TN politician comments on Congressman Duncan’s retirement

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett (via News Sentinel)

“I am grateful for Congressman Duncan’s friendship, and I appreciate the years of service he and his family have dedicated to our community… He has been a consistent, conservative voice for the 2nd District, and he’s represented us well. Few families have made a bigger impact in East Tennessee than the Duncan family, and I have no doubt they will continue to make a difference.

In an interview after Duncan’s announcement, Burchett declined to say whether he intends to run for Duncan’s seat. “I’ll still be making my announcement on Saturday,” he said. “I think it’s time we reflected on Congressman Duncan and his family’s service to our community.”

State Rep. Jimmy Matlock

“We just learned of the announcement by Congressman Jimmy Duncan not to seek another term of office. I can think of no one who has conducted himself in a more statesmanlike, humble manner. In over 30 years of working with him, I’ve never been around an individual who woke up every day with such zeal to serve his constituents. He has set the bar so high that we will have a difficult task of trying to meet that level of devotion and character in our district and in our nation. I wish to give a heartfelt thank you to Congressman Duncan from myself and my family for his years of service.”

Gov. Bill Haslam

“I want to thank Jimmy Duncan for his outstanding service to the citizens of the 2nd Congressional District. Crissy and I are grateful for our friendship with Jimmy and Lynn and we look forward to continuing to work together for the next year and half. As governor, and as a constituent of his district, I am very grateful for his service to our state and our country.”

Sen. Bob Corker

“My friend Jimmy Duncan has represented the people of the 2nd District well for more than three decades in Congress,” said Corker. “I appreciate his no-nonsense, principled approach to public service and will sincerely miss his leadership and voice as a member of our delegation. I wish him, his wife, Lynn, and their family all the best as they prepare to enter this next chapter of their lives.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander

“I am proud that Jimmy Duncan has served Tennessee’s 2nd district and been my congressman for nearly three decades – and has been recognized as the most conservative member of the House for about that long. No one has done a better job of staying in touch with his constituents than Jimmy has. He has dedicated his life to service – both in Congress and as a member of the Army National Guard – and Honey and I thank Jimmy and Lynn and their family for their dedication to our state.”

Congressman Duncan was Alexander’s campaign chairman when he ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014.

Rep. Phil Roe

“Congressman Duncan is a dear friend, and Tennesseans are fortunate to have had him serve for nearly three decades… Jimmy is an independent thinker, a hard worker and a true patriot. He will be missed around the Hill, but I know he’ll enjoy retirement and spending time with his family. I wish him well.”

2 Responses to TN politician comments on Congressman Duncan’s retirement

  • Bob Miles says:

    Thanks goes out to Duncan for his service to the 2nd congressional district, but Alexander’s comment that Duncan has been the most conservative congressman in DC is not correct.

  • Not just the Second District, but all of East Tennessee loses a steadfast friend in Congress with the retirement of Jimmy Duncan. He has articulated our East Tennessee conservative attitudes so very well. Jimmy is is own man, too, which we appreciate Thank you for a lifetime of dedicated public service.

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