Chris Duncan is a third-generation Californian, accomplished local mayor, former federal prosecutor, and a father of three. Now, Chris is running to represent our community in the Assembly to put the middle-class first, lower costs for working families, and ensure all our children grow up safe with real opportunity.
A graduate of California public schools, Chris’s 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.
As the Mayor of San Clemente and a City Councilmember before that, Chris has made his city safer, protected a woman’s right to choose, prioritized smart growth and affordable housing, worked to create jobs, invested in clean energy, and helped small businesses survive the pandemic. Hailed for being a bridge-builder and a problem solver, Chris has earned a reputation for his bipartisan accomplishments and delivering real results.
Called to public service after 9/11, Chris Duncan spent more than 16 years as a federal prosecutor under both Democratic and Republican administrations, going after political corruption, corporate wrongdoing, and domestic terrorism. While working as a Senior Attorney at U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the Department of Homeland Security, Chris won several awards for his work penalizing foreign companies for trade violations, rooting out government corruption, and training hundreds of special agents on how to spot and report ethical violations.
During his career as a homeland security professional, Chris has focused on a wide range of topics, including immigration, customs, civil and criminal investigations, intellectual property protection, ethics, labor, and disclosure of information. Additionally, Chris served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, where he helped recover millions of dollars for U.S. businesses who were victims of unfair trade practices by foreign governments and corporations.