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Rep. Susan Davis (D)

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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-2040

Address: 1526 LHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (619) 280-5353

Address: 2700 Adams Avenue, San Diego CA 92116-1367

Susan Davis Staff
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Susan Davis Biography
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  • Elected: 2000, 7th term.
  • District: California 53
  • Born: Apr. 13, 1944, Cambridge, MA
  • Home: San Diego
  • Education:

    U. of CA, B.A. 1964, U. of NC, M.A. 1968

  • Professional Career:

    Devel. assoc., KPBS Radio, 1980-82.; Exec. dir., Aaron Price Fellows, 1990-94.

  • Political Career:

    San Diego School Bd., 1983-92; CA Assembly, 1994-2000.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Jewish

  • Family: Married (Steven); 2 children

Susan Davis, a Democrat first elected in 2000, is a low-profile member who avoids the media spotlight and splashy speeches for C-SPAN viewers in favor of working quietly behind the scenes on issues that range from women’s health to allowing more voting by mail. Read More

Susan Davis, a Democrat first elected in 2000, is a low-profile member who avoids the media spotlight and splashy speeches for C-SPAN viewers in favor of working quietly behind the scenes on issues that range from women’s health to allowing more voting by mail.

Davis grew up in Richmond, Calif., the daughter of a pediatrician. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and got a degree in social work at the University of North Carolina. After she married, she and her husband lived for a time in Japan while he served as an Air Force doctor during the Vietnam War. In 1972, they moved to San Diego. She was a producer for a local television station while also volunteering in civic groups, including as president of the local League of Women Voters. In 1983, she was elected to the San Diego school board. In 1994, she won the first of three terms in the California Assembly, where she chaired the Consumer Protection Committee.

Facing term limits, Davis in 2000 challenged U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray, a Republican who had won three close elections. She portrayed him as too conservative for the district, though he took liberal and moderate positions on abortion rights and environmental protection. But Bilbray had voted with conservatives to impeach President Bill Clinton in 1998, and Davis attacked him as well for supporting bills that would deny citizenship to U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. The AFL-CIO ran so much advertising on her behalf that Davis asked the union to stop. Daviswon 50%-46%, and has been reelected easily. Bilbray returned to Congress in June 2006 when he won a special election in the neighboring 50th District, though he lost his seat a second time in 2012.

In the House, Davis has a liberal voting record but tends to be more centrist on foreign policy. Assigned to the Armed Services and Education and the Workforce committees, she set herself priorities that have included higher military pay, increased aid for school districts with a large military presence, increased student loans, and incentives for better teachers. She angered organized labor by voting to give President George W. Bush wide authority to negotiate international trade deals, which unions opposed. She called the vote “agonizing,” but one that served the interests of a city that has been built on trade. Organized labor rescinded its endorsement of her. She joined with several other Democrats in 2012 to sponsor a bill ensuring that pregnant women are not forced out of jobs unnecessarily or denied reasonable job modifications that would allow them to continue working.

On Armed Services, she also has been active on women’s health issues. She sought to amend the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill to cover abortions for military women who were victims of rape, but the Rules Committee blocked the move. She supported President Barack Obama’s troop buildup in Afghanistan in 2009, but cautioned that greater civilian support and involvement from U.S. allies was essential. In 2009, as chairman of Armed Services’ Personnel Subcommittee, she helped secure a higher military pay raise than Obama requested.

On the House Administration Committee, she proposed allowing universal voting by mail in federal elections. A consumer-related bill she introduced in September 2012 required Internet companies to disclose whether they are adjusting a product or service’s price based on the consumer’s personal information. Some companies use such information, including a consumer’s browser history, without their knowledge to raise or lower their prices.

Davis has been reelected with ease. She received an unusual amount of attention in 2012 when she filed a lawsuit to try to recover $160,000 in campaign funds that were siphoned by her one-time campaign treasurer, who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $7 million from Davis and other California lawmakers.

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Susan Davis Election Results
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2012 General (Top-Two General)
Susan Davis (D)
Votes: 164,825
Percent: 61.43%
Nick Popaditch
Votes: 103,482
Percent: 38.57%
2012 Primary (Top-Two Primary)
Susan Davis (D)
Votes: 70,462
Percent: 57.81%
Nick Popaditch
Votes: 51,423
Percent: 42.19%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (62%), 2008 (68%), 2006 (68%), 2004 (66%), 2002 (62%), 2000 (50%)
Susan 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 76 (L) : 22 (C) 71 (L) : 28 (C) 76 (L) : 23 (C)
Social 87 (L) : 7 (C) 71 (L) : 28 (C) 73 (L) : 25 (C)
Foreign 77 (L) : 22 (C) 71 (L) : 27 (C) 64 (L) : 33 (C)
Composite 81.5 (L) : 18.5 (C) 71.7 (L) : 28.3 (C) 72.0 (L) : 28.0 (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
FRC00
LCV9794
CFG1217
ITIC-83
NTU1313
20112012
COC44-
ACLU-84
ACU04
ADA8085
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: Y
    • 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: Y
    • 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: Y
    • Year: 2007
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