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Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R)

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Phone: 202-225-5672

Address: 223 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (619) 448-5201

Address: 1611 North Magnolia Avenue, El Cajon CA 92020

Temecula CA

Phone: (951) 695-5108

Address: 41000 Main Street, Temecula CA 92590

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Duncan D. Hunter Biography
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  • Elected: 2008, 3rd term.
  • District: California 50
  • Born: Dec. 07, 1976, San Diego
  • Home: Lakeside
  • Education:

    San Diego St. U., B.S. 2000.

  • Professional Career:

    Business analyst, Cayenta Inc., 2000-02; Residential developer, 2005-07.

  • Military Career:

    Marine Corps, 2002-05 (Iraq); Marine Reserves, 05-present (Afghanistan).

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Protestant

  • Family: Married (Margaret); 3 children

Republican Duncan D. Hunter, elected in 2008, holds the seat that his father Duncan Hunter, the longtime chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, held for 28 years before him. The younger Hunter is a Marine veteran and just as much of a defense hawk as his father, even occasionally bucking his party on military issues. Read More

Republican Duncan D. Hunter, elected in 2008, holds the seat that his father Duncan Hunter, the longtime chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, held for 28 years before him. The younger Hunter is a Marine veteran and just as much of a defense hawk as his father, even occasionally bucking his party on military issues.

The younger Hunter grew up in El Cajon and got a degree in business administration from San Diego State University, after having started a website design company with a friend during his sophomore year. He worked in the computer industry for several years during the technology boom of the late 1990s. He says that the September 11 terrorist attacks prompted him to rethink his career plans. The next day, Hunter quit his job and enlisted in the Marine Corps. After completing officer training, Hunter was commissioned as a lieutenant. He was deployed to Iraq in 2003, served in Baghdad after the fall of the city, and in 2004 fought in the battle of Falluja. In 2006, he was promoted to captain and placed on reserve status.

Though he earlier had shown little interest in following his father into politics, he said his experiences on the battlefield led him to reconsider public service. But shortly after announcing his candidacy in March 2007 for his father’s House seat, Hunter was again called to active duty, this time in Afghanistan. Hunter was prohibited from any campaign activities, including fundraising and planning, and held only one event before leaving. In his absence, the management of his nascent campaign fell to his wife, Margaret Hunter. She took over all appearances and campaign duties in addition to caring for their three young children. When Hunter called home from Afghanistan, it was still illegal for him even to inquire how the campaign was going, and he remained largely in the dark about its status until his duty ended in December 2007. He returned home to resume campaigning full-time.

In the June primary, Hunter faced two competitors, Santee Councilman Brian Jones and San Diego Board of Education President Bob Watkins. Although both were well known locally and campaigned actively, Hunter and his family surrogates effectively ran on the basis of his military credentials. Hunter also benefited from his father’s political and congressional connections, raising nearly three times as much as his Republican challengers. Hunter cruised to victory in the June primary with 72% percent of the vote. In the general election, Hunter faced another military veteran, retired Navy SEAL Commander Mike Lumpkin, a former Republican turned Democrat. He agreed with Hunter on many issues, including gun rights and the need for a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border. But national Democrats paid little attention to the contest, and Hunter prevailed, 56%-39%. He had less trouble in 2010 and 2012, winning reelection with 63% and 68% respectively.

Hunter shares many of his father’s political beliefs. He followed in his father’s footsteps with a seat on the Armed Services Committee and cites national security as his top priority. “I can tell you what the guys on the ground, the men and women out there fighting, actually need,” Hunter said. “We have a whole lot of brass out there at the Pentagon and in the DOD (Department of Defense) who haven’t left their offices in six or seven years.”

He has been vocal about the need for more defense spending and has been critical of the Navy’s proposed Littoral Combat Ship, which operates close to shore to defeat submarines and fast surface ships, but has been plagued with schedule delays and cost hikes. In 2012, he said that the Obama administration should consider building fewer littoral combat ships and use the savings to construct more traditional amphibious warships that could be used to support Marine Corps operations. He has called the shortage of amphibious ships “one of the most glaring gaps in the Navy.” Earlier that year, he accused the Army of altering a review of a new intelligence-gathering software program helping troops in Afghanistan track roadside bombs so that the service could continue with its own, more expensive tracking program. And he voted that year to restrict the Pentagon’s ability to purchase alternative fuels, saying the military doesn’t need them. He strongly opposed repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy prohibiting openly gay military personnel, telling National Public Radio that the bond between soldiers “is broken if you open up the military to transgenders, to hermaphrodites, to gays and lesbians.” After the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals declared the 43-foot cross atop San Diego’s Mt. Soledad an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion, he got the House in January 2012 to pass a bill allowing religious symbols on war memorials. It did not move in the Democratically controlled Senate.

Hunter’s other interests include tougher immigration laws and finding ways to halt the outflow of jobs overseas. He drew attention in May 2010 when he declared at a tea party rally that he supported deporting the children of illegal immigrants, even if they are citizens by virtue of being born on U.S. soil. His spokesman later modified the remarks, saying Hunter believes that U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants should stay with their parents unless they have a legal guardian.

Another of his bills called for eliminating 43 education-related programs he deemed “unnecessary” and “wasteful,” including initiatives dealing with teacher and school-leader training, arts, physical education, and mental health. It passed the Education and the Workforce Committee in June 2011 but went no further.

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Duncan D. Hunter Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Hunter (R)
Votes: 174,838
Percent: 67.69%
David Secor (D)
Votes: 83,455
Percent: 32.31%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Hunter (R)
Votes: 76,818
Percent: 67.41%
David Secor (D)
Votes: 19,142
Percent: 16.8%
Connie Frankowiak (D)
Votes: 8,553
Percent: 7.51%
Michael Benoit
Votes: 6,160
Percent: 5.41%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (63%), 2008 (56%)
Duncan D. Hunter 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 16 (L) : 84 (C) 3 (L) : 96 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social 38 (L) : 62 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 14 (L) : 85 (C) 16 (L) : 81 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C)
Composite 22.8 (L) : 77.2 (C) 8.5 (L) : 91.5 (C) 8.3 (L) : 91.7 (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
FRC8083
LCV63
CFG8277
ITIC-67
NTU7878
20112012
COC81-
ACLU-0
ACU92100
ADA100
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: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • 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: 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
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • 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
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