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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee


When I tell college students today that during my first year at the University of Tennessee tuition was $90 a quarter, gasps go through the room. 

Students used to be able to work part time and pay their way through college, and it should still be that way today.  Almost no one left college in debt in the1960’s and early 1970’s, but today almost everyone does.

If I went to any college campus and told those students that the Federal Student Loan Program is one of the worst things that ever happened to them, they would stare at me probably in disbelief. And yet it really is one of the worst things that ever happened to them, because throughout our history, college tuition and fees went up very, very slowly, and went up at the rate of inflation or even less until that loan program came in.

Now, tuition and fees are three or four or five-hundred percent higher than they would have been if we'd just left the thing totally alone.

The only way to get college costs down is to reduce federal loans at colleges and universities that do not hold their increases to the rate of inflation or less.

No Child Left Behind

In 2001, I was the only Member of the Tennessee Congressional delegation to vote against the No Child Left Behind law.  It has turned out to be one of my most popular votes, especially with Tennessee teachers. 

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.

More on Education

September 22, 2017 Press Release

Duncan Announces $500,000 Grant for Zoo Knoxville


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September 20, 2017 Press Release

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Congressman Duncan announces $25,000 grant for Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

September 23, 2016 In The News
Congressman John J. Duncan Jr. is quoted in an exploration of Vol Nation and SEC football...
September 20, 2016 Press Release


Duncan Calls for AED Devices in Schools

September 20, 2016    (202) 225-5435

WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation today in the House that would encourage every state in the Country to require Automated External Defibrillators at all schools to aid students suffering cardiac arrests.

December 4, 2015 In The News
U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, who appeared on Fox News on Thursday, told the News Sentinel that the post with the heading “Best Practices for Inclusive Holiday Celebrations in the Workplace” on UT’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion’s website “extremist,” “ridiculously overboard” and an example of political correctness run amok.
December 4, 2015 In The News
The University of Tennessee has warned students that their holiday parties should not be Christmas parties in disguise. Rep. John Duncan, a graduate of UT Knoxville, sounded off on his alma mater.
December 3, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In an interview with Fox News Thursday, U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) blasted the University of Tennessee’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion for issuing rules on holiday parties, calling the memo “ridiculous.”

December 2, 2015 Speeches

WASHINGTON-- Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. delivered the following remarks on the floor of the House Wednesday in support of a major education reform bill:

Mr. Speaker:

In 2001, I was one of just 45 members of the House who voted against the No Child Left Behind federal education law.

June 3, 2015 Speeches

Mr. Speaker, costs simply explode on anything that the Federal Government subsidizes because there are simply not the same incentives or pressures to hold down costs as there are in the private sector.

Over the last several weeks, many thousands of young people have graduated from our colleges and universities burdened with sizable student loan debts.

May 7, 2015 In The News
Students today think the federal student loan program is one of the best things that ever happened to them. Actually, it is one of the worst.