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Rep. Duncan Hunter

Representative for California’s 50th District

pronounced DUN-kun // HUN-ter

Hunter is the representative for California’s 50th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Hunter is next up for reelection in 2020.

He was previously the representative for California’s 52nd congressional district as a Republican from 2009 to 2012.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2016 Hunter was investigated for converting funds from his congressional campaign committee for personal use. The House Committee on Ethics deferred to the Department of Justice. In Aug. 2018, Hunter was indicted on charges of converting campaign funds to personal use. In Sept. 2018, the House Ethics Committee deferred further investigation to the Department of Justice.

Aug. 31, 2016 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegations
Mar. 23, 2017 House Committee on Ethics deferred to the Department of Justice
Mar. 23, 2018 House Committee on Ethics deferred to the Department of Justice
Aug. 21, 2018 Federal Bureau of Investigations indicted Hunter and his wife for converting campaign funds to personal use.
Sep. 6, 2018 House Committee on Ethics established an Investigative Subcommittee and simultaneously deferred further investigation to the Department of Justice
Photo of Rep. Duncan Hunter [R-CA50]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Hunter.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Hunter is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Hunter has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Apr 22, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Enacted Legislation

Hunter was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Hunter sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (30%) Armed Forces and National Security (19%) International Affairs (13%) Education (13%) Environmental Protection (8%) Private Legislation (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%) Immigration (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Hunter’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Hunter’s Vote Vote Description
Nay S. 1023: Tropical Forest Conservation Reauthorization Act of 2018
Dec 21, 2018. Passed 332/43.
Nay S. 2322: CURD Act
Dec 20, 2018. Failed 230/162.
Yea H.R. 6157: Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019
Sep 26, 2018. Passed 361/61.
H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion for the Department of Defense base budget, which is an increase of $17.1 billion above FY18 levels, and $68.1 billion ...
Nay H.Res. 599: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to United States policy towards Yemen, and for other purposes.
Nov 13, 2017. Passed 366/30.
Yea H.R. 1039: Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017
May 19, 2017. Passed 229/177.
H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe that person forcibly assaulted or obstructed a probation officer while performing their official duties. The bill also would direct the ...
Aye H.J.Res. 43: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating ...
Feb 16, 2017. Passed 230/188.
Joe Biden never got the opportunity to break a single 50-50 Senate tie in eight years as vice president. Mike Pence has already broken two. One from last month has since become law: a measure allowing states to withhold federal Planned Parenthood funding. (The other ...
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Nay H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
Feb 27, 2015. Failed 203/224.
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
No H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant legislative change to the U.S. patent system since the ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Apr 2019, Hunter missed 169 of 7,167 roll call votes, which is 2.4%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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