John J Duncan Jr

Psychologist to Challenge John Duncan in Tennessee
Dr. Joshua Williams cites fear and anxiety about health care as a reason for running

Dr. Joshua Duncan said his challenge to incumbent Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. isn’t personal. (Joshua Williams for Congress via Facebook)

Trey Gowdy’s Path to Oversight Gavel Gets Smoother
Steering Committee will pick next Oversight chairman after break

Rep. Trey Gowdy wants the chairmanship of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and after Rep. Jason Chaffetz leaves Congress, he has a good chance to get it. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Trey Gowdy’s bid to be the next chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee keeps getting easier as a key potential rival says he won’t run and predicted the South Carolina Republican is likely to wield the gavel, even as the deadline to make a bid draws near.

Any serious bid to challenge Gowdy will need to get under way soon, as Speaker Paul D. Ryan is giving members interested in the post until June 1 to let the House Republican Steering Committee know, according to a Ryan spokeswoman. The Steering Committee is on track to vote on the next chairman the week following the Memorial Day recess.

Jim Jordan for Oversight Chairman? ‘We’ll See’
Former Freedom Caucus chairman leaves open bid for Chaffetz gavel

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, center, is the highest ranking Freedom Caucus member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan signaled Wednesday he might be interested in leading the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee should current Chairman Jason Chaffetz decide to leave Congress early, as has been speculated since the Utah Republican announced he would not run for re-election in 2018.

“We’ll see if and when that happens,” Jordan said when asked if he would vie for the gavel.

Chaffetz Departure Opens Coveted Oversight Chairmanship
Freedom Caucus members in panel’s leadership poised to make a play for seat

The departure of Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, left, could give Reps. Trey Gowdy, middle, and Jim Jordan, right, an opportunity to capture the coveted seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Chairman Jason Chaffetz suggested Wednesday he may not finish his congressional term, top Republicans on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee mostly avoided weighing in on whether they would seek the seat under a GOP White House.

The Utah Republican unabashedly used the position of being the House’s top inquisitor to become nationally prominent in a coveted seat. But he did so under a Democratic administration that the House GOP despised.

Report Shows ‘Untapped Power’ of Constituent Advocacy
Showing the local effects of legislation can better influence lawmakers

People react to Rep. Jason Chaffetz as he speaks during a town hall meeting at Brighton High School, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Hundreds of people lined up early for the town hall with Chaffetz on Thursday evening, many holding signs criticizing the congressman's push to repeal the newly-named Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

House Democrats: It’s Leverage, Leverage, Leverage
Minority party huddles, again, to plot way back to power

Crowley wants his Democratic Caucus to capitalize on the public’s engagement on political issues that benefit his party. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There’s little House Democrats can do to stop bills they don’t like or to slow down the legislative process during chamber proceedings. 

So the tactics they plan to explore at the minority party’s issues conference starting Wednesday in Baltimore — aside from their intense opposition to President Donald Trump — will be on how they can amplify concerns from constituents in Republican districts.

Duncan Cites ‘Sore Losers’ in Rejecting Town Hall Request
Group plans ‘Kookfest’ at congressman’s Tennessee office after he calls them that

Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., called protesters at town halls "extremists, kooks and radicals." (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Tenn., turned down a request for a town hall meeting because he didn’t want to give publicity to “extremists, kooks and radicals.”

Because of the “anger in politics,” a meeting “would very quickly turn into shouting opportunities for extremists, kooks and radicals,” Duncan in a letter turning down a request for a meeting, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

House Moves to Disclose Presidential Library Funding
Would require quarterly disclosure of donations of $200 or more

Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn., says he was motivated after learning foreign governments contributed to Bill Clinton's presidential library. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House on Wednesday quickly passed a bill that would give the public a better view of donations going to presidential libraries and may offer a temporary window into President Barack Obama’s fundraising.

The bipartisan measure championed by Tennessee Republican Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. and considered under suspension of the rules would provide a disclosure system for an otherwise opaque process. Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland is also a sponsor.

Tennessee House Member has Prostate Cancer
Announcement comes amid bipartisan discussion about funding a cure

Tennessee Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. said he discovered he had cancer during a routine doctor visit. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Add Rep. John J. Duncan Jr.'s name to a long list of people in Congress with a personal experience to contribute to a bipartisan discussion about combating cancer.  

Duncan, a 14-term Republican from Tennessee, announced Tuesday that he has prostate cancer, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported .