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Rep. Danny Davis (D)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-5006

Address: 2159 RHOB, DC 20515

Websites: davis.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (773) 533-7520

Address: 2746 West Madison Street, Chicago IL 60612-2040

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Cohen, Ira
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Harvey, Nicole
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Johnson, Cora
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Logan, Cherita
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Moorer, Gerard
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Overton, Crystal
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Peters, Joseph
Legislative Correspondent; Legislative Assistant
Reese, Harry
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Smith, Marquetta
Special Projects Assistant
Smith, Shonna
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Ware, Josie
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Overton, Crystal
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Danny Davis Biography
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  • Elected: 1996, 9th term.
  • District: Illinois 7
  • Born: Sep. 06, 1941, Parkdale, AR
  • Home: Chicago
  • Education:

    AR AM&N Col., B.A. 1961, Chicago St. U., M.S. 1968, Union Inst., Ph.D. 1977

  • Professional Career:

    Teacher, Chicago Public Schls., 1962–69; Health Care Planner, 1969–79.

  • Political Career:

    Chicago city alderman, 1979–90; Cook Cnty. commissioner, 1990–96.

  • Ethnicity: Black/African American
  • Religion:

    Baptist

  • Family: Married (Vera); 2 children

Danny Davis, a Democrat first elected in 1996, is a liberal who is eager for political advancement. He has waged two unsuccessful campaigns for Chicago mayor and twice flirted with running for president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. He also sought to fill the Senate seat left vacant by President Barack Obama’s election before changing his mind. Read More

Danny Davis, a Democrat first elected in 1996, is a liberal who is eager for political advancement. He has waged two unsuccessful campaigns for Chicago mayor and twice flirted with running for president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. He also sought to fill the Senate seat left vacant by President Barack Obama’s election before changing his mind.

Davis grew up on a cotton farm in Arkansas, graduated from college in that state, then moved to Chicago and worked as a teacher, assistant principal, and guidance counselor in Chicago public schools. For 10 years, he ran a community health project on the West Side. He was elected alderman in the 29th Ward in 1979, and supported Mayor Harold Washington, the city’s first black mayor, in his notorious 1980s battles with white machine aldermen dubbed the “Council Wars.” In 1990, Davis was elected a Cook County commissioner.

In 1996, when Democratic Rep. Cardiss Collins retired after nearly 24 years in the House, Davis decided to run for the seat. His major opponents were 3rd Ward Alderman Dorothy Tillman, an ally of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, and 28th Ward Alderman Ed Smith. Daviscampaigned as a big government liberal, calling for a $7.60 minimum wage, affirmative action programs, and a nationalized health care plan. Davis won with 33%. He went on to win the general election with ease and has not faced a serious challenge since. However, he lost his 29th Ward committeeman post to a Daley-backed challenger in 2000.

In the House, Davis has a liberal voting record. He said in December 2012 that he planned to push for tax incentives for businesses that create jobs in inner-city communities and distressed rural areas. He has opposed income tax cuts, even when advocated by Democratic President Bill Clinton. On the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, he was a champion of organized labor as he worked with a bipartisan coalition that in 2006 enacted major changes in the Postal Service. He criticized a new Postal Service overhaul bill that passed the committee in September 2011, calling it “a glass half-empty approach that creates new bureaucracies, diminished congressional oversight, and continues to attack the worker rights of postal employees.”

His devotion to issues affecting the poor has won him respect even among Republicans. With his wife, Vera Davis, Davis in the mid-2000s supported a local program to increase the low share of black home ownership in his district by offering credit counseling and innovative forms of mortgage financing. With the view that everybody deserves a second chance, Davis has taken a deep interest in the problems of former convicts seeking to transition to the mainstream. He teamed with then-Rep. Mark Souder, a conservative Republican from Indiana, on a bill creating tax credits to encourage transitional housing and job training for former prisoners. It evolved into his Second Chance Act, which President George W. Bush signed into law in 2008. He offered an amendment in May 2012 to increase Second Chance program funding by $10 million, but it failed overwhelmingly in a floor vote.

In 2006, Davis sought to become Cook County Board president when incumbent John Stroger suffered a serious stroke. But Democratic committeemen overwhelmingly supported Stroger’s son, Todd, for the nomination. After the 2008 election, Davis campaigned publicly to win the support of Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich to fill the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Obama. Blagojevich called Davis his top choice, but Davis turned down what was bound to be viewed as a tainted appointment after Blagojevich was charged with trying to gain politically and personally from his power to make the appointment.

As a consolation prize, the Democratic House leadership gave Davis a seat on the Ways and Means Committee. He was an outspoken defender of the committee’s chairman, black New York Democrat Charles B. Rangel, during Rangel’s ethics scandal, and called the health care overhaul “good for black America.” Davis lost his seat on Ways and Means when Republicans took control of the House in 2011, but regained it in 2013.

In 2009, Davis weighed another bid for the Cook County board but ultimately did not run. After Daley announced in 2010 he would not seek reelection as mayor, Davis jumped into the race, collecting endorsements from 15 African-American aldermen. But with pressure mounting to settle on a single black candidate in early January, he endorsed former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, who had stressed her fundraising advantage over Davis. She eventually lost to former Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who is white.

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Danny Davis Election Results
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2012 General
Danny Davis (D)
Votes: 242,439
Percent: 84.64%
Rita Zak (R)
Votes: 31,466
Percent: 10.99%
John Monaghan (I)
Votes: 12,523
Percent: 4.37%
2012 Primary
Danny Davis (D)
Votes: 57,896
Percent: 84.48%
Jacques Conway (D)
Votes: 10,638
Percent: 15.52%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (82%), 2008 (85%), 2006 (87%), 2004 (86%), 2002 (83%), 2000 (86%), 1998 (93%), 1996 (83%)
Danny Davis Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 81 (L) : 19 (C) 89 (L) : - (C) 87 (L) : 13 (C)
Social 65 (L) : 35 (C) 85 (L) : - (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 79 (L) : 20 (C) 93 (L) : - (C) 88 (L) : - (C)
Composite 75.2 (L) : 24.8 (C) 94.5 (L) : 5.5 (C) 90.3 (L) : 9.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100
LCV9183
CFG617
ITIC-58
NTU1216
20112012
COC31-
ACLU-92
ACU40
ADA9595
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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