Duncan D. Hunter currently represents California’s 50th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, consisting mainly of East San Diego County, North San Diego County, and the city of Temecula in Riverside County.
Duncan is a native of San Diego, graduating from Granite Hills High School in El Cajon before going on to San Diego State University, where he earned a degree in Business Administration. Soon after graduation, Duncan began working full time as a Business Analyst, utilizing his degree and his experience creating websites and programming databases, while a student at San Diego State University.
For Duncan, like millions of other Americans, everything changed when the nation was attacked on September 11, 2001. In the weeks that followed, Duncan quit his job and joined the Marine Corps. Between 2002 and 2006, he served two combat tours in Iraq, before making the decision to run for Congress, where he saw an opportunity to continue serving the country.
Only a few weeks after declaring his candidacy, Duncan was re-called to active duty and deployed to Afghanistan. Though unable to campaign in any way while serving on the front lines, he carried out his campaign through his wife and family as they reached out to the voters on his behalf, until his return in late November of 2007.
In November 2008, Duncan was elected to his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Now joined in Congress by a growing list of distinguished military veterans, he remains the first and only Member of Congress to serve in a direct combat role in both Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marine Corps.
Duncan and his wife Margaret reside in Alpine, California. They are proud parents of Duncan, Elizabeth and Sarah.
Duncan is a strong conservative whose priorities include a strong national defense; enhanced border security, fiscal accountability and transparency, and protecting taxpayer interests. He currently serves as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, as well as a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He also serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.