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Biography

Elected: 2008, 3rd term.

Born: December 7, 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.

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.

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.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-5672

(202) 225-0235

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2429
Washington, DC 20515-0550

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-5672

(202) 225-0235

RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2429
Washington, DC 20515-0550

DISTRICT OFFICE

(619) 448-5201

(619) 449-2251

1611 North Magnolia Avenue Suite 310
El Cajon, CA 92020

DISTRICT OFFICE

(619) 448-5201

(619) 449-2251

1611 North Magnolia Avenue Suite 310
El Cajon, CA 92020

DISTRICT OFFICE

(951) 695-5108

41000 Main Street
Temecula, CA 92590

DISTRICT OFFICE

(951) 695-5108

41000 Main Street
Temecula, CA 92590

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 1545
El Cajon, CA 92022-1545

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 1545
El Cajon, CA 92022-1545

Staff

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Abortion

Tim Carlton
Legislative Assistant

Agriculture

Tim Carlton
Legislative Assistant

Animal Rights

Tim Carlton
Legislative Assistant

Appropriations

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

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(202) 225-5672

Peter Davidson
Military Legislative Assistant

Banking

Tim Carlton
Legislative Assistant

Budget

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

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Commerce

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

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Crime

Cassie Roper
Legislative Correspondent

Education

Tim Carlton
Legislative Assistant

Energy

Tim Carlton
Legislative Assistant

Environment

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

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(202) 225-5672

Tim Carlton
Legislative Assistant

Finance

Tim Carlton
Legislative Assistant

Foreign

Peter Davidson
Military Legislative Assistant

Govt Ops

Tim Carlton
Legislative Assistant

Cassie Roper
Legislative Correspondent

Grants

Liz Argo
Office Manager; Intern Coordinator

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Ronda Rayzor
Office Manager; Intern Coordinator

Gun Issues

Peter Davidson
Military Legislative Assistant

Health

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

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(202) 225-5672

Homeland Security

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

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(202) 225-5672

Housing

Tim Carlton
Legislative Assistant

Immigration

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

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(202) 225-5672

Holly Hough
Senior Caseworker

Intelligence

Peter Davidson
Military Legislative Assistant

Judiciary

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

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(202) 225-5672

Medicare

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

reed.linsk@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5672

Military

Joseph Davilla
Marine Corps Fellow

Peter Davidson
Military Legislative Assistant

National Security

Peter Davidson
Military Legislative Assistant

Native Americans

Michael Harrison
Deputy District Director

Privacy

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

reed.linsk@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5672

Rules

Tim Carlton
Legislative Assistant

Science

Peter Davidson
Military Legislative Assistant

Small Business

Tim Carlton
Legislative Assistant

Social Security

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

reed.linsk@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5672

Tax

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

reed.linsk@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5672

Technology

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

reed.linsk@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5672

Peter Davidson
Military Legislative Assistant

Telecommunications

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

reed.linsk@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5672

Trade

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

reed.linsk@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5672

Transportation

Reed Linsk
Legislative Director

reed.linsk@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-5672

Veterans

Joseph Davilla
Marine Corps Fellow

Peter Davidson
Military Legislative Assistant

Welfare

Tim Carlton
Legislative Assistant

Women

Holly Hough
Senior Caseworker

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Duncan D. Hunter
Votes: 174,838
Percent: 67.69%
David Secor
Votes: 83,455
Percent: 32.31%
2012 PRIMARY
Duncan D. Hunter
Votes: 76,818
Percent: 67.41%
David Secor
Votes: 19,142
Percent: 16.8%
Connie Frankowiak
Votes: 8,553
Percent: 7.51%
Michael Benoit
Votes: 6,160
Percent: 5.41%
2010 GENERAL
Duncan D. Hunter
Votes: 139,460
Percent: 63.09%
Ray Lutz
Votes: 70,870
Percent: 32.06%
2010 PRIMARY
Duncan D. Hunter
Votes: 72,506
Percent: 90.79%
Terri Linnell
Votes: 7,355
Percent: 9.21%
2008 GENERAL
Duncan D. Hunter
Votes: 160,724
Percent: 56.37%
Mike Lumpkin
Votes: 111,051
Percent: 38.95%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 95,378
Percent: 85.97%
Ron Paul
Votes: 15,561
Percent: 14.03%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 42,788
Percent: 70.19%
Ron Paul
Votes: 10,072
Percent: 16.52%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 4,328
Percent: 7.1%
2008 PRIMARY
Duncan D. Hunter
Votes: 47,930
Percent: 72.18%
Brian Jones
Votes: 10,862
Percent: 16.36%
Bob Watkins
Votes: 5,539
Percent: 8.34%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 142,918
Percent: 72.26%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 16,388
Percent: 8.29%
Ron Paul
Votes: 13,427
Percent: 6.79%
Uncommitted
Votes: 10,755
Percent: 5.44%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 285,881
Percent: 80.88%
Ron Paul
Votes: 51,100
Percent: 14.46%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 118,876
Percent: 86.99%
Ron Paul
Votes: 17,772
Percent: 13.01%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 90,469
Percent: 76.0%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 12,310
Percent: 10.34%
Ron Paul
Votes: 5,969
Percent: 5.01%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 320,318
Percent: 77.62%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 41,173
Percent: 9.98%
Ron Paul
Votes: 31,612
Percent: 7.66%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 383,085
Percent: 74.01%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 63,018
Percent: 12.18%
Ron Paul
Votes: 37,260
Percent: 7.2%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 595,175
Percent: 72.86%
Ron Paul
Votes: 129,323
Percent: 15.83%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 92,430
Percent: 11.31%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 113,074
Percent: 78.91%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 17,943
Percent: 12.52%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 656,687
Percent: 59.92%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 335,356
Percent: 30.6%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 17,480
Percent: 64.18%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 5,847
Percent: 21.47%
Ron Paul
Votes: 1,777
Percent: 6.52%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 697,767
Percent: 51.22%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 518,002
Percent: 38.02%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 28,417
Percent: 71.32%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 5,698
Percent: 14.3%
Ron Paul
Votes: 2,635
Percent: 6.61%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 262,304
Percent: 49.5%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 127,657
Percent: 24.09%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 86,140
Percent: 16.25%
Ron Paul
Votes: 40,539
Percent: 7.65%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 224,755
Percent: 54.74%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 151,707
Percent: 36.95%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 4,198
Percent: 67.59%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 1,020
Percent: 16.42%
Ron Paul
Votes: 494
Percent: 7.95%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 398
Percent: 6.41%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 176,046
Percent: 54.77%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 91,608
Percent: 28.5%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 22,426
Percent: 6.98%
Ron Paul
Votes: 19,196
Percent: 5.97%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 244,829
Percent: 50.04%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 199,003
Percent: 40.67%
2008 PRIMARY
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 11,627
Percent: 59.58%
John McCain
Votes: 4,587
Percent: 23.5%
Ron Paul
Votes: 2,182
Percent: 11.18%
2008 PRIMARY
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 69,594
Percent: 43.18%
John McCain
Votes: 67,551
Percent: 41.91%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 10,222
Percent: 6.34%
Ron Paul
Votes: 8,590
Percent: 5.33%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 1,238,988
Percent: 42.25%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 1,013,471
Percent: 34.56%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 340,669
Percent: 11.62%
2008 PRIMARY
Mitt Romney
Votes: 33,288
Percent: 59.61%
John McCain
Votes: 10,621
Percent: 19.02%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 7,266
Percent: 13.01%
Ron Paul
Votes: 4,670
Percent: 8.36%
2008 PRIMARY
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 227,766
Percent: 41.25%
John McCain
Votes: 204,867
Percent: 37.1%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 98,019
Percent: 17.75%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 255,197
Percent: 47.1%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 186,838
Percent: 34.49%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 48,849
Percent: 9.02%
2008 PRIMARY
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 138,557
Percent: 60.46%
John McCain
Votes: 46,343
Percent: 20.22%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 30,997
Percent: 13.53%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 78,836
Percent: 52.0%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 49,891
Percent: 32.91%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 10,607
Percent: 7.0%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 22,626
Percent: 45.04%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 16,344
Percent: 32.53%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 7,706
Percent: 15.34%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 426,777
Percent: 47.45%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 257,265
Percent: 28.6%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 148,053
Percent: 16.46%
Ron Paul
Votes: 45,055
Percent: 5.01%
2008 PRIMARY
Mitt Romney
Votes: 255,892
Percent: 51.12%
John McCain
Votes: 204,779
Percent: 40.91%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 194,053
Percent: 32.91%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 185,642
Percent: 31.49%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 172,329
Percent: 29.23%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 122,772
Percent: 36.64%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 111,899
Percent: 33.4%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 83,030
Percent: 24.78%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 313,459
Percent: 55.36%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 160,388
Percent: 28.33%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 46,284
Percent: 8.17%
2008 PRIMARY
Mitt Romney
Votes: 264,956
Percent: 89.49%
John McCain
Votes: 15,931
Percent: 5.38%
2008 PRIMARY
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 326,874
Percent: 33.92%
John McCain
Votes: 304,751
Percent: 31.63%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 290,707
Percent: 30.17%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 333,001
Percent: 49.7%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 178,043
Percent: 26.57%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 68,477
Percent: 10.22%
Ron Paul
Votes: 40,113
Percent: 5.99%
2008 PRIMARY
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 190,904
Percent: 34.47%
John McCain
Votes: 176,091
Percent: 31.8%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 130,632
Percent: 23.59%
Ron Paul
Votes: 31,026
Percent: 5.6%
2008 PRIMARY
Alan Keyes
Unopposed
Mitt Romney
Votes: 2,826
Percent: 52.03%
John McCain
Votes: 1,144
Percent: 21.06%
Ron Paul
Votes: 997
Percent: 18.36%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 312
Percent: 5.74%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 701,761
Percent: 36.0%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 604,932
Percent: 31.03%
Rudy Giuliani
Votes: 286,089
Percent: 14.68%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 262,681
Percent: 13.47%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 147,686
Percent: 33.15%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 132,943
Percent: 29.84%
Fred Thompson
Votes: 69,651
Percent: 15.63%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 68,142
Percent: 15.3%
2008 PRIMARY
Mitt Romney
Votes: 338,316
Percent: 38.92%
John McCain
Votes: 257,985
Percent: 29.68%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 139,764
Percent: 16.08%
Ron Paul
Votes: 54,475
Percent: 6.27%
2008 PRIMARY
John McCain
Votes: 88,713
Percent: 37.0%
Mitt Romney
Votes: 75,675
Percent: 31.56%
Mike Huckabee
Votes: 26,916
Percent: 11.22%
Rudy Giuliani
Votes: 20,344
Percent: 8.48%
Ron Paul
Votes: 18,346
Percent: 7.65%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (63%), 2008 (56%)

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