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Duncan D. Hunter

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 52nd district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2009
Preceded by Duncan L. Hunter

Born December 7, 1976 (1976-12-07) (age 33)
San Diego, California
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Margaret Hunter
Residence Lakeside, California
Alma mater San Diego State University
Profession politician, military officer, businessman
Religion Southern Baptist
Military service
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 2001-2007
Rank Captain
Battles/wars Afghanistan, Iraq

Duncan Duane Hunter (born December 7, 1976) is the Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for California's 52nd congressional district and the son of his predecessor Duncan Hunter. The district is located in northern and eastern San Diego County and includes El Cajon, La Mesa, and a portion of eastern San Diego.

Hunter is a United States Marine and veteran of both the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan. He is one of only two members of the U.S. Congress, along with John Boccieri (D-OH), who served in both conflicts and the only combat veteran of either presently serving in the Congress[1].


Early life and military service

Hunter was born in San Diego, California, and graduated from Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, California. He attended San Diego State University, where he earned a degree in Business Administration. He paid for his college education by creating websites and programming databases and e-commerce systems for high-tech companies. Upon graduation from San Diego State, he worked full time in San Diego as a business analyst.

The day after the September 11 attacks, Hunter quit his job and joined the Marine Corps. He attended Officer Candidates School at Marine Corps Base Quantico and, upon graduation, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in March 2002. He subsequently served as a field artillery officer in the 1st Marine Division after the 2003 invasion of Iraq and completed a second tour in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004, serving in Battery A, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines. During his second tour, he participated in Operation Vigilant Resolve. In September 2005, Hunter was honorably discharged from active duty and began life as a civilian but remained in the Marine Corps Reserve. He then started a residential development company. In 2007, he was recalled to active duty and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; this was his third tour of duty during the War on Terrorism. Hunter was honorably discharged from active duty in December 2007 but continues to serve part-time as a Captain in the Marine Corps Reserve.


Hunter, his wife Margaret, and their three children have lived in Lakeside, California since 2007; he previously lived in Oklahoma, Virginia and Idaho.[2]

Political career

Hunter won the Congressional Republican primary election on June 3, 2008, after receiving 72 percent of the vote[3] and defeating three opponents. Combined with his name recognition, he went into the general election a strong favorite in this heavily Republican district.

On November 4, 2008, Hunter defeated his Democratic opponent Mike Lumpkin by a 57 percent to 39 percent tally.[4] Hunter thus replaced his father, Congressman Duncan L. Hunter (R-Calif.), former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and a former Republican candidate during the 2008 Presidential Election, who retired from Congress after fourteen terms.[5]

Following in his father's footsteps, Hunter's voting record has been decidedly conservative; he is a member of the conservative Republican Study Committee, of which his father too was a member. Both he and his father also signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.[6]


Committee assignments

Military awards and decorations

Hunter's awards include:

Bronze star
Bronze star
Combat Action Ribbon Navy Presidential Unit Citation National Defense Service Medal Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon w/ 2 service stars

See also


External links

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Duncan L. Hunter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 52nd congressional district

2009 – present


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