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Phone: 202-225-5301

Address: 116 CHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (864) 224-7401

Address: 303 West Beltline Boulevard, Anderson SC 29625-1505

Laurens SC

Phone: (864) 681-1028

Fax: (864) 681-1030

Address: 200 Courthouse Public Square, PO Box 471, Laurens SC 29360

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Jeff Duncan Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: South Carolina 3
  • Born: Jan. 07, 1966, Greenville
  • Home: Laurens
  • Education:

    Clemson U., B.A. 1988.

  • Professional Career:

    Asst. V.P., M.S. Bailey & Son, 1989-93; Asst. V.P., Palmetto Bank, 1993-95; Pres., J. Duncan & Assocs., 1995-2010.

  • Political Career:

    SC House, 2002-10.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Southern Baptist

  • Family: Married (Melody); 3 children

Republican Jeff Duncan was elected in 2010 to succeed four-term GOP Rep. Gresham Barrett, who gave up the seat to run for governor. Duncan’s deeply-held conservative beliefs at times manifest themselves in fierce rhetoric, which angers Democrats but plays well among his like-minded colleagues and at home. Read More

Republican Jeff Duncan was elected in 2010 to succeed four-term GOP Rep. Gresham Barrett, who gave up the seat to run for governor. Duncan’s deeply-held conservative beliefs at times manifest themselves in fierce rhetoric, which angers Democrats but plays well among his like-minded colleagues and at home.

Duncan was born in Greenville. His family moved frequently, mostly in the Carolinas, as they followed his father’s job as a textile industry manager tasked with turning around underperforming plants. After graduation, he went on to Clemson University, where he played wide receiver on a team coached by football legend Danny Ford. Duncan majored in political science and interned one summer for the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., which Duncan called a “tremendous experience.” When he got his degree in 1988, he worked briefly for a bank and then for a real estate auction company, which inspired him to start his own business. His company, J. Duncan & Associates, specialized in statewide real estate auctions.

When the state legislator who represented his neighborhood retired, Duncan ran for the seat in the South Carolina House and won. In office, he worked on updating the funding formula for education and on lowering taxes. In 2007, he sponsored a bill allowing gun owners with concealed-carry permits to bring guns onto school campuses, arguing that if students had been armed at Virginia Tech that year, they could have returned fire on the deranged student who killed 33 people. The bill died on the House floor. In 2009, Duncan sponsored a bill creating an alternative state budget that did not use federal stimulus money, as a way of protesting President Barack Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus bill.

After Barrett announced his plans to run for governor, Duncan entered a six-candidate field for the GOP nomination for the House seat. He was endorsed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth and built a 2-to-1 fundraising advantage over businessman Richard Cash. Duncan prevailed in a runoff with 51% of the vote. In the general election, he faced token Democratic opposition from Air Force veteran Jane Dyer, a FedEx pilot, who had little chance in the solidly Republican district. He won, 62% to 36%, and two years later racked up an even easier 67%-33% reelection win.

Duncan believes in the “Jeffersonian principles of limited governments, free markets, and individual liberties” and thinks that the federal government has gone beyond its constitutional authority, he told National Journal in an interview. He would shift some of its powers to the states. “If the government would get out of the way, business would come back,” he said. He has faithfully followed that approach in Congress. In 2011, he became the first member of Congress to receive a perfect score from the conservative activist group Heritage Action, and in 2012, he tied for the eighth highest in the entire House on the Club for Growth’s vote scorecard.

Duncan introduced a bill in 2012 requiring abortion providers to obtain written certification from a woman seeking an abortion, then to wait 24 hours before performing the abortion. He later got a bill into law calling for a strategy for addressing the Iranian threat in the Western Hemisphere.

But Duncan has drawn more attention for some of his comments. He likened the issue of illegal immigration in November 2011 to “taking the door off the hinges and allowing any kind of vagrant or animal” to enter, a remark that incensed Democrats and Hispanic groups. His spokesman sought to clarify that he was making an analogy between securing borders and homes, not immigrants and animals. At a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing in January 2013 on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, he rebuked outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for “gross negligence” in allowing the consulate there to “become a death trap.” He tweeted in 2012 that 83% of doctors considered leaving the profession because of Obama’s health care law, which became widely circulated in the blogosphere. The fact-checking site PolitFact found it was based on a survey that did not specifically mention the law and labeled it “false.”

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Jeff Duncan Election Results
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2012 General
Jeff Duncan (R)
Votes: 169,512
Percent: 66.67%
Brian Doyle (D)
Votes: 84,735
Percent: 33.33%
2012 Primary
Jeff Duncan (R)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (62%)
Jeff 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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Economic 5 (L) : 94 (C) 11 (L) : 87 (C) 30 (L) : 66 (C)
Social 16 (L) : 74 (C) 21 (L) : 75 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign - (L) : 95 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) 32 (L) : 63 (C)
Composite 9.7 (L) : 90.3 (C) 13.2 (L) : 86.8 (C) 25.0 (L) : 75.0 (C)
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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
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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: Y
    • 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: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • 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: N
    • Year: 2011
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