Family Values

Becky Duncan Massey is a Knoxville native. She and her husband, Morton, have been married since 1976, with both earning bachelor’s degrees from the University of Tennessee. They are proud parents  of two adult daughters, Courtney and Kristen, and granddaughter Bailey. The Masseys are members at NewLife Gathering Church.



  • Former: Sertoma Center Executive Director for 25 years
    • Managed $9 million budget and over 200 employees
    • Served over 100 adults with disabilities
    • Provided Vocational and Life Skills Training, Employment and Housing
  • Dogwood Arts Festival Events Director
  • American Savings and Loan Vice President 
  • Walters State Community College Adjunct Professor



Board of Directors
(current and former)
  • Habitat for Humanity State Board
  • University of Tennessee College of Nursing
  • Tennessee Community Organizations: Past President
    • Akima Club of Knoxville
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee
    • Overlook Mental Health Center
    • UT Knoxville Alumni Chapter
  • Dogwood Arts Festival: Co-Chair 1992 Festival
  • Leadership Tennessee
  • Leadership Knoxville 
  • Knoxville Downtown Sertoma Club
  • Rocky Hill Girls Softball Coach
  • Rocky Hill PTA
  • Girl Scouts Leader
  • Republican Executive Committee
  • Republican National Convention Delegate: 1992
  • Alpha Omicron Pi Outstanding Alumnae


Becky grew up in Holston Hills where the Duncan family always participated in service to help their community. Her late father, John J. Duncan Sr., served as Mayor of Knoxville from 1959-1964 and as a U.S. congressman from 1964-1988. Her brother, John J. Duncan Jr., also served as a U.S. congressman from 1988-2018. The Duncan family have continued to devote a life of service to their community, their state and their country.



  • Elected Tennessee Senate, November 2011
  • Chair: Transportation and Safety Committee
  • Member: Health and Welfare Committee 
  • Chair: Knox County Delegation
  • Chair: Arts Caucus
  • Women in Government State Director
  • Vice Chair of NCSL Labor & Economic Development Committee
  • Member: Council of State Government Finance Committee
  • NCSL Maternal and Child Health Fellow
  • Henry Toll Fellow
  • National Taskforces
    • Workforce Development for People with Disabilities
    • Stay at Work/Return to Work
    • The Future of Work
  • Legislative Awards
    • Advocates for Women’s and Kids’ Equity
    • Girl Scouts Trefoil Society Honoree
    • Rural Health Association
    • Mental Health Champion
    • TN Primary Care Association
    • AARP Capitol Caregiver
    • Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association
    • The ARC Tennessee
    • Connecting for Children’s Justice
    • Tennessee Disability Coalition Hero
    • Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police
    • Tennessee Cancer Coaltion
    • Disability Rights in Tennessee