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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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Duncan Announces $25,000 Grant for Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2017  CONTACT: Don Walker  (865)-523-3772 Congressman Duncan announces $25,000 grant for Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) today announced a $25,000 grant for the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend, Tennessee to maintain and expand its school field trip program to meet increasing demand from schools in the region “I am pleased that this funding will allow the Heritage Center to continue to grow this important program that has provided an educational experience to hundreds of students in East Tennessee”, said Duncan. Bob Patterson the Executive Director for the Heritage Center stated, “This award will allow us to give more students the opportunity to learn more about our region’s history and legacies left behind by those who came before us.” Part of this award will go to hiring a part-time educational assistant to help the Curator of Education, Beth Sutton, lea
Duncan Announces $500,000 Grant for Zoo Knoxville
Duncan Announces $500,000 Grant for Zoo Knoxville   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                                            CONTACT: Don Walker September 22, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (202) 225-5435   WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) today announced a grant for $500,000 for Zoo Knoxville for a new reptile and amphibian center and to improve the educational and interpretive experience for visitors.   “I am pleased that this award will
Congressman Duncan's Statement on H.R. 36
"Yesterday I joined my colleagues in supporting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R.36, sponsored by Congressman Franks.  This bill would protect an unborn child old enough to feel pain from being aborted.  Evidence indicates an unborn baby is able to feel pain at 20 weeks old," said Duncan.   "I wish no one ever had to face an unwanted pregnancy, but I think that most people who oppose abortion want pregnant women to realize that there are other and better options.  I believe children are gifts from God and should be treasured," added Duncan.   Click Here For Full Bill Text       
Congressman Duncan's Statement on the Terrorist Attack in New York
Rep. DUNCAN (R-TN) Statement on Terrorist Attack in New York   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   November 1, 2017    CONTACT: Don Walker   865-523-3772                              WASHINGTON – “The terrorist attack in New York City yesterday that killed eight innocent people and injured 12 others is a terrible tragedy. Officials have said the suspected perpetrator came here in 2010 through the Diversity Visa Lottery program. Apparently, he was influenced by the radical Islamic terrorist organization Islamic State. President Trump has stated that his administration is in the process of terminating the Diversity Visa Lottery program, and is asking Congress to work to get rid of this program. I support the President’s decision and action to end the Diversity Visa Lottery program. We have allowed far too many people into this Country, and we have to do a much better job screening those whom we let in. The American people are some of the kindest, most sympatheti

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