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Phone: (865) 523-3772

Address: 800 Market Street, Knoxville TN 37902-2303

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John Duncan Biography
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  • Elected: Nov. 1988, 13th full term.
  • District: Tennessee 2
  • Born: Jul. 21, 1947, Lebanon
  • Home: Knoxville
  • Education:

    U. of TN, B.S. 1969, George Washington U., J.D. 1973

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 1973–81; Knox Cnty. judge, 1981–88.

  • Military Career:

    Army Natl. Guard & Army Reserve, 1970–87.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Presbyterian

  • Family: Married (Lynn); 4 children

Republican John (Jimmy) Duncan, first elected in 1988, has been a maverick on economic and foreign policy issues, something that has hindered his ascension in the House GOP ranks. He became the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s vice chairman in 2013 after the less-senior Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania took the gavel. Read More

Republican John (Jimmy) Duncan, first elected in 1988, has been a maverick on economic and foreign policy issues, something that has hindered his ascension in the House GOP ranks. He became the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s vice chairman in 2013 after the less-senior Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania took the gavel.

His father, who was the senior Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, represented the 2nd District from 1964 until his death in May 1988. Jimmy Duncan—who surpassed his father’s time of service in April 2012—got a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Tennessee and a law degree from George Washington University. He practiced law and was a trial judge in the 1980s. When his father died, he won the seat despite a spirited challenge from Democrat Dudley Taylor, a scion of another prominent East Tennessee political family. Taylor attacked Duncan for his ties to scandal-tarred banker and Democratic politician Jake Butcher. But Duncan won with 57% in November. He has not been seriously challenged since then.

Duncan is known for his independence, and Reason magazine in 2012 listed him as one of three congressmen most likely to fill the shoes of departing libertarian iconoclast Ron Paul, R-Texas. Duncan lacks Paul’s appetite for the spotlight but acknowledged in a floor speech paying tribute to Paul that their voting records have been very similar. Duncan has repeatedly called for an end to the war in Afghanistan, which he complained in 2011 was “seemingly endless.” In October 2002, he and Paul were two of six Republicans who voted against the use of force in Iraq. Duncan argued that there was not sufficient proof that Iraqi Leader Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. In April 2011, he voted against the compromise that Republicans struck with President Barack Obama on the budget to avert a government shutdown.

Earlier, Duncan opposed normal trade relations with China and the Bush administration’s 2001 No Child Left Behind education law that imposed mandatory testing on schools. He has been consistently conservative on social issues. Though he voted for the Violence Against Women Act’s reauthorization in 2005, he opposed it in 2013 on economic grounds. He raised eyebrows when he told the Chattanooga Times Free-Press: “Like most men, I’m more opposed to violence against women than even violence against men. Because most men can handle it a little better than a lot of women can.”

But his contrariness has had its price. Duncan was a candidate for the chairmanship of the Natural Resources Committee in 2003, but Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert passed over him and five other senior Republicans to give the post to the more loyal Richard Pombo of California. When Republicans recaptured the House in 2010, the Resources chairmanship went to the more loyal Doc Hastings of Washington state. In 2006, Duncan made a big push for the top Republican position on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. But he lost to John Mica of Florida, who had less seniority but once again was more of a party regular. In 2013, the less-senior Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania got the gavel.

In 2011, Duncan became chairman of the committee’s Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, where he sought to play a major role in getting a multi-year surface transportation bill into law. He slipped a provision into the bill in 2012 barring the use of federal money to buy red-light traffic cameras, though the cameras are funded by violators’ fines and safety advocates said it would have little impact. He also has disdained “radical environmentalists” whom he accused in a June 2010 floor speech of being insensitive to rural Americans: “Most of them are city people, anyway. They probably think it would be good if everyone was forced to live in 25 or 30 urban areas, with the country left totally empty.”

Before joining the Republicans’ push to ban earmarks, Duncan wasn’t shy about seeking funding for local projects, from resurfacing the Foothills Parkway in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to a rail and trolley system for downtown Knoxville. Another of his legislative interests has been a bill to require the disclosure of contributions to presidential libraries, which the House passed in 2009 by a 388-31 vote. The Senate did not act on it, and he reintroduced it in 2011, though it did not advance.

In Knoxville, Duncan’s annual barbecue dinner draws as many as 6,000 people and reinforces his local popularity. Although he shows no signs of retiring, when Duncan does decide to leave Congress, his son, John Duncan, III, is said to be interested in the seat. The younger Duncan was elected Knox County trustee in 2010.

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John Duncan Election Results
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2012 General
John Duncan (R)
Votes: 196,894
Percent: 74.44%
Troy Goodale (D)
Votes: 54,522
Percent: 20.61%
Norris Dryer (Green)
Votes: 5,733
Percent: 2.17%
2012 Primary
John Duncan (R)
Votes: 36,335
Percent: 83.39%
Joseph Leinweber
Votes: 3,919
Percent: 8.99%
Nicholas Ciparro (R)
Votes: 3,317
Percent: 7.61%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (82%), 2008 (78%), 2006 (78%), 2004 (79%), 2002 (79%), 2000 (89%), 1998 (89%), 1996 (71%), 1994 (90%), 1992 (72%), 1990 (81%), 1988 (57%), 1988 special (56%)
John Duncan Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 20 (L) : 79 (C) 53 (L) : 47 (C) 41 (L) : 57 (C)
Social 34 (L) : 62 (C) 34 (L) : 64 (C) 39 (L) : 58 (C)
Foreign 53 (L) : 47 (C) 57 (L) : 42 (C) 56 (L) : 43 (C)
Composite 36.5 (L) : 63.5 (C) 48.5 (L) : 51.5 (C) 46.3 (L) : 53.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC90100
LCV69
CFG8673
ITIC-42
NTU9381
20112012
COC81-
ACLU-23
ACU9680
ADA2035
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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