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August 1, 2017 11:45 AM, EDT

Rep. John Duncan Won’t Seek Re-election in 2018

Vice Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Has Served 15 Terms

After 15 full terms, Rep. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) is calling it a wrap in a statement he made to the Knoxville News Sentinel. Duncan is vice chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Rep. John Duncan

In June, Reps. Duncan and Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) introduced the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2017. The bipartisan legislation calls for reform that would allow for easier access to private funds for water infrastructure projects by local governments.

Duncan represents Tennessee’s 2nd Congressional District. Replacements for the seat are already being speculated. Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett announced he will be running for either a U.S. House seat or the U.S. Senate in 2018. Roll Call noted other potential candidates for the opening as Tennessee State Rep. Jimmy Matlock or Duncan’s sister, state Sen. Becky Duncan Massey.

The seat is located in a solid Republican district.