Robert Duncan

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Robert Duncan
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Texas State Senate, District 28
Former member
In office
1997 - 2014
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTexas Tech University
J.D.University of Texas School of Law
Personal
BirthdayAugust 5, 1953
Place of birthVernon, TX
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Robert L. Duncan (b. August 5, 1953) is a former Republican member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 28 from 1996 to July 3, 2014. He resigned to take a position as Texas Tech Chancellor.[1][2][3] He served as President Pro Tempore during the 81st Legislature.

Biography

Duncan graduated with a B.S. from Texas Tech University and also graduated with a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

In addition to being a senator, Duncan is also an attorney and partner at Partner, Crenshaw, Dupree, and Milam. Prior to his position in the state senate, Duncan was a representative in the Texas House of Representatives from 1993 to 1996.[4]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Duncan served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Finance
Higher Education
Natural Resources
State Affairs, Chair
Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Ed Governance, Excellence & Transparency

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Duncan served on the following Texas Senate committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Duncan served on the following Texas Senate committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Duncan won re-election in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 28. Duncan defeated E.M. Garza in the May 29 Republican primary election and defeated M.J. Smith (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

Texas State Senate, District 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Duncan Incumbent 86.4% 183,619
     Libertarian M.J. Smith 13.6% 28,932
Total Votes 212,551
Texas State Senate District 28 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Duncan 85.4% 52,990
E.M. Garza 14.6% 9,069
Total Votes 62,059

2008

On Nov. 4, 2008, Duncan won re-election to the 28th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent MJ Smith.[5]

Duncan raised $560,022 for his campaign while Smith raised $0.[6]

Texas State Senate, District 28 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Duncan (R) 179,059 88.17%
MJ Smith (L) 24,022 11.82%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Duncan is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Duncan raised a total of $3,405,772 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[7]

Robert Duncan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 28 Won $979,768
2010 Texas State Senate, District 28 $646,730
2008 Texas State Senate, District 28 Won $560,022
2006 Texas State Senate, District 28 $313,553
2004 Texas State Senate, District 28 Won $375,765
2002 Texas State Senate, District 28 Won $324,227
1998 Texas State Senate, District 28 Won $205,707
Grand Total Raised $3,405,772

2012

Duncan won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Duncan raised a total of $979,768.
Texas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Duncan's campaign in 2012
Texas Association For Home Care & Hospice$10,000
Bridwell, Tucker$10,000
Texas Association Of Realtors$10,000
Stai, Dian Graves$10,000
Texas Medical Association$10,000
Total Raised in 2012$979,768
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Duncan was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Duncan raised a total of $646,730.

2008

Duncan won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Duncan raised a total of $560,022.

2006

Duncan was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Duncan raised a total of $313,553.

2004

Duncan won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Duncan raised a total of $375,765.

2002

Duncan won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Duncan raised a total of $324,227.

1998

Duncan won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Duncan raised a total of $205,707.

Scorecards

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[8] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Duncan received a score of 48.4 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Robert Duncan received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Duncan and his wife, Lynne, have two children: Lindsey and Matthew.

Controversies

Taxpayer money for private flights

Robert Duncan was spotlighted by Texas Watchdog in November 2009 because he spent $15,800 on non-commercial air travel between January 1, 2008 and May 1, 2009. Texas taxpayers reimbursed Duncan for these private air flights under senate rules. Two other senators who fly on private aircraft and are reimbursed by state taxpayers for these trips including John Carona and Carlos Uresti.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Montford
Texas Senate District 28
1997-2014
Succeeded by
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