Duncan was the representative for Tennessee’s 2nd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1965 to 1988.
Duncan is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1988 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 sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1983 to Oct 22, 1988. See full analysis methodology.
Duncan was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 4263 (98th): Tennessee Wilderness Act of 1984
- H.R. 5079 (96th): A bill to provide for participation of the United States in the International Energy Exposition to be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1982, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 13167 (95th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to ensure that the deduction for contributions to a black lung benefit trust be allowed for any ...
- H.R. 7228 (94th): An Act to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 to permit the authorization of means other than stamp on containers of distilled spirits as evidence of ...
- H.R. 13501 (94th): A bill to extend or remove certain time limitations and make other administrative improvements in the medicare program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act.
- H.R. 11353 (93rd): A bill to provide a 7-percent increase in social security benefits beginning with March 1974 and an additional 4-percent increase beginning with June 1974, to provide increases ...
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).
Duncan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (29%) Private Legislation (15%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (14%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Social Welfare (10%) Labor and Employment (9%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)
Some of Duncan’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4790 (100th): College Savings Bond Act of 1988
- H.R. 4778 (100th): A bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to repair and ...
- H.R. 4736 (100th): A bill for the relief of Maria Antonieta Heird.
- H.R. 4196 (100th): A bill to provide a military survivor annuity for widows of certain ...
- H.R. 4082 (100th): A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide ...
- H.R. 3323 (100th): A bill to provide that certain disclaimers shall not be treated as ...
- H.R. 3027 (100th): A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to pay all minimum ...
From Jan 1965 to Jun 1988, Duncan missed 374 of 10,414 roll call votes, which is 3.6%. This is better than the median of 5.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jun 1988. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills