John Duncan, Jr.

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John J. Duncan, Jr.
John Duncan.jpg
U.S. House, Tennessee, District 2
Incumbent
In office
1989-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 25
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJohn Duncan, Sr. (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.79 in 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1989
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,735,353
Term limitsN/A
Education
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
Personal
BirthdayJuly 21, 1947
Place of birthLebanon, Tennessee
Net worth$406,510
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website

John J. Duncan, Jr. (b. July 21, 1947, in Lebanon, Tennessee) 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 ran 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.

Biography

Duncan was born in Lebanon, Tennessee. He earned a B.A. from the University of Tennessee in 1969 and his J.D. from George Washington University in 1973.[2]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Duncan serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Duncan served on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Legislative actions

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

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

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]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Duncan voted in opposition 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.[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]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Duncan voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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]

Economy

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Yea3.png In March 2013, the Republican controlled House passed the budget proposal set out by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) for the third straight year.[9] Duncan was one of four Republican Representatives who voted in favor of Ryan's budget proposal after previously being in opposition.[9]

The proposal was killed after being voted down in the U.S. Senate with a 40-59 vote.[10]

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.[9] 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.[9] Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.

2013 Farm Bill

Nay3.png 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.[11][12] The bill passed on a 216-208 vote, with no Democrats voting in favor.[13] All but 12 Republicans supported the measure.[14] The group consisted mostly of conservative lawmakers more concerned about spending than farm subsidies.[14][15] Duncan was one of the 12 who voted against the measure.[14]

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.[13] 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.[13]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement 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.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Duncan supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[18]

Social issues

Abortion

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.[19]

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.[20]

Presidential preference

2012

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

John Duncan, Jr. endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [21]

Elections

2014

See also: Tennessee's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Duncan ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Tennessee's 2nd District. Duncan sought the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

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.[22] Duncan defeated Nicholas Ciparro and Joseph Leinweber Jr. in the August 2 Republican primary. He defeated Troy Goodale (D), Greg Samples (L), and Brandon Stewart (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[23]

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, Jr. is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Duncan, Jr. raised a total of $3,735,353 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 28, 2013.[36]

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

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.[37]

John Duncan, Jr (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]7/12/2014$1,569,583.96$12,852.30$(73,593.05)$1,508,843.21
July Quarterly[39]7/13/2013$1,508,843.21$54,279.92$(24,122.36)$1,539,000.77
October Quarterly[40]10/15/2013$1,539,000.77$70,803.03$(53,538.87)$1,556,264.93
Running totals
$137,935.25$(151,254.28)

2012

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 .[41]

Cost per vote

Duncan spent $2.79 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 $566,844 and spent $635,488.[42]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

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.[43]

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.[44]

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%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[45]

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.[46]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Duncan's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $168,021 and $645,000. That averages to $406,510, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 1.93% from 2010.[47]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Duncan's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $169,022 to $660,000. That averages to $414,511 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[48]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

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.[49]

2011

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.[50]

Voting with party

2013

John J. Duncan, Jr. voted with the Republican Party 90.3% of the time, which ranked 219th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[51]

Personal

John J. Duncan, Jr. is married to Lynn. They have 4 children.

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress "Duncan," Accessed June 25, 2013
  2. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "DUNCAN, John J., Jr., (1947 - )"
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr., Proudly Serving Tennessee's 2nd District "Committee Assignments"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Duncan's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 11, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Washington Post, "10 House republicans vote against Ryan budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  10. CBS News, "Senate rejects Paul Ryan budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  11. Washington Post, "Farm bill passes narrowly in House, without food stamp funding," accessed July 15, 2013
  12. USA Today, "House passes farm bill; strips out food-stamp program," accessed July 15, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Fox News, "House narrowly passes farm bill after Republicans carve out food stamps," accessed July 15, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Washington Post, "Which Republicans voted against the Farm Bill?," accessed July 15, 2013
  15. Politico, "Farm bill 2013: House narrowly passes pared-back version," accessed July 15, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Duncan's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 11, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Duncan's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 11, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Duncan in abortion," accessed October 11, 2013
  20. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved December 22, 2011
  22. Politico "2012 Election Map, Tennessee"
  23. Associated Press primary results
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for John Duncan, Jr.," Accessed March 28, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission "Duncan 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  38. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  39. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  40. FEC "October Quarterly," Accessed October 28, 2013
  41. Open Secrets "Duncan Campaign Contributions," Accessed March 1, 2013
  42. Open Secrets "John J. Duncan, Jr. 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  43. OpenCongress, "John Duncan Jr.," Accessed August 6, 2013
  44. Gov Track "John Duncan, Jr.," Accessed June 25, 2013
  45. GovTrack, "Duncan," Accessed April 10, 2013
  46. LegiStorm, "John J. Duncan Jr," Accessed September 18, 2012
  47. OpenSecrets.org, "Duncan (R-Tenn), 2011"
  48. OpenSecrets.org, "John J. Duncan Jr (R-Tenn), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  49. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
John Duncan, Sr.
U.S. House of Representatives - Tennessee, District 2
1989–Present
Succeeded by
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