At a Glance
- Career History: Former chairman of the Republican National Committee (since 2007-2009);General Counsel, Republican National Committee (2002 to 2007); Treasurer, Republican National Comittee (2001 to 2002); Regional chairman,George W. Bush presidential campaign (1999 to 2000)
- Hometown: Oneida, Tennessee and McCreary County, Kentucky
- Alma Mater: Cumberland College; University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., 1974
- Spouse: Joanne
- Office: Republican National Committee310 First StreetWashington, D. C. 20003202-863-8500
Path to Power
Robert "Mike" Duncan may have been born in Oneida, Tennessee, but he's a Kentucky boy at heart.
His father owned and operated a country store in McCreary County, Kentucky, where the young Duncan began his early education in politics. People would come to the store and talk about politics. At the age of 8, Duncan's political career began when he campaigned with an uncle who was running for superintendent of schools. "When I grew up, in our home, we talked about who the Cabinet officers were and the issues of the day."
As a former banker, Duncan is a strong voice on economic issues and has spoken at length about the importance of Republican fiscal responsibility. He also advocates an expanded approach to technology for the party, arguing that Republicans need to match the ability of Democrats to use the Internet to organize and raise money.
Like any good Republican, Duncan is a fiscal conservative. In the run up to the 2008 elections he said Republicans should promote a low tax, low spending agenda to correct mistakes the party made in 2006.
As chairman of American Crossroad's, Duncan is working with Karl Rove (who he's known since college), and well-known GOP operatives Steven Law and Carl Forti.
Among Duncan's allies are some of the biggest Republican money men in Washington. He has served on the campaigns of five presidents, including George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush (who calls him "Dunc").