Duncan, a Republican, is the representative for Tennessee's 2nd congressional district (view map) and has served since Nov 8, 1988. Duncan is next up for reelection in 2018.
Read our 2016 Report Card for Duncan.
Duncan 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 Duncan has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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John “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. sits on the following committees:
- Vice Chair, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Duncan was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 3769 (108th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 137 East Young High Pike in Knoxville, Tennessee, as the “Ben Atchley Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 2843 (105th): Aviation Medical Assistance Act of 1998
- H.R. 2626 (105th): To make clarifications to the Pilot Records Improvement Act of 1996, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 716 (105th): Freedom From Government Competition Act of 1997
- H.R. 2547 (104th): To designate the United States courthouse located at 800 Market Street in Knoxville, Tennessee, as the “Howard H. Baker, Jr. United States Courthouse”.
- H.R. 27 (104th): Legislative Line Item Veto Act of 1995
- H.J.Res. 205 (103rd): Designating the week beginning October 31, 1993, as “National Health Information Management Week”.
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 about one third or more 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).
Duncan sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (23%) Transportation and Public Works (19%) Taxation (16%) Agriculture and Food (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Economics and Public Finance (6%) Health (6%) Education (6%)
Some of Duncan’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4305: Harvest Price Subsidy Prohibition Act
- H.R. 3698: To amend the Federal Crop Insurance Act to limit the overall rate of ...
- H.R. 3469: To designate the bridge located in Blount County, Tennessee, on the Foothills Parkway ...
- H.R. 3365: Stop Waste in Government Contracting Act of 2017
- H.R. 3009: Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2017
- H.R. 2016: CPI for Seniors Act of 2017
- H.R. 1933: Health Care Options Act of 2017
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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 ...
S. 612: A bill to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 1300 Victoria Street in Laredo, Texas, as the “George P. Kazen Federal Building ...
Dec 8, 2016. Passed 360/61.
H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
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. ...
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 ...
H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
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 change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
From Jan 1989 to Nov 2017, Duncan missed 210 of 18,433 roll call votes, which is 1.1%. This is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 12 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills