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Duncan Hunter
Duncan Hunter.jpg
U.S. House, California, District 50
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDuncan L. Hunter (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.68 in 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,057,161
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSan Diego State University, 2000
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service2002-2005
Service branchUnited States Marine Corps Reserves
Years of service2005-present
Personal
BirthdayDecember 7, 1976
Place of birthSan Diego, California
Net worth$0
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Duncan Hunter (b. December 7, 1976, in San Diego, CA) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing California's 50th Congressional District. Hunter was first elected to the House in 2008.

Hunter most recently won re-election[1] in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 50th District. He defeated David Secor (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012. He was displaced from district 52 by redistricting.[2]

Hunter is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He and James Kimber (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, and will face off in the general election.

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

Career

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

  • 2001: Graduated from San Diego State University with B.S.
  • 2002-2005: United States Marine Corps
  • 2005-Present: United States Marine Corps Reserves
  • 2009-Present: U.S. Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Hunter serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Hunter served on the following committees:[5]

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.[6] For more information pertaining to Hunter's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Hunter voted for 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

Yea3.png Hunter voted for 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 that was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Hunter voted for 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. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

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] Hunter voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.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. Hunter voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[14]

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.[17] 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.[18] Hunter voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Nay3.pngThe 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.[20] 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. Hunter voted against HR 2775.[21]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Yea3.png Hunter voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[22]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Hunter voted for 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]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png Hunter voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[25]

Social issues

Abortion

Neutral/Abstain Hunter did not vote on HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[26]

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.[27] Hunter joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[28][29]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png Hunter 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.[30]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Duncan Hunter'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, Hunter is a Moderate Conservative. Hunter received a score of 27 percent on social issues and 72 percent on economic issues.[31]

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[32]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors 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 Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[31]

Elections

2014

See also: California's 50th Congressional District elections, 2014

Hunter is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He and James Kimber (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 3, 2014, defeating Michael Benoit (L). They will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.[33]

U.S. House, California District 50 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDuncan D. Hunter Incumbent 70.4% 62,371
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Kimber 24.3% 21,552
     Libertarian Michael Benoit 5.2% 4,634
Total Votes 88,557
Source: California Secretary of State

2012

See also: California's 50th Congressional District elections, 2012

Hunter won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 50th District.[1] He was displaced from district 52 by redistricting. He and David Secor (D) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Connie Frankowiak (D), Terri Linnell (R) and Michael Benoit (L). Hunter went on to defeat Secor in the general election on November 6, 2012.[34][35]

U.S. House, California District 50 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDuncan Hunter Incumbent 67.7% 174,838
     Democratic David Secor 32.3% 83,455
Total Votes 258,293
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, California District 50 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDuncan Hunter (R) Incumbent 67.4% 76,818
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Secor (D) 16.8% 19,142
Connie Frankowiak (D) 7.5% 8,553
Michael Benoit (L) 5.4% 6,160
Terri Linnell (R) 2.9% 3,275
Total Votes 113,948

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Hunter attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Hunter is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Hunter raised a total of $3,057,161 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[38]

Duncan Hunter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 50) Won $986,170
2010 US House (California, District 52) Won $765,971
2008 US House (California, District 52) Won $1,305,020
Grand Total Raised $3,057,161


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hunter's reports.[39]

Duncan Hunter (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2013$24,786.60$171,898.95$(65,964.58)$130,720.97
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2013$130,720.97$220,519.31$(88,268.41)$262,971.87
October Quarterly[42]October 15, 2013$262,971.87$141,840.88$(99,448.32)$305,364.43
Year-End[43]January 31, 2014$305,364$165,929$(67,244)$404,049
April Quarterly[44]April 14, 2014$404,049$113,122$(118,192)$398,979
Pre-Primary[45]May 22, 2014$398,979$81,120$(54,673)$425,426
July Quarterly[46]July 15, 2014$425,426$158,665$(75,913)$508,178
Running totals
$1,053,095.14$(569,703.31)

2012

Hunter won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Hunter's campaign committee raised a total of $986,170 and spent $993,680.[47] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[48]

Cost per vote

Hunter spent $5.68 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Hunter won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Hunter's campaign committee raised a total of $765,971 and spent $757,936.[49]

His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Personal Gain Index

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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, Hunter's net worth as of 2012 was estimated at $0, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Hunter ranked as the 411th most wealthy representative in 2012.[50] Between 2008 and 2012, Hunter's net worth did not change. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[51]

Duncan Hunter Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2008$0
2012$0
Growth from 2008 to 2012:N/A
Average annual growth:N/A
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[52]
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.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Hunter received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Defense Electronics industry.

From 2007-2014, 18.48 percent of Hunter's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[53]

Duncan Hunter Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $4,110,258
Total Spent $3,603,077
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Defense Electronics$178,300
Defense Aerospace$172,200
Retired$142,709
Misc Defense$135,465
Sea Transport$130,987
% total in top industry4.34%
% total in top two industries8.53%
% total in top five industries18.48%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hunter is a "moderate Republican leader" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Hunter received in June 2013.[54]

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.[55]

Hunter most often votes with:

Hunter least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Hunter missed 97 of 4,333 roll call votes from January 2009 to July 2014. This amounts to 2.2 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[56]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hunter paid his congressional staff a total of $957,044 in 2011. He ranked 34th on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 208th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[57]

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

Hunter ranked 95th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[58]

2012

Hunter ranked 18th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[59]

2011

Hunter ranked 11th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[60]

Voting with party

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

2014

Hunter voted with the Republican Party 95.2 percent of the time, which ranked 72nd among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[61]

2013

Hunter voted with the Republican Party 97.6 percent of the time, which ranked 73rd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[62]

Personal

Hunter and his wife, Margaret, have three children.

Recent news

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See also

External links

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References

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Duncan L. Hunter
U.S. House of Representatives - California
2009-Present
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