Laurens, S.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03), today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s intent to nominate Sherri A. Lydon to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina:
“I am very pleased to hear that President Trump announced his intent to nominate Sherri Lydon to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. Sherri’s professional background, including her current role as U.S. Attorney for South Carolina, will unquestionably set her up for success in this new esteemed role. I have full confidence that Sherri’s nomination will soon be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Congratulations to Sherri, a fellow Clemson University graduate, on this presumptive nomination.”
Background (courtesy of the White House):
President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees
Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate:
Sherri A. Lydon of South Carolina, to serve as Judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Sherri Lydon is the United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina, where she serves as the chief Federal law enforcement officer for the District of South Carolina. Prior to becoming United States Attorney in 2018, Ms. Lydon operated the Law Office of Sherri A. Lydon and focused her practice on white-collar criminal defense work. Ms. Lydon previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina. Ms. Lydon was also appointed to the South Carolina Ethics Commission in 2014, serving as its Vice Chair until 2017. Ms. Lydon earned her B.A. from Clemson University and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Co-Chair of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT), joined members of HEAT to strongly condemn a trio of highly-restrictive energy bills advanced by Democrats in the House this week.
The Trump Administration issued a veto threat to the bills in a Statement of Administration Policy, noting “These bills would undermine the Administration’s commitment to a prosperous American economy supported by the responsible use of the Nation’s abundant natural resources. Development of our resources enhances our energy security and energy dominance and produces high-paying American jobs; provides increased revenue to the Treasury, States, tribes, and local communities; and is a critical source of conservation funding.”
HEAT Co-Chair, Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03): “Exploration and development of our resources provide American energy to the American people – it simply makes sense. If we don’t capitalize on domestic production, we’re going to have to import that energy from somewhere else. What’s the alternative? Reliance on foreign sources of energy from nations like Russia. These bills make us strategically weaker as a nation by leveraging Russia while undermining our own energy security.”
Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01): “Liberals want to pick winners and force government mandates upon American businesses. This ridiculous agenda will only put Americans out of work and increase prices of American consumers. The American people deserve a free market, all-of-the-above energy policy that promotes responsible energy exploration and development. I deeply appreciate our House Energy Action Team members' leadership in opposing this restrictive legislation and fighting to put American energy first.”
HEAT Co-Chair, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02): “We have an abundance of energy resources right here at home and we should be utilizing them in an ‘all of the above energy’ strategy. Millions of Americans rely on our energy industry for their livelihoods and to keep the lights on at a price they can afford. It also ensures that we are not dependent on foreign oil to meet our energy needs. These bills threaten to take all that away.”
Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-08): “I support an all-of-the-above energy approach to ensure that Americans have access to abundant and affordable sources of American energy. Using our nation’s resources provides benefits in the form of jobs and economic investment for millions of Americans employed in and around the production of energy, but also for Americans employed by energy-intensive industries. American energy independence is thriving and keeping the energy costs of Americans low, and these restrictive energy exploration bills take a giant leap backwards to a time when energy prices were higher and our nation was dangerously dependent on foreign sources of energy.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX-02): “Being pro-energy and pro-conservation are not mutually exclusive, but these bills operate under that guise. Permanently banning energy exploration is short-sighted and limits our ability to react to future energy needs. It’s actually worse for air and water quality because it reinforces global reliance on dirty oil. We make our earth cleaner by producing clean, cheap, exportable energy and sharing it with the world.”
Rep. Russ Fulcher (ID-01): “These democrat bills are a step backward, resulting in higher energy costs to Americans and millions of jobs eliminated. We should take advantage of our country’s bountiful energy resources as we continue researching additional sources-- not increase our dependence on foreign oil imports.”
Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04): “The United States is home to some of the richest energy sources in the world. Rather than relying on hostile regimes who hate America, we should be producing energy right here in our backyard. Today’s Left wants to lock up millions of acres of land and water from energy exploration which will put millions of Americans out of work, send energy prices skyrocketing, and harm our national security.”
Rep. Kevin Hern (OK-01): “Energy dominance is our goal. To get there, we must enact free-market solutions to power our country and propel us forward. Energy is Oklahoma’s lifeblood. We are on the front lines of innovation and excellence in the industry. Restrictive, anti-growth energy policies from the Left cut out the fossil fuels that we have depended on for generations. An all-of-the-above approach to energy policy will help us utilize the resources we have domestically and move away from dependence on our foreign adversaries. I urge my colleagues to join us in support of these common-sense energy bills.”
Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08): “I want good-paying energy jobs in North Carolina. These bills deny us that opportunity and deny the fact that we can responsibly explore and produce offshore energy while protecting our beautiful coast and our tourism and ocean industries. I will continue to work to get North Carolina into the energy business.”
Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ-08): “Energy is a critical driver of the American economy. The United States is not only on a path to energy independence, but to energy dominance. We cannot reach or even sustain our potential without large scale access to developing our energy resources. These three bills put our energy independence, quality of life, and national security at risk. Affordable and reliable energy can be produced right here at home. We should continue to do just that.”
Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22): “American energy is synonymous with American security and these bills put both in peril. I say this both as a Texan who knows the disastrous effect these bills would have on the energy industry in my state, and as a veteran who understands the consequences on our military if these bills become law. Unlike most of this bill's supporters, I am a retired Naval aviator who has flown training missions over oceans both at home and around the world. We can protect our training areas for the men and women who are getting ready to do the job that I did for so many years without instituting blanket bans on energy production.”
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14): “Thanks to the Trump Administration’s pro-energy policies, we are seeing the enormous economic, consumer, and security benefits generated by the energy industry, including many good-paying American jobs in western Pennsylvania. These misguided bills would not only end this progress by eliminating jobs and increasing energy prices, but also make our nation dependent on foreign energy sources. I look forward to working with Whip Scalise, Co-chairs Mullin and Duncan, and the other HEAT Members to promote ideas that encourage innovation and energy independence and keep energy bills low for American families.”
Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-04): “The U.S. is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. It is in our national interest to not only understand what resources are at our disposal, but to also be good stewards of those resources and use them in an environmentally-friendly manner. We should be using every tool at our disposal to produce the cleanest, cheapest and safest energy possible. These proposals would do nothing but slow the progress we’ve made over the years.”
View Congressman Duncan’s remarks in opposition to H.R. 205 HERE.
View Congressman Duncan’s remarks in opposition to H.R. 1941 HERE.
View Congressman Duncan’s remarks in opposition to H.R. 1146 HERE.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03), the Co-Chair of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT), released the following statement after opposing two restrictive and misguided anti-energy exploration bills:
“An all-of-the-above energy matrix is necessary to further the American energy renaissance our nation is experiencing. U.S. energy exploration and production lowers electric costs for consumers, provides good paying jobs, safeguards national security, and keeps our country as a global energy leader. These proposals would halt all the progress made over the last two and a half years.
“Exploration and development of our resources on the outer continental shelf provide American energy to the American people – it simply makes sense. If we don’t capitalize on domestic production, we’re going to have to import that energy from somewhere else. What’s the alternative? Reliance on foreign sources of energy from nations like Russia. These bills make us strategically weaker as a nation by leveraging Russia while undermining our own energy security.”
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) applauded the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ruling in favor of Boeing’s appeal and against an unlawful and inappropriate micro-union by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers’ (IAM) at the Charleston facility.
“With this decision behind them, Boeing can move on and continue to focus on making an amazing product, employing thousands of South Carolinians, and significantly contributing to our state’s economy. The attacks from far-left Democrats on South Carolina’s workers must stop.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Energy Action Team co-chairs Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) joined House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) to oppose three energy-related bills on the House floor this week.
HEAT is committed to the development, deployment, and efficient use of all-of-the-above energy resources. Three natural resource bills on the floor this week, H.R. 205, H.R. 1941, and H.R. 1146, are misguided attempts to restrict energy development throughout federal lands and off our coasts. Our nation has vast natural resources that we are capable of harnessing in a safe and environmentally-conscious way. Energy sector jobs are proven and reliable sources of employment for millions of Americans and these bills impose top-down government mandates rather than encouraging bottom-up American ingenuity.
"Conservative, free market solutions contribute to a cleaner environment and a vibrant economy. As we've seen in Louisiana, the energy industry can be an incredible asset to our economy and our beautiful natural resources. Energy exploration and development provides cheap energy, reliable jobs, and expands our international impact. These restrictive anti-energy bills only threaten our American energy renaissance," said Whip Scalise.
"An all-of-the-above energy matrix is necessary to further the American energy renaissance our nation is experiencing. U.S. energy exploration and production lowers electric costs for consumers, provides good paying jobs, safeguards national security, and keeps our country as a global energy leader. These proposals would halt all the progress made over the last two and a half years and push us towards foreign sources of energy," said Rep. Duncan.
“We have an abundance of energy resources right here at home and we should be utilizing them in an ‘all of the above energy’ strategy. Millions of Americans rely on our energy industry for their livelihoods and to keep the lights on at a price they can afford. It also ensures that we are not dependent on foreign oil to meet our energy needs. These bills threaten to take all that away and I urge my colleagues to oppose them,” said Rep. Mullin.
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Jeff Duncan is a South Carolina native and a 1988 graduate of Clemson University. Prior to being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Duncan served as branch manager and an Assistant Vice President during his seven years of working in community banking. Later, he became the President and CEO of J. Duncan Associates, a South Carolina based, family owned real estate marketing firm which specialized in statewide real estate auctions.
Duncan served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 2002-2010, where he served as the Chairman of the House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committee from 2007 to 2009.
During his tenure in the South Carolina House of Representatives, Jeff was known as one of the most conservative House Members, earning recognition as a “Taxpayer’s Hero” from Governor Mark Sanford for his work combating wasteful government spending and fighting against tax increases. Jeff has also received the “Guardian of Small Business” award from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB); he had an A+ rating from the Club for Growth; he was awarded the Palmetto Leadership Award from the SC Policy Council during his Freshman term; “Legislator of the Year” recognition from both the SC Recreation and Parks Association and the SC Wildlife Federation. In 2010, Jeff Duncan was awarded The Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor awarded by the Governor of South Carolina.
Congressman Duncan is passionate about American Energy Independence. While a State Legislator, Jeff served on the US Department of the Interior’s Outer Continental Shelf’s 5 year Planning Sub-Committee which was charged with making recommendations for oil and natural gas leases on offshore areas. In addition, he served on the state’s Natural Gas Offshore Drilling Study Committee and was appointed to represent the state of South Carolina on the Southern States Energy Board.
Elected in 2010 to the 112th Congress, Jeff currently sits on three House committees including the Natural Resources Committee, the Homeland Security Committee, and the Foreign Affairs Committee. He also serves as the Subcommittee Chairman of Homeland Security’s Oversight and Management Efficiency Subcommittee. Additionally, Congressman Duncan was appointed by Speaker John Boehner to the Executive Committee for the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
The Natural Resources Committee gives Duncan an outlet to promote US energy policy. He is an integral part of the GOP’s House Energy Action Team (HEAT) which supports expedited permitting of energy projects and the use of currently undeveloped areas for energy production in the United States, including areas such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other Federal land.
Jeff takes a particular interest in the promotion of nuclear energy, a topic especially important to South Carolina, home of the Savannah River Site nuclear complex. Energy independence is vital to national security and a segue to job creation. Congressman Duncan views nuclear power as a key ingredient in that equation. He supports the use of the Yucca Mountain site in Nevada as a long-term storage site for nuclear waste. Although he is a strong proponent of American solutions to American energy issues, Congressman Duncan is not in favor of federal energy subsidies for alternative energy or ethanol.
As a Member of the Natural Resources Committee, Jeff can advocate for some of his passions: the enjoyment of the great outdoors as an avid hunter and fisherman. Jeff sits on the subcommittee for fisheries and wildlife.
A member of both the Republican Study Committee and the Tea Party Caucus, Jeff took a strong stand on major fiscal issues in the 112th Congress. Dissatisfied with the level of spending cuts offered, he split from a majority of Republicans in his opposition of: the final fiscal 2011 spending deal; the final debt limit increase deal in August 2011; both versions of a bill to keep the government operating at the start of fiscal 2012; and the final FY 2012 Appropriations bill. A strong believer in the Constitution, Jeff fought against ambiguous language in the National Defense Authorization Act which he feels could put certain American liberties in peril.
In February 2011, he introduced a resolution that would create a new committee called the Committee on the Elimination of Nonessential Federal Programs, with the express purpose of reducing federal outlays. He supports taking a closer look at any government agency that is not included in the constitutional role of the federal government.
Jeff strongly believes that border security does fit the Constitutional definition of a federal duty and is proudly a member of the Border and Maritime Security subcommittee. He advocates an “all-of-the-above” strategy for border enforcement, including physical fencing, greater use of surveillance technology and increased manpower. His stance on border security includes an immigration policy aspect, as well as a national security element. He supports stronger enforcement of immigration laws and opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the country.
Duncan has also worked the national security angle to border enforcement from his position on the Foreign Affairs Committee. When news reports broke in October 2011 that the Iranian government allegedly wanted members of Mexican drug cartels to carry out an assassination on U.S. soil, Duncan introduced a resolution urging the government to consider Iran a threat to the Western Hemisphere when formulating counterterrorism strategy.
Act! for America presented Representative Duncan with the “2011 National Security Patriot Award” because of his strong and enduring commitment to protecting our national security and democratic values.
Jeff also serves as the co-chairman of the Sovereignty Caucus along with Colorado Republican Doug Lamborn. The Caucus seeks to combat the influence of international organizations and multilateral agreements on United States policy. He urges greater scrutiny of foreign aid and has been an advocate for blocking economic assistance to governments that oppose the United States in the U.N. General Assembly.
In September 2011, Duncan became the only member of Congress with a 100 percent rating on the Heritage Action for America legislative scorecard “covering the full spectrum of conservatism.” He finished the 112th Congress at the top of the House leader board.
Jeff has been married to his wife Melody for twenty-five years and they have three sons: Graham, John Philip, and Parker. The Duncan family are members of First Baptist Church of Clinton, South Carolina.
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