Saturday, November 17, 2007

Up Close And Personal: Duncan Hunter

Getting to know Duncan Hunter...

What item most reminds you of where you came from? "Letters and articles by my Dad written over the past 60 years."
What were your best and worst grades or subjects in school? Favorite college subject was contract law. No answer on worst subject.
What pets live in your home? Two black Labs, Boo and Hunter
What is the last work of fiction you've read?
"The Democrats' proposal to balance the budget."
What task at home needs tending? "Finishing the rebuilding of our house that burned down -- a big task."
Alternate career choice? Outdoor writer
Favorite food to cook? Chicken fried venison
Desert island necessity? "Mrs. Hunter"
Favorite reality TV show? Watches Versus, previously called the Outdoor Life Network Favorite fitness activity? Hunting, fishing and hiking
Worst habit? "Not turning off the Outdoor Life Network (now called Versus) before I go to sleep"
Hidden talent? "Making rifle scabbards out of leather"
What time is "sleeping in?" 7:30 a.m.
What was your last music purchase? Favors country and gospel
What car or cars do you drive? "Suburban with 274,000 miles on it"

Red's favorite Duncan Hunter quotes...

"If you can get over my fence, we'll sign you up for the Olympics"

"I don't belong to any organized religion, I'm a Baptist"

"Ted Kennedy seems to have the most influence over the top 3 Republican candidates,'s time to move AWAY from the Ted Kennedy wing of the Republican Party"

Duncan Hunter III To his 1st grade school teacher...
"My name is Duncan Hunter and my grandpa is going to be President.",
..."that's nice" said his teacher, ...
(Duncan III) "so, can I count on your vote?"

Duncan Hunter Bio-

Since first being elected to Congress in 1980, Duncan Hunter has devoted himself to ensuring that our military is second to none, securing our nation’s borders, and protecting American workers from unfair competition. Hunter works on these issues because he believes that America’s greatest strength is our freedom and its protection requires our effort in all areas.

A Vietnam veteran, Duncan Hunter served in the 173rd Airborne and 75th Army Rangers and, after coming home, utilized the G.I. Bill to attend Western State University Law School in San Diego (now Thomas Jefferson School of Law). While completing his degree, Hunter supplemented his income by working in farming and construction, and opened a storefront legal office after graduation where he began serving many in the Hispanic community, often without compensation.

In 1980, Hunter was asked to mount a challenge for the Congressional seat held by 18-year incumbent Lionel Van Deerlin. Despite the district having a 2-to-1 Democrat registration, Hunter won the seat in an upset. Coming to Washington, Hunter successfully sought a seat on the House Armed Services Committee where he could work on America’s national security needs. Serving on this committee throughout his career, Hunter became Chairman of the full committee in 2002, overseeing a $532 billion defense budget. During his chairmanship from 2002-2006, and now as Ranking Member of the committee, Hunter focuses his efforts on providing President Bush with the necessary resources to win our nation’s military conflicts, protecting our men and women in uniform, and developing modernization initiatives that will move new and more effective technologies into the field of battle.

Living in a border community, Hunter also came to Congress to make securing the California-Mexico border a top priority. Hunter’s goal was to make the region safe for communities on both sides of the border by providing the necessary resources to our border enforcement agencies. September 11th, however, made border security a national security issue and Hunter responded by leading efforts in Congress to seal a porous border susceptible to illegal aliens, drug trafficking and terrorism. Hunter’s efforts have resulted in over 59 miles of fencing and border infrastructure to date in San Diego County. Hunter also wrote the Secure Fence Act, extending the San Diego fence 854 miles across California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. These fence provisions were signed into law by President Bush on October 26, 2006.

On the House Armed Services Committee, Hunter has protected U.S. defense jobs in aircraft, ship repair, machine tools, textile, steel and titanium to ensure that what he calls the “Arsenal of Democracy,” the U.S. industrial base, is maintained to provide security in time of war. Hunter’s other legislative priorities include retaining and increasing jobs across this nation, providing tax relief to hard-working families, keeping our promises to America’s veterans, protecting Social Security for present and future generations, and promoting strong family values.

Hunter resides in East San Diego County with his wife Lynne where they, like many of their neighbors, just completed re-building their Alpine home after it was lost in the October 2003 wildfires. In 2006, Duncan and Lynne celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary; they have two sons, Duncan Duane, who served two tours in Iraq in the U.S. Marine Corps, and Sam Hunter, a business student at San Diego State University. Duncan D. and his wife, Margaret, have three children, Duncan Lee, Elizabeth Grace and Sarah Louise, and reside in Lakeside, California. Sam was married on Valentine’s Day 2004 to the former Theresa Heger of Jamul and they had their first child, Marin, in October of 2006.

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