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Rep. Duncan Hunter

Former Representative for California’s 50th District

pronounced DUN-kun // HUN-ter


Hunter was the representative for California’s 50th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2013 to 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 August 2018, Hunter was indicted. In May 2019, the Committee reauthorized an Investigative Subcommittee for the 116th Congress and simultaneously deferred further investigation to the Department of Justice. In June 2019, Hunter's wife pleaded guilty and said that she and Hunter misused over $200,000 in campaign funds for personal purposes. In December 2019, Hunter pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to misuse campaign funds. The House Committee on Ethics released the findings of the Office of Congressional Ethics and resumed its investigation. Hunter has yet to announce whether he will resign from Congress.

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
Nov. 6, 2018 Hunter was reelected.
May. 3, 2019 House Committee on Ethics reauthorized for the Investigative Subcommittee for the 116th Congress and simultaneously deferred further investigation to the Department of Justice
Jun. 13, 2019 Hunter's wife changed her plea to guilty and said that she and Hunter misused over $200,000 in campaign funds for personal purposes.
Dec. 3, 2019 Hunter pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to misuse campaign funds.
Dec. 9, 2019 House Committee on Ethics resumed its investigation as the Department of Justice has completed its work and released the findings of the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Photo of Rep. Duncan Hunter [R-CA50, 2013-2020]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 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 Feb 21, 2020. 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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Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (30%) Armed Forces and National Security (19%) Education (13%) International Affairs (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 voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

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. ...

Hunter voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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 ...

Hunter voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Hunter voted Aye

Hunter voted No

Passed 269/161 on Aug 1, 2011.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 (Pub.L. 112–25, S. 365, 125 Stat. 240, enacted August 2, 2011) is a federal statute enacted by the 112th ...

Hunter voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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 ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2009 to Jan 2020, Hunter missed 244 of 7,716 roll call votes, which is 3.2%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2020. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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