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ENG: Duncan Duane Hunter (born December 7, 1976) is a member of the United States House of Representatives. Effective January 2013 he represents California's 50th congressional district. He has served in Congress since 2009, previously representing the California's 52nd congressional district, where he was preceded in office by his father Duncan Hunter. As a result of redistricting, Hunter switched to the neighboring 50th district at the start of the 113th Congress in 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party. Hunter's district covers almost all of San Diego County except for the coastal and border areas. It includes Fallbrook, San Marcos, Valley Center, Escondido, Santee, Lakeside, and mountain and desert areas stretching to the Imperial County line.

Hunter is a former United States Marine Corps officer and a veteran of both the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan. He is one of seven members of the U.S. Congress who have served in either Iraq or Afghanistan and was the first combat veteran of either conflict to serve in the Congress.

 

Personal life, education, and business career

Hunter was born in San Diego, California, and graduated from Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, California. He attended San Diego State University, where he earned a degree in Business Administration. Hunter started a web design company in college to help pay for tuition. Upon graduation from San Diego State, he worked full-time in San Diego as an information technology business analyst.

Hunter, his wife Margaret, and their three children have lived in Lakeside, California since 2007; he has previously lived in Oklahoma, Virginia and Idaho.

 

U.S. House of Representatives - Elections - 2008

Hunter ran for his father's seat and won the Republican primary with 72% of the vote in a four candidate field. In the general election, Hunter defeated Democratic nominee Mike Lumpkin, an Iraq War veteran, 56%-39%. Hunter thus replaced his father, Congressman Duncan L. Hunter (R-Calif.), who retired from Congress after fourteen terms.

 

2010

He won re-election to a second term with 63% of the vote.

 

2012

After redistricting, Duncan has decided to run in the newly redrawn California's 50th congressional district.

 

Tenure

Like his father, Hunter's voting record has been decidedly conservative. In a 2009 interview with KPBS, Hunter expressed support for "overriding" the Endangered Species Act to reduce unemployment in California. Hunter also opposed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, saying that it would "take away" the doctor-patient relationship, the right for people to choose "what type of operations they have," and that it would allow a "government bureaucrat" to make health care decisions for people. In the KPBS interview, Hunter said, "Things that you have problems with now would be exacerbated if you had government run healthcare."

At an April 2010 Tea Party movement rally in Ramona, California, Hunter advocated for the deportation of United States citizens who are the children of illegal immigrants. At the rally, Hunter said, "It's a complex issue and...you could look and say, 'You're a mean guy. That's a mean thing to do. That's not a humanitarian thing to do.' " Hunter added, "We simply cannot afford what we're doing right now. We just can't afford it. California's going under." Hunter confirmed the comments to San Diego County's North County Times, telling the newspaper that he also supported House Resolution 1868, a measure that called for the elimination of birthright citizenship in the United States. Hunter has also expressed support for the controversial 2010 Arizona immigration law, calling it a national security issue and "a fantastic starting point."

Hunter opposed the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and advocated for delaying the repeal after it was ratified by President Barack Obama. In 2011, Hunter introduced legislation to require that all "four military service chiefs certify that the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell won't negatively affect their combat units." Like his father was, Hunter is a member of the Republican Study Committee.

In 2011, Hunter voted for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 as part of a controversial provision that allows the government and the military to indefinitely detain American citizens and others without trial.

Columnist Dan Murtaugh of the Press-Register has suggested that Hunter's 2011 call to rebid the Littoral combat ship program is an attempt to get federal funds for a shipyard in his district. Hunter returned to the LCS program in 2012, with a call to reduce LCS builds in favor of amphibious ships because he had read a report that the Marines had leased a ferry with simiular characteristics to the LCS and JHSV.

In a 2012 visit to Afghanistan, Hunter found that, in spite of his earlier skepticism, Obama's strategy of putting the Afghanistan army in charge of defending their own country was working.

 

Military career

The day after the September 11 attacks, Hunter quit his job and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He attended Officer Candidates School at Marine Corps Base Quantico. Upon graduation in March 2002, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He subsequently served as a field artillery officer in the 1st Marine Division after the 2003 invasion of Iraq and completed a second tour in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004, serving in Battery A, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines. During his second tour, he participated in Operation Vigilant Resolve. In September 2005, Hunter was honorably discharged from active duty but remained in the Marine Corps Reserve. He then started a residential development company. In 2007, he was recalled to active duty and deployed to Afghanistan in support of the War in Afghanistan; this was his third tour of duty during the War on Terrorism. Hunter. was honorably discharged from active duty in December 2007 but continues to serve part-time as a Captain in the Marine Corps Reserve.

 

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January 15, 2012

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