Robert L. Duncan

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Robert Lloyd Duncan
Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System
Assumed office
July 2014
Preceded by Kent Hance
Texas State Senator from District 28
In office
1997 – July 2014
Preceded by John T. Montford
Succeeded by Charles Perry
Texas State Representative from District 84
In office
Preceded by Warren Chisum
Succeeded by Carl Isett
Personal details
Born (1953-08-05) August 5, 1953 (age 64)
Vernon, Wilbarger County, Texas, USA
Political party Republican

(1) Lynne Stebbins (divorced)

(2) Terri Patterson Duncan

Marshall Formby (uncle)
Clint Formby (cousin)

Margaret Clark Formby (cousin's wife)

From first marriage:

Lindsey and Matthew Duncan
Residence Lubbock, Texas
Alma mater Texas Tech University
Profession Attorney

Robert Lloyd Duncan (born August 5, 1953) is the chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, based in Lubbock, Texas and a Republican former member of both houses of the Texas State Legislature.

Duncan served in the Texas State Senate from the 28th District, centered about Lubbock, from 1996, when he won a special election, until his resignation in July 2014, when he was named chancellor of the Texas Tech system. He previously served in the Texas House of Representatives from District 84 from his election in 1992 until 1996. On May 19, 2014, the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents named Duncan the sole finalist to succeed former U.S. Representative Kent Hance as the system chancellor.[1]


Duncan is the only son of the five children of Frank L. Duncan, a district conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Vernon, and the former Robena Formby, who married Joe King of San Marcos and later Roaring Springs after the death of Frank Duncan. Robena Duncan King was the sister of Marshall Formby, an attorney and radio station owner from Plainview in Hale County, who served as county judge of Dickens County, as a state senator from Lubbock (then District 30) from 1941 to 1945, and was thereafter an influential member of the Texas Highway Commission.[2] Marshall Formby was also an unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 1962, having lost out to John B. Connally, Jr. Duncan was a cousin of the late radio broadcaster Clint Formby of Hereford, Texas.

Duncan holds bachelor's and law degrees from Texas Tech University.[3] He practices law and is a partner at the Lubbock firm of Crenshaw Dupree & Milam, L.L.P. Duncan is married to the former Terri Patterson. He has two children from his first marriage to the former Lynne Stebbins, Lindsey and Matthew Duncan.[4] Duncan, along with colleagues Bob Deuell of Greenville, John Carona of Dallas, Kevin Eltife of Tyler, and Kel Seliger of Amarillo, is considered one of the most liberal of the nineteen (as of 2013) Texas Senate Republicans, according to an analysis by Mark P. Jones of the Political Science Department at Rice University in Houston. Jones also found that these Republicans saw passage of 90 percent of the bills for which they had voted.[5] In the 2014 primaries, Carona was narrowly defeated, and Deuell narrowly lost a runoff election with fellow Republican Bob Hall.[6]

Election history[edit]

Senate election history of Duncan.[7]

Most recent election[edit]


Texas general election, 2004: Senate District 28[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Robert Duncan (Incumbent) 176,588 100.00 +8.68
Majority 176,588 100.00 +17.37
Turnout 176,588 +34.85
Republican hold

Previous elections[edit]


Texas general election, 2002: Senate District 28[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Robert Duncan (Incumbent) 119,580 91.32 -8.68
Libertarian Jon Ensor 11,372 8.8 +8.68
Majority 108,208 82.63 -17.37
Turnout 130,952 +58.98
Republican hold


Texas general election, 1998: Senate District 28[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Robert Duncan (Incumbent) 82,368 100.00 +64.21
Majority 82,368 100.00 +71.58
Turnout 82,368 -32.78
Republican hold


Special Election Runoff: Senate District 28, Unexpired term[11]
10 December 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Robert Duncan 32,489 56.82 [12]+26.42
Democratic David R. Langston 24,686 43.18 +18.89
Majority 7,803 13.65
Turnout 57,175
Republican gain from Democratic
Special Election: Senate District 28, Unexpired term[11]
2 November 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dick Bowen 3,938 2.65
Republican Robert Duncan 45,106 30.41
Republican Monte Hasie of Lubbock 13,303 8.97
Republican Tim Lambert of Lubbock 18,885 12.73
Democratic David R. Langston of Lubbock 36,032 24.29
Democratic Lorenzo "Bubba" Sedeno 12,419 8.37
Democratic Gary L. Watkins of Odessa 18,652 12.57
Turnout 148,335


  1. ^ Ursch, Blake (May 19, 2014). "Duncan named sole finalist for Texas Tech chancellor". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Social Security Death Index". Retrieved April 2, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Crenshaw Dupree & Milam, L.L.P., Robert L. Duncan, (last accessed Sept. 21, 2009)". 
  4. ^ "Senator Robert Duncan's Biography". Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Enrique Rangel, "Why state Sen. Kel Seliger has a Republican primary challenger, February 24, 2014". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Republican primary election returns, March 4, 2014". Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ Uncontested primary elections are not shown.
  8. ^ "2004 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  9. ^ "2002 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  10. ^ "1998 General Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  11. ^ a b "1996 November Special Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  12. ^ Change from special election

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Kent Hance
Chancellor of Texas Tech University System
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Warren Chisum
Member of the Texas House of Representatives
from District 84 (Lubbock)

Succeeded by
Carl Isett
Texas Senate
Preceded by
John T. Montford
Texas State Senator
from District 28 (Lubbock)

Succeeded by
Charles Perry