Duncan Hunter

Duncan Hunter


Hunter: Green Beret Jason Amerine’s career ends on high note—with retirement and award ceremony


Washington D.C. - U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and Marine Corps veteran, made the following statement on the retirement of Lt. Col. and Green Beret Jason Amerine: 

“On Friday, Lt. Col. Jason Amerine retired from the U.S. Army following a long, honorable and distinguished career.  I first came to know Jason years ago while working on an issue unrelated to hostage recovery, but it was our work together to improve the system and process to recover Americans held captive that truly defines Jason’s character and integrity.  He was committed to leaving no American behind, and his relentless commitment and pursuit to save American lives is a testament to his selflessness and courage. 

“When we took on the fight we did, I had no idea that we would encounter so much resistance within government, to the point that the FBI and certain leaders within the Army began to retaliate against Jason for the progress that was being made.  Without Jason, former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel never would have appointed Mike Lumpkin to coordinate the Bergdahl recovery—in the hope it could overcome the State Department-led 5-1 swap.  Without Jason, I believe we would not have been able to keep pressure on the White House to initiate a hostage policy review.  And without Jason, a major provision in the NDAA—to implement necessary improvements to hostage policy changes made earlier this year—wouldn’t exist. 

“Through it all, what’s most frustrating is that the FBI refused to work with Jason—and it’s my firm belief that failures to safely recover Americans held captive in hostile areas is a direct result of that refusal.  What’s also frustrating is that some senior Army leaders—including General Mary Legere—refused to give Jason the respect and opportunity to explain what we all knew was true: the FBI wanted Jason out of the way.  The easiest thing to do was whisper an allegation to the Army, and the Army took the bait, investigating Jason for reasons that were unsupported by any of the facts.  That investigation continued for too long, and too many threats were made.  But after it all, the Army did the right thing and cleared Jason of any wrongdoing, and allowed one of its decorated heroes to retire.  And before walking out the door, Jason was pinned with a Legion of Merit—an award that is a fitting capstone to his distinguished career. 

“I’m honored to know Jason.  I’m honored that he entrusted me to collaborate with him.  And I’m grateful for all those who stood by his side—including my Senate colleagues and their staffs.”

Another tireless defender of Jason Amerine was the Project On Government Oversight (POGO).  Following Friday’s ceremony, POGO released the following statement: 

“For nearly a year, LTC Jason Amerine, a true American hero, has been under criminal investigation for speaking to Congress about the U.S.'s totally dysfunctional hostage recovery process.  When anyone brings concerns of wrongdoing to Congress they are supposed to be protected under the law. But in fact, it took Jason assembling his ‘last guerrilla army’ of Congressional supporters, POGO, and a few courageous military officers acting behind the scenes to prevent a court martial.  Rep. Duncan Hunter's leadership was pivotal in this effort.  The Pentagon IG was supposed to protect him from retaliation, but failed in their duty spectacularly.  Current whistleblower protection laws also provide little help for the military.  Now that Lt. Col. Amerine has been awarded the Legion of Merit and is retiring honorably from the Army, it is time to get his mugshot, fingerprints and DNA removed from the criminal database and tackle the organizations and laws that failed him.”

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Hunter: Secretary Carter, show the world we won't tolerate Afghan child rape


Imagine for a moment that you are serving in the U.S. Army and deployed to Afghanistan, and on your base there is clear evidence that child rape and other human rights violations are occurring at the hands of local Afghan police commanders and military officials.

You have already reported the crimes and nothing has been done.  Now you are standing face to face with a self-admitted child rapist and he’s laughing in your face—telling you to get lost. 

What do you do? 

That was the situation facing a group of Green Berets in Afghanistan, led by Captain Danny Quinn and Sergeant First Class Charles Martland. 

There is no policy that requires our soldiers to look the other way, but, clearly, the fact that Quinn, Martland, and others have been punished for intervening in such cases of abuse shows exactly how our military leadership has decided to handle these cases.

In 2011, Quinn and Martland received reports that an Afghan woman was severely beaten by an Afghan commander when she went looking for her son.  Turned out her son had been kidnapped, chained to a bed and repeatedly raped by that same Afghan commander. 

Quinn and Martland had experienced this before—twice, in fact.  Two other commanders received no punishment from the Afghan government for the rape of a 15-year-old girl and the honor killing of a commander’s 12-year-old daughter for kissing a boy.  And as Martland said, "I felt that morally we could no longer stand by and allow our ALP to commit atrocities."  

So Quinn and Martland confronted the commander.  He laughed in their face, told them he would not stop, and suggested they find something else to do with their time. 

So Quinn picked up the commander and threw him on the ground.  Martland did the same.

In doing so, they conveyed to the commander, loud and clear, that the abuse of children—especially in the presence of U.S. forces—won’t be tolerated. 

In a single confrontation, Quinn and Martland were able to do what the Afghan justice system and our own military commanders could not.  They sent a message in a language and terms he could understand and wouldn’t forget.   

For doing the right thing, Quinn was immediately removed from the front line and shown the door by the Army. 

Martland was also relieved from the same outpost, but he is now fighting to save his Army career after 11 years.  Because of his actions, Martland was reprimanded by the Army -- at the direction of General Christopher Hass -- and given a blemish on his record for “a physical altercation with a corrupt ALP commander.” 

The Army stated he lacked integrity. 

Even though Martland did not need to apologize, he did.  He committed to self-improvement, to show the Army that he could continue serving.  And in 2014, he was selected as runner up for the Special Warfare Training Group Instructor of the Year, competing against over 400 Senior NCOs. 

This is the type of warrior and leader that deserves to be involuntarily removed from service?  I think not. 

This is one case where better judgment must prevail.  Quinn and Martland were reprimanded because they were told it wasn’t their place to intervene and they should properly observe Afghanistan’s cultural and relationship practices. 

There is no policy that requires our soldiers to look the other way, but, clearly, the fact that Quinn, Martland, and others have been punished for intervening in such cases of abuse shows exactly how our military leadership has decided to handle these cases. 

A decision on Martland’s future rests with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, whom,  I am told, is fully aware of the many appeals on Martland’s behalf.  I have to believe that he’ll do the right thing and put one of our most elite and ethical warriors above an admitted rapist. 

Deciding in Marltand’s favor, given the circumstances of the case, is the quickest and most effective way for the Department of Defense to show it won’t tolerate abuse and human rights violations of any kind.       

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Hunter: Jordan needs U.S. drones to fight ISIS


Soon after Islamic State propagandists released a video in February of a captured and caged Jordanian pilot being burned alive, the Obama administration pledged full support to Jordan—a critical Middle East ally threatened by the terrorist army of Islamic State, or ISIS. But the administration has failed to live up to that commitment.

Despite repeated requests and impassioned pleas, the administration has refused to sell Jordan the drones—specifically, remotely piloted Predator and Reaper aircraft—that will allow deeper infiltration into ISIS territory to conduct surveillance and strikes. These systems, as U.S. operations against al Qaeda in Africa and elsewhere have shown, are crucial in fighting terrorists.

Why Jordan, an important U.S. ally, is being denied these systems is a puzzle. On its flank are Syria and Iraq, two countries largely overrun by ISIS. Jordan also shares borders with Saudi Arabia and Israel, which makes it a buffer of sorts between the Jewish state and its enemies. Like much of Europe, Jordan is struggling to deal with Iraqi and Syrian refugees, now 10% of its population and growing. If Jordan is overrun by ISIS and its extremist allies, the destabilization of the region would accelerate.

The reasons to support Jordan with drone technology could not be more apparent. What might be causing the administration to hold back?

The export of drones is most often restricted under the Missile Technology Control Regime—a voluntary agreement among 34 countries intended to prevent the proliferation of technology capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction. While unmanned systems are “licensed for export only on rare occasions,” the control regime doesn’t forbid the export of drone technology. And if ISIS’s threatening the stability of much of the Middle East and a massive refugee crisis spilling over into Europe doesn’t qualify as a “rare occasion,” what does? The Obama administration and its successors are free to allow sales of unmanned aviation vehicles to Jordan or other U.S. allies.

The administration’s hesitation has weakened its influence in the region and created a vacuum that is being filled by others. China recently unveiled its version of the Reaper drone, the Caihong 5, capable of carrying bombs and missiles and traveling up to 2,100 miles. Jordan has expressed interest in buying the Caihong 5 if the U.S. refuses to export the Reaper. Recent news reports say Israel has agreed to sell drones to Jordan, specifically the Heron TP, although Israeli officials haven’t confirmed the sale.

Damage has been done to U.S. relations with Jordan, but the simple act of approving drone exports would prevent further harm. If Jordanian policy, like President Obama’s, is to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS, why is the Obama administration refusing to provide an ally with the tools to do just that?

Mr. Hunter, a Republican congressman from California, is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

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Hunter, Kinzinger & Zinke: U.S. must never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear bomb


Washington, D.C.—Representative Duncan Hunter (CA), a Marine Corps veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, along with Representative Adam Kinzinger (IL), an Air National Guardsman and Iraq veteran , and Representative Ryan Zinke (MT), a former Navy SEAL, introduced legislation today to reiterate that Iran must comply with its reaffirmation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to “never seek, develop, or acquire a nuclear weapon.” Specifically, the legislation authorizes the President to use military force should Iran violate its commitments and obligations under the JCPOA. 

“In agreeing to a deal, Iran has unconditionally stated that it will never seek to acquire a nuclear weapon, and its nuclear program will exist for peaceful purposes,” said Representative Hunter.  “To think Iran can be trusted is naïve and contrary to reality.  Iran’s provocations and aggression should deny any leeway, and there should be no doubt that a nuclear Iran constitutes a danger to the world.  It’s necessary that Iran receive the message that the U.S. is prepared to destroy any and all capability and facilities without warning or prolonged negotiation.  These are terms that Iran can actually understand and will be the difference between Iran acquiring a nuclear bomb or not.”

Representative Kinzinger added, "The President has made clear in many instances that the military option should be on the table.  It’s Congress’ job to ensure he means what he said." 

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Sanctuary Crackdown...SEMPER FI Act...Mt. Soledad


SANCTUARY CITY CRACKDOWN BEGINS WITH LEGISLATION AUTHORED BY REP. DUNCAN HUNTER, H.R. 3009, the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act.  The full House of Representatives moved to pass the bill yesterday, voting 241-179 to withhold federal funding from jurisdictions that don’t comply with federal immigration law.   

HIT SANCTUARIES WHERE IT HURTS… H.R. 3009 withholds coveted federal funding in several areas for any state or locality that has in place a law, policy or procedure that’s in contravention to existing federal immigration law.  The total amount of funding in question reached nearly $1 billion in allocations for Fiscal Year 2015 alone.  And the message behind the bill is straightforward: if a state or locality wants federal funding, then it must uphold the law.  If not, say bye-bye to federal support for incarceration and enforcement.  It’s that simple.  

STICKS AND STONES MAY BREAK MY BONES, BUT… In response to H.R. 3009, opponents of the bill were quick to criticize the legislation as reactionary and short-sighted.  How wrong they were.  Others even labeled it the “Donald Trump Act,” suggesting in some way that the legislation was some hastily-built product intended for headlines only.  How ridiculous.     

What they all failed to realize is that Rep. Hunter has offered this legislation—in different versions, even—for the last six years.  And the basic premise of the legislation has always been the same: allow Congress to exercise its Constitutional prerogative in order to force compliance. 

There was also pushback from the mayors of sanctuary cities, including the city of Los Angles, which even offered a testimonial in opposition.  And not long after, the President issued a veto threat—citing the need for comprehensive reform. 

Excuses and name-calling might be par for the course, but the resistance from the White House, proponents of sanctuaries and the cities themselves, is no surprise.  It shows that there’s no justifiable defense for jurisdictions that openly defy the law and refuse to cooperate with federal officials—even as prescribed by law.       

A FIRST SALVO ONLY… More will need to be done to rein in sanctuary cities.  The House is preparing to address the issues of detainers and sentencing, among other things.  Commitments have been received, thus making the passage of H.R. 3009 an important first step in advancing legislation that imposes accountability and enhances enforcement.   

SOLID GROUND FOR MT. SOLEDAD… After decades of legal challenges, the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial might finally have the protection it needs to stave off further attacks.  This week, ownership of the property was transferred to the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association, a private group that’s committed to preserving the Veterans Memorial.  The transfer was made possible due to a provision that was engineered and put into law last year by Rep. Hunter.  Advocating for the provision in the Senate was Senator Dianne Feinstein.  

THE SHOOTING IN TN THAT RESULTED IN THE DEATHS OF 5 MILITARY MEMBERS was an absolute tragedy.  The thoughts and prayers of an entire nation go to these service members and their families.

Within the military, and also within the House and Senate Armed Services Committee, there has been an ongoing debate on whether military personnel should be armed.  The National Defense Authorization Act, which is in House-Senate conference negotiations right now, will seek to clarify authorities in this area.  However, it is unlikely to include clarification on whether a military recruiter is authorized to carry a service-issued sidearm.  Due to the patchwork of state and local laws, and the fact that recruiting offices are often located in commercial spaces, this is more difficult to do, but it’s by no means impossible.   

In fact, just this week, Rep. Hunter authored legislation to make it happen—the SEMPER FI Act.   The exact same legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senator Steve Daines. 

On the same day the bill was introduced, Rep. Hunter caught up with The Military Times and provided some commentary on the effort--it’s an interview you’ll want to watch.   

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Hunter sanctuary city legislation passes House


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, sanctuary city legislation authored by Rep. Duncan Hunter passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 241-179.  The legislation withholds specific federal funding from sanctuary cities.\

Hunter’s statement follows:

“This legislation is about one thing—and that’s accountability.

“There are also changes to enforcement that must be imposed on sanctuary cities—and I truly hope we can achieve those changes, just as we are putting in motion today a mechanism that  holds sanctuary cities accountable.   

“I think we can all agree that any state or locality must comply with the law—and they are required to coordinate and cooperate with the federal government.  If an arrest is made, the federal government should be notified.  The fact that San Francisco, LA and other cities disagree with the politics of federal enforcement doesn’t mean they should receive a pass to subvert the law. 

“And if they do, there needs to be consequences—and the way we impose those consequences is by hitting them where it hurts.  In the pocketbook.

“It’s simple.   If you don’t comply with the law, as it stands now, then you don’t receive coveted federal money intended for enforcement.  And that money, allocated for Fiscal  Year 2015 alone, amounts to nearly $800 million in funding.  For localities, that’s a sizeable amount of money with very specific purposes. 

“It’s time we stand up to sanctuaries—and begin holding them accountable for their failure to uphold the law.  And I look forward to taking the other necessary steps to confront sanctuary policies and jurisdictions.”   

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Hunter, Daines introduce bicameral legislation to allow military to carry at recruitment centers


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Duncan Hunter and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) today introduced legislation to allow military officers the ability to carry weapons at military recruitment centers.

The Securing Military Personnel Response Firearm Initiative (SEMPER FI) Act, which was introduced today in the Senate and the House, allows the military to authorize recruiters to be armed when they’re at recruitment centers or allows them to improve structural security at recruitment centers. The bill also limits the carrying of a sidearm to officers and non-commissioned officers.

In February 1992, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued Directive 5210.56, which stated that DoD policy was to “limit and control the carrying of firearms by DoD military and civilian personnel.” The DoD reissued the Directive in April 2011. 

“The fastest way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. It’s time to allow our men and women in uniform – including our military recruiters – to have all the resources they need to protect and defend themselves,” Daines stated. “It’s unfortunate that it took a tragedy like what happened in Tennessee to wake us up to the fact that there needs to be a policy change, and that our military recruiters should be able to defend themselves while doing their job making sure that we maintain the most effective fighting force in the history of mankind. ”

“What happened in Tennessee is an absolute tragedy,” said Hunter, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Marine Corps.  “All the talk about security upgrades to recruiting offices is fine, but the simple act of arming qualified personnel in these spaces presents the most effective line of defense.  It’s a reality of the post 9-11 world that terrorists and radicals will look to strike soft targets and we shouldn’t pretend that incidents similar to what happened in Tennessee couldn’t happen elsewhere.  Military recruiters embody the spirit, patriotism and values that not only make our military great, but our nation too.  They are targets, as are others in uniform, and they should be afforded the type of protection that is adequate for the threat they face.  We need to make it tough for anyone who might think of busting into a recruiting office with the intent to harm.  Any person or group of people who make that mistake should know that there are a few Marines, soldiers or other service members on the other side of that door who’ve heard the sound of gunfire, who’ve had all the right firearms experience and training, and who aren’t defenseless.” 

The SEMPER FI Act has garnered support from both the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners of America.

“The NRA appreciates the efforts of Senator Daines and Congressman Hunter to repeal Defense Department Directive 5210.56, which our commander-in-chief has refused to do," said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action. “It’s outrageous that members of our Armed Services have lost their lives because the government forced them to be disarmed at their workplace.”

“Banning military recruiters from carrying firearms for their own protection is outrageous and puts lives at risk—especially because we know that these people may be targeted for attack,” said Tim Macy, Chairman of Gun Owners of America.  “GOA applauds Senator Daines and Representative Hunter for taking decisive action to protect our service men and women.” 

The full text of the legislation can be found here.

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Hunter to President: lower flags in honor of those killed in TN


Rep. Duncan Hunter, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marine Corps, today called on the President to order flags to be flown at half staff in honor of the service members killed in Chattanooga, TN.  Hunter’s statement follows:

“Five service members were killed on American soil, and  the idea that the Commander in Chief is so far unwilling to lower flags in their honor is unconscionable.  The flag and all it represents is sacred to our military, and the President must know that lowering the flag is a signal of honor and respect.  The President should make this call immediately.”

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Hunter: DeCA ignoring Congress, and families will pay


As a nation, we ask a lot from our men and women in uniform, while they ask for little — if anything — in return.

We ask them to train day and night to the highest standards. We ask them to put our freedoms ahead of their lives. We ask them to go to war. And we ask their families to make similar, and sometimes even greater, sacrifices. Military families bestow the ultimate honor: They grant us their loved ones so that we may enjoy our liberty.

Even so, there are now some within the Defense Department who are asking these families to give more than they already do — by imposing higher costs for basic foods. Across the Asia-Pacific region, where our troops stand watch, the Defense Commissary Agency is forging ahead with plans that will increase the cost of the fresh fruits and vegetables they buy to feed themselves and their families.

DeCA proposes to stop paying to ship fresh fruits and vegetables to overseas commissaries, something it has done since 1951. When it first made this proposal in February 2014, DeCA publicly admitted that prices would go up under its new policy. Only after Congress started asking questions did DeCA begin touting its proposal as some sort of "win-win" situation that would save money for DoD while maintaining low prices on the shelves.

But an independent study indicates that military families could see the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables rise by 30 percent or more, with prices for some items skyrocketing by 500 percent. This only makes sense: The food still has to make its way across the Pacific Ocean, and if DeCA isn't paying for that transportation, then the customer will.

This shift in shipping practices by DeCA is particularly egregious because Congress provided money in the budget to preserve existing commissary benefits. This was both to prevent commissary privatization and to provide continued support for overseas transportation. Both last year and this year, we directed DeCA to further study overseas transportation issues and seek efficiencies that would not increase costs for consumers. DeCA has consistently disregarded these instructions in order to pursue its own misguided policy preferences, and refuses to commission its own study to determine what will happen to prices if funding for overseas transportation is cut.

In other words, my colleagues and I have found the money to preserve the commissary benefit, but the very agency entrusted with managing commissaries is acting to undo that work without even knowing what the end effects will be.

I am committed to safeguarding military families from an undue hit to their wallet by a bureaucracy looking to trim costs on the backs of those who sacrifice so much. This year, my colleagues in the House joined me by supporting my amendment to the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that would prevent DeCA from making these changes until it has thoroughly studied the issue and found savings that will not harm military families. I hope my colleagues, specifically those on the bill's conference committee, will stand up for military families and stop DeCA from doing more harm.

We should not ask military families to choose between making nutritious meals for their children and saving for their future college expenses. We should not ask our troops to choose between making healthy food choices and providing for their aging parents. After all that our service members and their families have given up for us, the least we can do is ensure they do not have to give up any more at the grocery store.

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Hunter statement on White House Hostage Policy review


WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter made the following statement regarding reported changes to U.S. hostage policy:

“After a long, drawn-out review of U.S. hostage policy, the changes offered up by the White House prove that neither the right questions were asked nor were any lessons learned.  Wholesale changes are needed, but what’s being put forward is nothing more than window dressing, I fear.  It’s a pathetic response to a serious problem that has plagued the ability of the U.S. to successfully recover Americans held captive in the post-9/11 era.  It’s a sure bet that more Americans and westerners will be captured given the threat of ISIS and others, and while there’s always opportunity for success if things go right, the new policy falls significantly short overall. 

“The fact that the FBI has retained the leadership role within the fusion cell ignores the long list of mistakes and grievances presented over the duration of the review—and I was one of many individuals to offer my concerns and recommendations.  There needs to be a single person situated above the fusion cell, with the authority necessary to direct certain activities, isolate turf battles, and streamline the bureaucracy.  The FBI is not organized or developed for hostage recovery in hostile areas, yet they are leading the fusion cell.  Even with two Deputy Directors representing the Defense Department and the State Department beneath a Director housed at the FBI, there’s no chance that the FBI will have the authority to direct either entity.  It also makes no sense to house the director of the fusion cell within an agency, specifically when that agency has comparatively limited overseas reach.  Bottom line: the controversy regarding U.S. hostage policy started with the FBI and will likely continue with the FBI.  Look no further than Army Lt. Col. Jason Amerine—who testified before the Senate recently—as a prime example of how the FBI retaliates against any interest that’s not their own. 

“Among all the issues I believed the White House could get right, this was one.  I was wrong.  And sadly, I was told of numerous reports of infighting during the progression of the hostage policy review, with both the FBI and the State Department arguing for the leadership role, while discrediting the other.  All the while, the early recommendation for the Defense Department, with its assets, intel and global reach, to assume the direct lead was scuttled.  This is all very unfortunate—and while I have hope we can be successful, which we are sure to be from time to time, what’s needed is a hostage recovery policy that works for every American held captive in hostile areas.  The changes put forward show that there’s still a lot of work to do.”  

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HASC hearing

2013-05-01 20:36:39

Hunter Praises Marine General James Mattis

2013-04-11 17:04:08

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2012-03-08 16:15:49

Floor Statement on H.R. 290, the War Memorial Protection Act

2012-01-24 20:23:19

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10/30/2011 Fox News Segment (II) on Agent Diaz

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10/13/2011 HASC Press Conference on Defense Cuts

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2011-08-02 16:37:07

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Congressman Duncan D. Hunter represents California’s 50th Congressional District consisting of East and Northern County San Diego. In 2008, Hunter was elected to his first term in the House of Representatives, succeeding his father, Duncan L. Hunter, who retired after serving 14 consecutive terms in Congress.

Hunter is a native of San Diego. He graduated from Granite Hills High School in El Cajon and earned a degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University. Hunter worked to pay for his education by creating websites and programming databases and ecommerce systems for high-tech companies. Immediately after graduation, he went to work full time in San Diego as a Business Analyst.

Soon after our nation was attacked on September 11, 2001, Hunter quit his job and joined the United States Marine Corps. Hunter entered active service as a Lieutenant in 2002 and excelled in the area of field artillery, much like his grandfather, Robert O. Hunter, who was a Marine Corps artillery officer in World War II.

Over the course of his service career, Hunter served three combat tours overseas: two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. In 2003, Hunter deployed to Iraq with the 1st Marine Division. Hunter completed his second tour in 2004, where he and his fellow Marines were at the center of combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq.

In September 2005, four years after he quit his job and joined the Marine Corps, Hunter was honorably discharged from active military service and started a successful residential development company. Still a Marine Reservist, he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2006, and to the rank of Major in 2012.

Less than two years before Hunter was elected, he was recalled to active duty and deployed to Afghanistan. Hunter returned home after more than six months on the front lines and, with the support of the San Diego community, became the first Marine combat veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan elected to Congress.

Hunter is a strong conservative who is committed to strengthening national security, enforcing our borders, creating opportunities for American workers and protecting the interests of taxpayers. He is also a strong proponent of the Second Amendment, protecting traditional marriage and the rights of the unborn.

Congressman Hunter and his wife live in Alpine, California. They are the proud parents of three children: Duncan, Elizabeth and Sarah.

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