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 bringing child predators and drug smugglers to justice. 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.

"As Mayor of San Clemente, I got things done by rejecting extremism and putting partisan politics aside. My mission is simple: a safer, brighter future for your family and mine."

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From keeping costs and crime down as Mayor of San Clemente to rooting out political corruption as a prosecutor, Chris has spent his whole career fighting to keep the promise of the California Dream alive. And that’s exactly what he’ll do for us in Sacramento. ​ In the Assembly, Chris Duncan will deliver for us – tougher gun safety laws, fully fund police, homeless solutions that work, lower taxes for the middle-class and steadfast support for woman’s reproductive rights.

Chris is running in the new 74th Assembly District which covers South Orange County and North County San Diego County. It includes the cities of Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Oceanside, Vista, and the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base.  ​ 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.