The 2006 Hileman Award winner is United States Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. Congressman Duncan was born July 21, 1947, in Lebanon, Tennessee. After being raised in Knoxville and attending the area’s public schools, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Tennessee in 1969. He then attended the George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he earned a law degree in 1973.
In addition to his academic training, Congressman Duncan served in the United States Army National Guard. He enlisted in 1970 and rose to the rank of Captain before completing his service in 1987.
In 1973, Congressman Duncan established a private law practice in Knoxville with Zane Daniel. He was appointed State Trial Judge by Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander in 1981 and served in that capacity until 1988, when he was elected to Congress.
Congressman Duncan currently serves as Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee. He also holds seats on the House Committee on Resources, which retains jurisdiction over national parks and natural resources, and the House Committee on Government Reform.
In addition to his Washington office, Congressman Duncan maintains offices in Knoxville, Maryville, and Athens. He lives in Knoxville and is an Elder at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Congressman Duncan is married to the former Lynn Hawkins of Sewanee, Tennessee. They have four children and two grandchildren.