Robert Duncan

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Robert Duncan
Robert Duncan.jpg
Texas State Senate, District 28
In office
1997 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 18
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Robert Duncan has been a Republican member of the Texas State Senate representing District 28 since 1997.[1] He served as President Pro Tempore during the 81st Legilsature.

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.[2]

District 28

Robert Duncan represents District 28, which includes the county of Armstrong, Texas.[3]

Committee assignments


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

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Higher Education
Natural Resources
State Affairs, Chair


Duncan served on the following Texas Senate committees:




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.[4][5][6]

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


On Nov. 4, 2008, Duncan won re-election to the 28th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent MJ Smith.[7]

Duncan raised $560,022 for his campaign while Smith raised $0.[8]

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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, a year in which Duncan was up for re-election, he collected $560,022 in donations. [9]

His four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Texas Association of Realtors $12,500
Texas Medical Association $10,000
Texas Health Care Association PAC $7,500
Charles Butt $7,500


In 2004, a year in which Duncan was up for re-election, he collected $375,765 in donations. [10]

His largest contributors in 2004 were:

Donor Amount
Kip Averitt Campaign $10,081
Texas Medical Association $9,075
Frances, L. Frederick $6,000
3 donors each contributing: $5,000


In 2002, a year in which Duncan was up for re-election, he collected $324,227 in donations. [11]

His largest contributors in 2002 were:

Donor Amount
Texas Dental Association $6,000
Texas Optometric Association $5,000
Texas Association of Realtors $5,000
Texas Association of Mortgage Attorneys PAC $5,000
Texas Aggregates and Concrete Association $5,000


Robert Duncan was spotlighted by Texas Watchdog in November 2009 because he spent $15,800 on non-commercial air travel between January 1, 2008-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.[12]


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

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."[13] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


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


Duncan was born on August 5, 1953 in Vernon, Tx. He and his wife, Lynne, have two children: Lindsey and Matthew.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Montford
Texas Senate District 28
Succeeded by