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Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: January 7, 1966, Greenville, SC

Home: Laurens, SC

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.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Baptist

Family: Married (Melody Ann Hodges) , 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.

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.”

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-5301

(202) 225-3216

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 106
Washington, DC 20515-4003

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-5301

(202) 225-3216

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 106
Washington, DC 20515-4003

DISTRICT OFFICE

(864) 224-7401

(864) 225-7049

303 West Beltline Boulevard
Anderson, SC 29625-1505

DISTRICT OFFICE

(864) 224-7401

(864) 225-7049

303 West Beltline Boulevard
Anderson, SC 29625-1505

DISTRICT OFFICE

(864) 681-1028

(864) 681-1030

200 Courthouse Public Square PO Box 471
Laurens, SC 29360

DISTRICT OFFICE

(864) 681-1028

(864) 681-1030

200 Courthouse Public Square PO Box 471
Laurens, SC 29360

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 845
Laurens, SC 29360-0845

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(864) 915-4059

PO Box 845
Laurens, SC 29360-0845

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Staff

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Aerospace

Allen Klump
Deputy Chief of Staff; Communications Director

Agriculture

David Jackson
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant

Appropriations

David Jackson
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant

Budget

Addie Patterson
Legislative Correspondent

Campaign

David Jackson
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant

Disability

Tosha Hart
Caseworker

tosha.hart@mail.house.gov
(864) 681-1028

Energy

David Jackson
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant

Environment

David Jackson
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant

Finance

David Jackson
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant

Govt Ops

David Jackson
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant

Grants

Robin Huff
Caseworker; Grants Coordinator

robin.huff@mail.house.gov
(864) 681-1028

Health

Addie Patterson
Legislative Correspondent

Homeland Security

Hilary Ranieri
Legislative Assistant

Immigration

Hilary Ranieri
Legislative Assistant

Intelligence

Hilary Ranieri
Legislative Assistant

Judiciary

David Jackson
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant

Medicare

Tosha Hart
Caseworker

tosha.hart@mail.house.gov
(864) 681-1028

Military

Hilary Ranieri
Legislative Assistant

Privacy

David Jackson
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant

Seniors

David Jackson
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant

Social Security

David Jackson
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant

Tosha Hart
Caseworker

tosha.hart@mail.house.gov
(864) 681-1028

Telecommunications

Addie Patterson
Legislative Correspondent

Trade

Hilary Ranieri
Legislative Assistant

Transportation

David Jackson
Legislative Assistant; Press Assistant

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Jeff Duncan
Votes: 169,512
Percent: 66.67%
Brian Doyle
Votes: 84,735
Percent: 33.33%
2012 PRIMARY
Jeff Duncan
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Jeff Duncan
Votes: 126,235
Percent: 62.46%
Jane Dyer
Votes: 73,095
Percent: 36.17%
2010 RUNOFF
Jeff Duncan
Votes: 37,352
Percent: 51.49%
Richard Cash
Votes: 35,185
Percent: 48.51%
2010 PRIMARY
Richard Cash
Votes: 20,923
Percent: 25.35%
Jeff Duncan
Votes: 19,051
Percent: 23.08%
Rex Rice
Votes: 16,071
Percent: 19.47%
Joe Grimaud
Votes: 15,503
Percent: 18.78%
Neal Collins
Votes: 6,787
Percent: 8.22%
Frank Vasovski
Votes: 4,216
Percent: 5.11%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (62%)

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