Duncan Statement on Census Nomination

August 9, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s recent nomination of Dr. Steven Dillingham to be the Director of the Census at the Department of Commerce for the remainder of a five-year term expiring December 31, 2021:

“I am very pleased that President Trump has announced the recent nomination Dr. Steven Dillingham to be Director of the Census. South Carolina has such a strong presence at the national level, and I believe Dr. Dillingham would be a great addition to that. Not only was Dr. Dillingham born and raised in South Carolina, he also earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees there before moving into public service.

“Dr. Dillingham’s professional background, including being the Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, gives him the right skill set to navigate the important role of overseeing the implementation of the census. Having this leadership position filled by an unbiased, qualified professional who values law and order is of the utmost importance. I have full confidence in Dr. Dillingham’s leadership abilities, and I would like to congratulate him on his presumptive nomination.”

Background (courtesy of the White House):

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Post

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration:

Steven Dillingham of Virginia, to be the Director of the Census at the Department of Commerce for the remainder of a five-year term expiring December 31, 2021.

Dr. Dillingham serves as Director of the Office of Strategic Information, Research, and Planning for the Peace Corps.  Previously, he served as Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.  Dr. Dillingham also directed research and planning for the Department of Justice Trustee Program and Office of Personnel Management.  Prior to entering public service, Dr. Dillingham was the Deputy Director for the National District Attorneys Association and Administrator of the American Prosecutors Research Institute.  He earned his B.A. at Winthrop University; J.D., M.P.A., and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina; M.B.A. from George Washington University; and LL.M. from Georgetown University.  Dr. Dillingham was a career member of the Federal Senior Executive Service and is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resource Management.