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Biography

Elected: 2012, 2nd term.

Born: January 5, 1970, Des Moines, IA

Home: Taylorville, IL

Education: 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

Religion: Roman Catholic

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%.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-2371

(202) 226-0791

LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1740
Washington, DC 20515-1313

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-2371

(202) 226-0791

LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1740
Washington, DC 20515-1313

DISTRICT OFFICE

(217) 403-4690

(217) 403-4691

2004 Fox Drive
Champaign, IL 61820-7336

DISTRICT OFFICE

(217) 403-4690

(217) 403-4691

2004 Fox Drive
Champaign, IL 61820-7336

DISTRICT OFFICE

(217) 791-6224

(217) 791-6168

243 South Water Street Suite 100
Decatur, IL 62523-1430

DISTRICT OFFICE

(217) 791-6224

(217) 791-6168

243 South Water Street Suite 100
Decatur, IL 62523-1430

DISTRICT OFFICE

(217) 824-5117

(217) 824-5121

108 East Market Street
Taylorville, IL 62568-2289

DISTRICT OFFICE

(217) 824-5117

(217) 824-5121

108 East Market Street
Taylorville, IL 62568-2289

DISTRICT OFFICE

(618) 205-8660

(618) 205-8662

9 Junction Drive Suite 9
Glen Carbon, IL 62034-2931

DISTRICT OFFICE

(618) 205-8660

(618) 205-8662

9 Junction Drive Suite 9
Glen Carbon, IL 62034-2931

DISTRICT OFFICE

(309) 252-8834

104 West North Street
Normal, IL 61761-2532

DISTRICT OFFICE

(309) 252-8834

104 West North Street
Normal, IL 61761-2532

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

305 Beechwood Drive
Taylorville, IL 62568-9601

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

305 Beechwood Drive
Taylorville, IL 62568-9601

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Staff

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Abortion

Brittany Randall
Scheduler; Legislative Assistant

Agriculture

Tim Martin
Legislative Director

tim.martin@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-2371

Appropriations

Tim Martin
Legislative Director

tim.martin@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-2371

Budget

Tim Martin
Legislative Director

tim.martin@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-2371

Commerce

Ashley Phelps
Communications Director

Disaster

Ashley Phelps
Communications Director

Education

Ashley Phelps
Communications Director

Foreign

Frank Santana
Legislative Correspondent

Govt Ops

Jimmy Ballard
Legislative Correspondent

Gun Issues

Frank Santana
Legislative Correspondent

Health

Miles Chiotti
Legislative Assistant

Ashley Phelps
Communications Director

Human Rights

Brittany Randall
Scheduler; Legislative Assistant

Immigration

Ashley Phelps
Communications Director

Intelligence

Frank Santana
Legislative Correspondent

Internet

Ashley Phelps
Communications Director

Judiciary

Frank Santana
Legislative Correspondent

Military

Frank Santana
Legislative Correspondent

Religion

Brittany Randall
Scheduler; Legislative Assistant

Small Business

Ashley Phelps
Communications Director

Telecommunications

Ashley Phelps
Communications Director

Frank Santana
Legislative Correspondent

Transportation

Miles Chiotti
Legislative Assistant

Veterans

Ashley Phelps
Communications Director

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Rodney Davis
Votes: 137,034
Percent: 46.55%
David Gill
Votes: 136,032
Percent: 46.21%
John Hartman
Votes: 21,319
Percent: 7.24%

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