United States Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr., was born July 21, 1947, in Lebanon, Tennessee. After being raised in Knoxville and attending the area's public schools, he earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Tennessee in 1969. Congressman Duncan then attended the George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he earned a law degree in 1973.
In addition to his academic training, Congressman Duncan served in the United States Army National Guard and the Army Reserve. Entering the service as an enlisted man in 1970, Congressman Duncan rose to the rank of Captain before completing his service in 1987.
In 1973, Congressman Duncan established a private law practice in Knoxville with Zane Daniel. He was appointed State Trial Judge by Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander in 1981 and served in that capacity until 1988, when he was elected to Congress.
Congressman Duncan currently serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Congressman Duncan's efforts to cut government waste, reduce taxes, and limit bureaucratic red tape have been recognized by various organizations and national news media such as FOX News, ABC News, CBS News, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, U.S. News and World Report, and others. He was named the most fiscally conservative Member of the U.S. House by the National Taxpayers Union in 2011 and is one of the few Members of Congress to receive the Citizens Against Government Waste Super Hero Award.
In addition to his Washington office, Congressman Duncan maintains offices in Knoxville and Maryville. He has established a reputation for providing extensive constituent services and staying in touch with residents of the Second District by attending hundreds of public events and holding countless constituent meetings. Although Congressman Duncan spends more time in East Tennessee than in Washington, he maintains one of the best attendance records in the entire Congress.
Congressman Duncan lives in Knoxville and is an Elder at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. He is married to the former Lynn Hawkins of Sewanee, Tennessee. They have four children (Tara, Whitney, John, and Zane) as well as six grandchildren.