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Robert M. "Mike" Duncan

Mike Duncan
Chairman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships
Former Chair Republican National Committee
Kentucky Public Service Hall of Fame

Mike Duncan is the 17th chairman of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Appointed by President Donald J. Trump in 2017, Mr. Duncan leads one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.

In addition, Mr. Duncan, a 40-year political strategist and veteran of Republican politics, served as the 60th chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 2007-2009. As RNC Chairman, he raised an unprecedented $428 million dollars and grew the donor base to 1.8 million – more donors than at any time in RNC history.

Mr. Duncan’s service in the federal government includes working in the President George H.W. Bush White House as assistant director in the Office of Public Liaison and being nominated by President George W. Bush to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) board, a position to which he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in March 2006. Mr. Duncan served as TVA board chairman from 2009-2010.

Mr. Duncan’s professional journeys have also taken him abroad. Mr. Duncan met with ambassadors and heads of state to study the effects of formation of the European Union as a representative on the President’s Commission on Executive Exchange and taught democracy to former communist leaders through the International Republican Institute. Today, Mr. Duncan is an active participant in the U.S. China High Level Political Party Leaders Dialogue, which is sponsored by the EastWest Institute.

Mr. Duncan and his wife Joanne reside in Inez, KY where he serves as Chairman and CEO of the Inez Deposit Bank. Mr. Duncan holds degrees from Cumberland College and the University of Kentucky College of Law.