Duncan was the representative for Tennessee’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1988 to 2018.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 2017, the Office of Congressional Ethics recommended further review of allegations against Rep. Duncan, Jr. for converting campaign funds to personal use and accepting contributions from staff while reimbursing them for those contributions from the campaign committee. In 2018, the House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and Duncan's response. In January 2019, the Committee ceased investigating as its jurisdiction ended with the 115th Congress.
|Dec. 19, 2017||Office of Congressional Ethics recommended further review by the House Committee on Ethics|
|Apr. 4, 2018||House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and the member's response.|
|Nov. 6, 2018||Duncan lost the election.|
|Jan. 2, 2019||House Committee on Ethics ceased investigation as jurisdiction ended with 115th Congress|
Read our 2018 Report Card for Duncan.
Duncan is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Duncan sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
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”.
Does 10 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).
Duncan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Transportation and Public Works (23%) Taxation (16%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Agriculture and Food (13%) Health (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Education (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)
Some of Duncan’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 6912 (115th): No Bonuses in Bankruptcy Act of 2018
- H.R. 6879 (115th): Midway Atoll Trust Act
- H.R. 6593 (115th): Medication Automated Quotation System, or MEDAQ, Act of 2018
- H.R. 5488 (115th): Remote Area Medical Charter Act of 2018
- H.R. 5203 (115th): To amend the Agricultural Act of 2014 to require producers to elect …
- H.R. 4719 (115th): To amend title 49, United States Code, to address delays in commercial …
- H.R. 4305 (115th): Harvest Price Subsidy Prohibition Act
From Jan 1989 to Dec 2018, Duncan missed 226 of 19,006 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is better than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills