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Address: 1740 LHOB, DC 20515
Phone: (217) 403-4690
Address: 2004 Fox Drive, Champaign IL 61820-7336
Phone: (217) 791-6224
Fax: (217) 791-6168
Address: 243 South Water Street, Decatur IL 62523-1430
Phone: (217) 824-5117
Fax: (217) 824-5121
Address: 108 East Market Street, Taylorville IL 62568-2289
Phone: (618) 205-8660
Fax: (618) 205-8662
Address: 9 Junction Drive, Glen Carbon IL 62034-2931
Phone: (309) 252-8834
Address: 104 West North Street, Normal IL 61761-2532
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Rodney Davis BiographyBack to top
- Elected: 2012, 2nd term.
- District: Illinois 13
- Born: Jan. 05, 1970, Des Moines, IA
- Home: Taylorville
Milliken U., BA. 1992
- Professional Career:
Projects director, Rep. John Shimkus, 1997-2012; Exec. dir., Il Republican Party, 2011; Staff assisstant, Il Sec. of St., 1992-1996
- Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
- Family: Married (Shannon); 3 children
Republican Rodney Davis won a 2012 contest to replace the retiring GOP Rep. Tim Johnson. Davis' extremely narrow win made him one of the most heavily targeted Republicans in the 2014 cycle, but he won reelection with ease.
Davis was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but moved to Taylorville, Ill., when he was 7 years old, and has never left the area. His parents opened a McDonald’s franchise, where Davis pitched in to work before going to college. He said that the experience taught him about the challenges facing small business owners. His political science courses at Millikin University spurred an interest in holding public office. After graduating in 1992, Davis joined Illinois Secretary of State George Ryan’s staff. At the time, Ryan’s office was engaged in what was later exposed as massive fraud, illegally selling government licenses. But Davis denied knowing of the scheme. “I doubt (Ryan) would even know who I was,” he told The State Journal-Register of Springfield.
Davis moved on after four years with Ryan, and got his first campaign experience at 25, running for the Illinois legislature in 1996. He lost, but jumped back into the fray quickly, managing U.S. Rep. John Shimkus’ first reelection bid in 1998. Although he took time off to unsuccessfully run for mayor of his hometown in 2000, Davis stayed in Shimkus’ district office until he quit in May 2012. During those years, he was the lawmaker’s project coordinator, securing local, federal, and private funding for public works projects. “He’s great at finding the right mix of funding to move a project forward,” Shimkus told the Springfield weekly Illinois Times.
When Johnson announced he was retiring from Congress shortly after winning his primary for reelection, Illinois GOP leaders chose Davis in May to replace him on the ballot. They were impressed by Davis’ fundraising acumen. In 2011, he served as the executive director of the Illinois Republican Party and managed to pay off the organization’s $300,000 debt. (Democrats were suspicious: A billionaire couple had given a number of $10,000-or-less donations to various county GOP organizers, totaling $200,000, and the organizations later transferred $120,000 to the Illinois GOP. The Democratic National Committee charged that Davis organized a money-laundering scheme to circumvent federal donation limits, which he denied. No charges were filed.)
In the general election, Davis faced Democrat David Gill, an emergency room physician. Davis promoted his work on the board of education for his local church and as the athletic director of the school his three children attend. He stressed the need to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care reform law and to cut government spending, though he made an exception for federal Pell Grants (the district has several colleges and universities). Both men—and their parties—waged fierce negative attacks over the airwaves, prompting Johnson at one point to tell both of them to stop it. Davis raised more money than Gill, and he eked out a victory, 46.5% to 46.2%.Show Less