Duncan Hunter Background
Western State University, B.S.L. & J.D., 1976
Formally declared candidacy Jan. 25, 2007Formally withdrew candidacy Jan. 19, 2008
U.S. Representative from California, 1981-present
Chair, House Armed Services Committee, 2003-2007
Attorney, private practice, 1976-1980
U.S. Army, 1969-1971
Spouse: Lynne Hunter
Children: Duncan Duane Hunter, Sam Hunter
Jan. 19, 2008
Hunter drops out of GOP presidential race
July 27, 2007
Hunter on a Mission to Bolster Defense
Des Moines Register
July 13, 2007
Duncan Hunter's Toughest Fight Yet
Los Angeles Times
June 28, 2006
Bill Would Have Feds Take Over Cross, Land
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 15, 2006
Feds Now Control Mount Soledad Cross Site
Copley News Service
May 23, 2007
Rep. Duncan Hunter: 'I Will Never Abandon Israel'
Hunter Religious Biography
In His Own Words
"God still loves this nation. We are still a people of character and strength and kindness."
Speech, Jan. 25, 2007
Duncan Hunter has been a Southern Baptist since birth and remains an active worshipper in that tradition.
According to Roy Tyler, Hunter's press secretary, the candidate was "born again" – or converted in a way that Baptists regard as saving grace – at age 14. Tyler added that Hunter fulfilled what he felt was a sense of dual duty to both God and country by enlisting in the U.S. Army at age 21 and serving in the Vietnam War.
In the 1970s, Hunter accompanied his parents on a trip to the Holy Land where, Tyler says, they made a point to walk where Jesus had walked, and ever since, Hunter has been a committed advocate for the state of Israel. In May 2007, Hunter pledged, "I will never, never, never abandon Israel" at an event organized by broadcaster and Christian Zionist John Hagee.
Today, Hunter serves on the advisory board of Rescue Task Force, a Christian nonprofit organization based in his California congressional district, which is committed to addressing material needs in disaster areas. He attends First Baptist Church of Alpine in California. Tyler says Hunter usually visits a Protestant church for worship when he is traveling on a Sunday.
If elected president, Hunter would be the fifth Baptist to occupy the White House.
Sept. 19, 2008
Trends in Presidential Candidate Preferences Among Religious Groups
New charts tracking Pew Research Center surveys show trends in support of Barack Obama and John McCain by white evangelicals, black Protestants and other religious groups. The charts will be updated as new surveys are released in the coming months.
Sept. 6, 2007
Clinton and Giuliani Seen as Not Highly Religious; Romney's Religion Raises Concerns
A September survey finds that religion is not proving to be a clear-cut positive in the 2008 presidential campaign. The candidates viewed by voters as the least religious among the leading contenders are front-runners Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani, while voters still express concern about Mitt Romney's Mormon faith. Read more about the 2008 election and religion.
Read the report
June 18, 2007
Analysis of Candidates' Potential Support among Religious Groups
A survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press examines potential support for the Democratic presidential candidates among Democratic and Democratic-leaning members of two religious groups: white Catholics and white mainline Protestants.