Last updated on: 3/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Duncan Hunter, JD Biography

Title:
US Representative (R-CA)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

On June 15, 2005, Duncan Hunter voted against H.AMDT.272 to the “Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006” (H.R.2862), “An amendment to prohibit any funds made available in the Act to the Department of Justice from being used to prevent the States of Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, or Washington from implementing State laws authorizing the use of medical marijuana in those States.”

“H.AMDT.272 to H.R.2862,” Library of Congress website, June 15, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • 2008 Republican Candidate for US President
  • U.S. Representative, California (52nd District), 1980-present
  • Chairman, House Armed Services Committee, 2003-2007
  • Chairman, Military Research & Development Subcommittee, 2001-2002
  • Trial Lawyer, 1976-1980
  • Lieutenant, United States Army, Vietnam (173rd Airborne and 75th Army Rangers), 1969-1971
  • Navy League
  • Congressional Jobs and Fair Trade Caucus
  • Co Chair, Congressional Task Force on Bowhunting
  • Co Chair, National Security Caucus
  • Republican Study Committee
  • Awarded Bronze Star, for service in 24 helicopter combat assaults
Education:
  • JD, Western State University Law School (now Thomas Jefferson School of Law), 1976
  • BS, Western State University, 1968
  • Attended, University of Montana, 1966-1967
  • Attended, University of California, Santa Barbara
Other:
  • 200 votes missed (27.6 percent of 725 total votes) during the 110th Congress (as of July 26, 2007)