Geoff Duncan Biography
Geoff Duncan is an American businessman and politician born on 1st April 1975. Is the 12th lieutenant governor of Georgia. He was a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives.
Before he was playing as college baseball for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Duncan played professional baseball for six years until a shoulder injury forced him to retire. He went into business and was elected to the Georgia House in 2012.
Geoff Duncan Age
Geoff Duncan is 43 years old as of 2018.
Geoff Duncan Net worth
Geoff Duncan has an estimated net worth of $15 million.
Geoff Duncan Education
Geoff Duncan attended Georgia Institute of Technology.
Geoff Duncan Wife
Geoff Duncan married Brooke Duncan with whom he met with in High School. The couples were blessed with three sons. Duncans family are active members of Browns Bridge Community Church in Cumming, Georgia.
Geoff Duncan Children
Geoff Duncan has three sons.
Geoff Duncan Business Career
Geoff Duncan started his business career as an ultimate business man to a full company operation of about 10, 000 square foot facility and employed over 100 people. But he eventually sold the company. He later became the chief executive officer for Wellview Health, a healthcare and wellness company. He went into business after playing baseball in college, he was elected to the Georgia House in 2012. After retiring from baseball, Duncan and his wife, Brooke, started a small marketing company out of their living room.
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Geoff Duncan started playing baseball when he was still in college, he played college baseball for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. He also played as professional baseball for six years until a shoulder injury forced him to retire. He played in Minor League Baseball for the Florida Marlins organization from 1996 through 2000.
Geoff Duncan Political Career
Geoff Duncan announced his candidancy for lieutant governor of Georgia on April 10 2017. He resigned from the Georgia House in September 2017 to focus on running for lieutenant governor in 2018. Duncan’s campaign was centered around his “Policy Over Politics” message and focused on ethics reform and fiscal conservatism. Duncan criticized large tax increases passed by the state legislature, including what is known as the Gas Tax, considered to be the largest tax increase in Georgia. This became a central issue during the campaign, as David Shafer led the conference committee that wrote the Gas Tax (HB 170) and fought for its passage in the Senate.
On May 22, 2018, Shafer received 48.9% of the vote in the Republican primary with Duncan coming in second place with 26.6%. Since no candidate received a majority of votes, the election then went to a runoff held on July 24. The runoff election focused largely on Shafer’s record at the capitol and a number of ethical questions surrounding his candidacy. Primarily, Shafer’s refusal to release his tax returns, a lawsuit alleging he received nearly $100,000 in free stock from a Georgia company, and a sexual harassment investigation accusing Shafer of “years long” harassment at the capitol. On July 24, Duncan defeated Shafer with 50.16% of the vote. He defeated Democratic nominee Sarah Riggs Amico in the general election, receiving nearly 52% of the vote and avoiding another runoff. He was inaugurated as lieutenant governor on January 14, 2019. He is the second Republican lieutenant governor in the state’s history.
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Geoff Duncan was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2012. heannounced he would run for lieutenant governor of Georgia on April 10, 2017. He resigned from the Georgia House in September 2017 to focus on running for lieutenant governor in 2018. … On July 24, he defeated Shafer with 50.16% of the vote.
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Geoff Duncan, a former pitching star in the Florida Marlins organization and with Georgia Tech and a former state representative from Cumming, qualified Tuesday in the race to be Georgia’s next lieutenant governor. Pledging to be the first “outsider” to win the No. 2 seat in state government, Duncan said Georgians have had enough with electing career politicians and want a thoughtful conservative who puts “policy over politics” to preside at the state Capitol. “As Georgia’s next Lieutenant Governor, I pledge to be a servant of the people and not the special interests,” said Duncan, who with his wife Brooke and three sons qualified at the State Capitol on Tuesday morning.
“Georgia voters are sick and tired of electing leaders who are beholden to special interests instead of what’s best for the people of Georgia.” Duncan, a longtime resident of Fulton and Forsyth counties who has also run two small businesses, completed two terms in the Georgia House and pledged that as Lieutenant Governor he would only serve two terms. “I was not a go-along-with the tax increases kind of Republican during my five years in the Legislature,” Duncan said. “I am also not one to make a career out of working for state government or off state government like my opponents. I will always put good policy over politics.” The GOP primary for lieutenant governor and other statewide and local elections is May 22.
Duncan, 42, was a star pitcher for Georgia Tech and then went on to pitch for the Florida Marlins for six seasons in its minor league and AAA levels before leaving due to a shoulder injury in 2001. He has been a small businessman, starting a small marketing firm and then becoming CEO of a healthcare technology startup. As lieutenant governor, Duncan said he would encourage state government to partner more with the private sector to solve the state’s challenges. “I like to call it the four ‘C’s’– churches, charities, corporations and citizens,” he said. “They are our untapped resources available to assist everything from those who don’t have health insurance to the homeless, broken families and students who can’t read. A government program isn’t always the solution.” In addition, Duncan pledged to improve on the tax cuts poised to pass the General Assembly this year to make Georgia more competitive with its neighbors.
“It’s great that we are cutting taxes, but if we are still not among the lowest in the Southeast then we will not help our citizens nor attract the jobs they need,” Duncan said. Duncan also pledged to be a leader in implementing far-reaching school choice programs for all students. “We are a Red State yet we are far behind in meeting the demands of voters, parents and students in giving them educational options,” he said. “This is going to take the kind of leadership I will provide in showing that school choice is good for everyone – parents, students,teachers and school systems.” To learn more about Duncan’s candidacy go to www.teamduncan.org.
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Three mainstays of the powerful board that oversees Georgia’s public colleges and universities were effectively ousted as Gov. Brian Kemp and his allies try to assert more control over the state’s higher education system. Kemp and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan leveraged a technical error Nathan Deal made in his last days as governor to challenge his appointment of three longtime members of the Board of Regents to new seven-year terms. The fallout of the move, which crystallized late Thursday, meant that Dean Alford, Don Leebern Jr. and Richard Tucker will soon no longer serve on the board, one of the most coveted assignments in state government. It’s not immediately clear when their terms will end.
Leebern, a Columbus liquor magnate and wealthy benefactor, is the board’s second-longest-serving member in state history, and he’s long been intertwined in every major decision involving the higher education system — particularly those involving his alma mater, the University of Georgia. The shake-up came after Duncan asserted last week that 64 board appointments made by Deal were not properly submitted, a maneuver that reflected a new power dynamic at the state Capitol just weeks after Deal’s second term in office ended. State law requires the Senate to approve a governor’s appointments to boards, commissions and bureaus — a vote that’s typically approved with little debate or controversy.
When appointments are made in between legislative sessions, the law mandates that the governor must “submit” to the Senate a list of the names. Deal’s office sent that list to Duncan on Jan. 14, the day the lieutenant governor was sworn into office. In a memo, Duncan attorney Regina Quick said the list wasn’t properly submitted because it was sent to the lieutenant governor before he took the oath of office. Instead, she wrote, the list should have gone to the secretary of the state Senate, who is the de facto leader of the chamber before a presiding officer is sworn in. Kemp’s new list of appointments, released late Thursday to the state Senate, excluded Deal’s lame-duck picks as regents. Some see it as a message that Kemp is frustrated with the way the higher education system operates, though his allies say there’s no broader motive behind the move.
A spokeswoman for the University System of Georgia declined to comment on the shake-up, as did Kemp’s office. In an interview, the 81-year-old Leebern said he hasn’t talked to Kemp and doesn’t plan to do so. But he said he’ll attend the next regents meeting Tuesday. The governor also didn’t resubmit several other Deal appointments to influential boards and commissions, though he did include David Herring, the former head of the state’s executive security agency, who will remain on the state Board of Pardons and Parole. The machinations rubbed some lawmakers the wrong way. State Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, called it an “attack” on Deal’s legacy, and she criticized Duncan for pursuing the change while the ex-governor was recovering from back surgery at his North Georgia home.
Alford and Tucker are both veteran regents with business backgrounds and ties to the state’s GOP establishment. Neither could be reached for comment. But the highest-profile among the three belongs to Leebern, who was first appointed to the board in 1991 by Gov. Zell Miller, who tutored Leebern while he was a football player at UGA in the 1950s. Long a dominant figure on the board, Leebern remained a regent even as Republicans swept to power in Georgia, winning support from both Deal and Sonny Perdue. He had input in every major decision at UGA for much of the past three decades and was a central part in legendary feuds between UGA administrators and athletics officials in the early 2000s.
Leebern was one of the chief allies of then-UGA President Michael Adams during a tug of war over finances between him and supporters of Vince Dooley, who at the time was the school’s long-serving athletics director. In “Behind the Hedges,” a 2011 book recounting the struggle , journalist Rich Whitt wrote that Leebern pushed for Adams’ presidency “and was his chief defender each time Adams stubbed his toe.” In return, Whitt wrote, Leebern was given wide latitude to weather controversies that threatened his post. Among them was scrutiny for distributing a wine bearing the UGA logo in violation of regents policy and, against NCAA regulations, financing a posh weekend in New York for former members of the UGA gymnastics squad in 2004.
Leebern has also been a major contributor to Republican leaders. Campaign records show Leebern, his family and businesses donated about $100,000 to Deal’s two gubernatorial campaigns. The Leebern network hedged its bets in last year’s governor’s race, giving Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle $56,000 in contributions and Kemp $63,000. In the interview, Leebern said he was at ease with Kemp’s decision.“I don’t really have an issue with that,” Leebern said. “Whatever he wishes to do, I will understand.”