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ENG: John James "Jimmy" Duncan, Jr. (born July 21, 1947) is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 2nd congressional district, serving since 1988. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district is based in Knoxville. Early life, education, and legal career Duncan was born in Lebanon, Tennessee. His "paternal grandparents were small farmers in Scott County, which in 1861 left Tennessee, refusing to follow the Volunteer State into the Confederacy, and declared itself 'the Free and Independent state of Scott.'" Duncan's father, John Duncan, Sr. "hitchhiked into Knoxville with five dollars in his pocket,' and after an education at the University of Tennessee was elected mayor of Knoxville and then congressman." The elder Duncan was also a co-owner of the Knoxville Smokies of the ...
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Duncan Praises Release from Education Law


Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) applauded the U.S. Department of Education Friday for releasing Tennessee from the No Child Left Behind law, saying the move will free East Tennessee teachers from an unnecessary, burdensome, and ineffective federal mandate. “This law was a tremendous over-reach by the federal government to address failed school systems in some of our Nation’s biggest cities, and it was definitely not needed in the schools of East Tennessee,” Duncan said.The Department of Education granted Tennessee and nine other states a waiver from the education ...


Duncan's trove includes White House souvenirs


John J. "Jimmy" Duncan Jr. looks to the past as he works on the country's future whether he's at home in Farragut or in his Knoxville or Washington, D.C., congressional offices. The past is reflected in political memorabilia collected during a lifetime, including 23½ years in the U.S. House, and items that belonged to his dad, John Duncan Sr., the late Knoxville mayor and congressman. Books make up a lot of the collection, written by fellow Republicans, Democrats and others. Duncan, 64, has a reputation as a voracious reader and he can tell stories about and from the books. He also ...


Knox County commissioner says Duncan warned him about son


Knox County Commissioner R. Larry Smith claims Tennessee Congressman John Duncan, Jr. gave him a verbal warning following controversy about bonuses in the county trustee's office run by Duncan's son. Trustee John Duncan III paid himself and his employees for continuing education classes. Most of it was connected to the University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance Services (CTAS) program. Commissioner Larry Smith has been vocal about wantingDuncan to pay back the tens of thousands in bonusesfor the educational course they have yet to receive certification for. "It was last week he ...


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Health Care Options Act Introduced in the House
Health Care Options Act Introduced in the House April 5, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    CONTACT: Don Walker  (202) 225-5435   Today, Congressman John J. Duncan Jr. introduced with Rep. Phil Roe, MD., the Health Care Options Act of 2017.  Duncan and Roe were joined by Tennessee colleagues Reps. DesJarlais, Kustoff, Fleischmann, Blackburn and Black.  The Senate companion Health Care Options Act of 2017 was introduced late last week by Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. “When Obamacare fails in Knoxville as predicted by CNN yesterday, this bill will help affected Tennesseans buy any insurance plan approved by the state and will prevent them from being assessed the Obamacare individual mandate penalty for not purchasing insurance,” said Rep. Duncan. “In the 1st Congressional District, next year there will be four counties with zero options for health insurance. That’s why doing nothing on health care is not an option. With so many insurers pulling out of exchanges,
Foothills Parkway Construction Milestone to Begin
                                          Foothills Parkway Construction Milestone to Begin   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 CONTACT: Don Walker- 202.225.5435 April 20, 2017   Today the National Park Service hosted a ceremony commemorating the final construction phase of the Foothills Parkway from Walland to Wear’s Valley that has been almost three decades in the making.   “I am looking forward to seeing the hard work of everyone involved in this project come to life as finishing touches are put in to place that will help showcase the beauty of our region to locals and visitors alike,” Congressman Duncan said.   In April 2016, Congressman Duncan personally wrote a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to express support for the NPS’ application for a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Grant that would help meet the budget requirements for this phase.   S
Congressman Duncan's Statement on Syria
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 7, 2017 CONTACT: DON WALKER (202) 225-5435   “While I do not think we should become entangled in another ground war in the Middle-East, this measured response was appropriate to send the message that the United States will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons to murder innocent civilians, especially children.     I do not think the President had much of a choice after we saw photos of children brutally killed by chemical weapons.   I am confident that President Trump will not allow us to become bogged down in a multi-year, trillion dollar war in the Middle-East.”
Bipartisan Bill Seeks Bond Expansion for Water Projects
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            CONTACT: Don Walker June 22, 2017                                                                                                       (202) 225-5435   Bipartisan Bill Seeks Bond Expansion for Water Projects Move would allow local governments to fund critical infrastructure   WASHINGTON – Congressmen John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) introduced legislation Thursday that would allow local governments to more easily access private funds for water infrastructure projects. The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2017 removes water and wastewater infrastructure projects from the Private Activity Bond (PAB) volume cap. PABs are a form of financing that allow state and municipal governments to issue tax-e



 
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