 90.3 percent of the time, which ranked 219th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[69]


Duncan and his wife, Lynn, have four children and six grandchildren.[70]

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External links

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  59. 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).
  60. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  61. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  62. 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.
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  70., "Full Biography," accessed April 15, 2014
Political offices
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John Duncan, Sr.
U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee, District 2
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