John J Duncan Jr

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 .