US Rep. Duncan says he won’t run for re-election next year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican U.S. Rep. John Duncan of Tennessee says he won’t run for re-election next year because he wants to spend more time with his family.

Duncan said in a statement Monday that he had thought of retiring before the 2016 election, but decided to run again in Tennessee’s 2nd District at the urging of his supporters.

The 70-year-old Duncan was first elected to Congress in a 1988 special election to replace his father, John Duncan Sr., who had cancer and died in June of that year.

A lawyer, Rep. Duncan was a state judge before entering Congress. He serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Duncan said he has fought for fiscal conservatism, smaller government and “a more humble foreign policy that puts America first.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 31, 2017 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the retirement of U.S. Representative John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.):
“I am proud that Jimmy Duncan has served Tennessee’s 2nd district and been my congressman for nearly three decades – and has been recognized as the most conservative member of the House for about that long. No one has done a better job of staying in touch with his constituents than Jimmy has. He has dedicated his life to service – both in Congress and as a member of the Army National Guard – and Honey and I thank Jimmy and Lynn and their family for their dedication to our state.”
Congressman Duncan was Alexander’s campaign chairman when he ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after U.S. Representative John J. Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) announced he will not seek re-election in 2018.

“My friend Jimmy Duncan has represented the people of the 2nd District well for more than three decades in Congress,” said Corker. “I appreciate his no-nonsense, principled approach to public service and will sincerely miss his leadership and voice as a member of our delegation. I wish him, his wife, Lynn, and their family all the best as they prepare to enter this next chapter of their lives.”

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