After serving for more than a decade as Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction, this Republican Party politician was elected to the Oregon State Senate as a representative of his state's twelfth district.
Before beginning his careers in politics and education, he became a Colonel in the United States Army and earned degrees in education, administration, and management from Idaho State College; the University of Idaho; the University of Oregon; and the University of Portland.
He began his involvement in politics as Superintendent of Idaho's Butte County Public Schools and as an Idaho state legislator.
A native of McMinnville, Oregon, he is the nephew of District Attorney Leland Duncan and the grandson of school superintendent S.S. Duncan. He married Donna Nichols Duncan.
He allied himself with Mark Hatfield and other moderate, progressive Oregon Republican politicians.