House Republican Quitting

( – The announcement of this Representative retiring from the House comes amid a particularly challenging and low-yield congressional session.

Representative Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) has announced his decision to retire from the House at the end of his current term, joining a growing list of lawmakers opting not to seek re-election.

Duncan, 58, who has been a significant figure in Congress since his election in 2010 during the Tea Party movement, expressed a desire for new leadership and fresh perspectives in South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. In his statement, Duncan emphasized the importance of stepping aside for others to contribute new ideas and energy to the ongoing fight for liberty, marking an end to his tenure as a representative.

This announcement follows a previous statement in September where Duncan mentioned his family was going through a difficult and private moment. Around the same time, there were reports of his wife filing for divorce and allegations of Duncan’s involvement in multiple affairs, as per The Laurens County Advertiser.

Before his congressional career, Duncan served in the South Carolina House of Representatives for eight years. In the U.S. House, he has been an active member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and chaired the Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security. A member of the House Freedom Caucus, Duncan has consistently presented himself as a fiscal conservative, advocating for significant spending cuts and tighter control of federal expenditure.

Duncan takes pride in his conservative voting record, highlighting his leadership in issues crucial to South Carolina and the nation, particularly in fiscal responsibility and American energy policy.

His departure adds to the 40 sitting lawmakers, including 18 Republicans, who have decided to step down or seek other offices, as reported by the House press gallery. Duncan’s exit is part of a broader trend in a Congress that has struggled with internal strife, particularly within the House GOP conference. The session has been marred by difficulties, including multiple ballots for Speaker, looming shutdown cliffs, potential economic default, and other legislative challenges.

Representing a solid Republican district, where former President Trump won by over 30 percentage points in 2020, Duncan’s retirement opens the door for new Republican leadership in a stronghold area.