Duncan Duane Hunter (born December 7, 1976) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party from California who has represented San Diego County in the United States House of Representatives since 2009. He succeeded his father, Duncan L. Hunter, as the Representative for California’s 52nd congressional district. As a result of redistricting, Hunter switched to the neighboring California’s 50th congressional district, which he has represented since 2013. His district presently covers almost all of San Diego County except for the coastal and border areas. It includes the cities of Escondido, San Marcos and Santee as well as Fallbrook, Lakeside and Valley Center and mountain and desert areas stretching to the Imperial County line.
Hunter was born in San Diego and graduated from Granite Hills High School in El Cajon. He earned a degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University and then worked as an information technology business analyst. Hunter resigned the day after the September 11 attacks and joined the United States Marine Corps. He attended Officer Candidates School at Marine Corps Base Quantico and after graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. 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. During his second tour, he participated in Operation Vigilant Resolve. In September 2005, Hunter was honorably discharged from active duty 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 the War in Afghanistan. Hunter was honorably discharged from active duty again in December 2007, but continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve.
On March 20, 2007, Duncan’s father, Republican Congressman Duncan L. Hunter announced that as part of his 2008 presidential campaign, he would not seek re-election to the House of Representatives in 2008. Duncan D. Hunter announced his candidacy for his father’s seat and on June 3, 2008, won the Republican primary to replace his father. He defeated the Democratic nominee, fellow Iraq War veteran Michael D. Lumpkin, in the general election and succeeded his father in Congress. He became the first combat veteran of either Iraq or Afghanistan to serve in the U.S. Congress. As of 2014, he was one of 17 veterans of the Iraq War serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Hunter was re-elected to the seat in 2010. After redistricting following the 2010 United States Census, Hunter ran for re-election in the neighboring 50th Congressional district. He was elected to the new seat in 2012 and 2014. In Congress, Hunter has focused on military, foreign affairs and veterans issues. He serves on the Armed Services, Education and the Workforce and Transportation and Infrastructure committees, chairing the Transportation Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.