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Jeff Duncan to retire from Congress next year

South Carolina Republican has been a GOP leader on energy issues

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., announced he will not seek another term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., announced he will not seek another term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan has become the latest Republican to announce plans to retire at the end of the 118th Congress, which expires next January.

“I am proud of my conservative voting record and the opportunities over these 14 years to lead the state and nation on many issues important to South Carolina and the United States, especially in fiscal responsibility and American energy,” Duncan said in a statement. “At some point in a career, one needs to step aside and allow others to bring fresh ideas and abilities into the fight for liberty, just as I have.”

Duncan, who has chaired the Energy, Climate, and Grid Security subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, has long focused on energy policy. He has supported less regulation of domestic oil and gas industries and often criticized the extent of the Biden administration’s promotion of renewables.

“After 9/11, I felt a calling to serve my state or nation in some capacity. Serving in both the South Carolina State Legislature and the United States House of Representatives has been the culmination of that calling. I am blessed to have worked with amazing men and women in Congress. None have been more impressive than my D.C. and district staff, serving the constituents of the Palmetto State with efficiency and dedication,” Duncan said in announcing he would not seek an eighth term.

Duncan represents a conservative district in upstate South Carolina. He was unopposed in 2022 and has regularly won with more than 70 percent of the vote in years he sought reelection.

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