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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 73

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Chris Duncan

Homeland Security Attorney
27,993 votes (18.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensuring law enforcement agencies have the tools they need to keep our communities safe
  • Investing in public schools and ensuring funds are directed to the classroom, not bureaucracy
  • Combating climate change, ensuring cleaner air and water and protecting our coastline and oceans



Profession:Homeland Security Attorney
Assistant Chief Counsel and Senior Attorney, Department of Homeland Security (2003–2019)
Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA), Department of Homeland Security (2010–2010)


Georgetown University School of Law LL.M., International and Comparative Law (2002)
University of Hawaii at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law J.D., Law (2000)
Boston College B.A. (1997)


Chris Duncan is an accomplished Homeland Security attorney who has spent his career in public service bringing people together to keep our country safe with honesty and integrity. He’s running for the State Assembly to find common sense solutions to help California’s hard-working families thrive and protect the future of our communities.

A graduate of California public schools, Chris’ parents taught him the value of hard work, integrity and the importance of going against the grain to do the right thing. From an early age, he sought to bring people together to solve problems.

Throughout his career, Chris has put politics and partisanship aside to do what is best for our country and communities. He has fought for protecting our safety, ensuring our laws were fully and  justly enforced and defending our freedoms through consensus and hard work.

As a Senior Attorney at U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the Department of Homeland Security, Chris has served in both Republican and Democratic administrations and dedicated himself to strengthening our communities, protecting our borders and improving our quality of life.

He has focused on a wide range of topics, including immigration, customs, civil and criminal investigations, intellectual property protection, ethics, labor, and disclosure of information. He has won several awards for his work protecting our borders from terrorists, working with elected officials from both parties, government leaders, private businesses and outside organizations to get things done. Chris also took on governmental corruption, working to prosecute officials who put personal gain ahead of their duties, and trained hundreds of law enforcement officers on how to spot and report corrupt practices.

Additionally, Chris served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, where he prosecuted criminal and national security cases. He helped recover millions of dollars for U.S. businesses who were victims of unfair trade practices by foreign corporations and governments. He convicted numerous criminals, including in a case involving a violent assault on a Border Patrol Agent, and worked with federal and state law enforcement officers to intercept and dismantle a major human trafficking organization.

Chris holds law degrees from Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Hawaii School of Law and graduated with honors from Boston College. He lives in San Clemente with his wife, Haley, who runs a small business, and his three kids, who attend local public schools.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $57,782

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of Stein, Shostak, Shostak, Pollack & O'Hara, LLP
Employees of Clinical Health Technologies
Employees of U.S. Government
Employees of Arbonne International
Employees of Platt Partners
Employees of Trusted Financial Advisors

More information about contributions

By State:

California 86.27%
Hawaii 2.34%
Virginia 1.81%
District of Columbia 1.63%
Other 7.96%

By Size:

Large contributions (95.67%)
Small contributions (4.33%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Chris is running to represent South County in the Assembly to continue his work in public service and improve the safety and economic prosperity of our communities. Chris believes Sacramento has become too partisan and isn’t focused on what’s best for the people of California.

Chris has put partisanship aside to protect our country over his entire career, working with administrations of both parties in the Department of Homeland Security and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He’ll bring the same approach to Sacramento, working with Democrats and Republicans to do what’s best for Orange County and the state of California.

Instead of partisan fighting, he’ll focus on independent, common sense solutions that get real results on the issues that impact South County families most.


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