Paul Davis, Kansas Representative

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Paul Davis
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Current candidacy
Running for Governor of Kansas
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Kansas House of Representatives District 46
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
House Minority Leader
Compensation
Base salary$88.66/day
Per diem$129/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kansas (1995)
J.D.Washburn University School of Law (1997)
Personal
BirthdayJuly 12, 1972
Place of birthWoodland, California
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionUnited Church of Christ
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Paul Davis is a Democratic member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing District 46 and serving as Minority Leader. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Davis is running for Governor of Kansas in 2014. He formally launched his campaign on September 18, 2013.[1] Davis is seeking the Democratic nomination in the August 2014 primary and hopes to oust Republican incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback in the general election on November 4, 2014. He is sharing the ticket with lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Jill Docking, whom he chose as his running-mate on October 22, 2013.[1]


Davis earned his B.A. from the University of Kansas and his J.D. from Washburn University. His professional experience includes working as an attorney for Attorney, Skepnek, Fagan, Meyer and Davis, PA, for the Legislative and Ethics Counsel of the Kansas Bar Association and as Assistant Director of Government Affairs, Kansas Insurance Department.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Davis served on the following committees:

Kansas Committee Assignments, 2012
Legislative Budget

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Davis served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Davis served on the following committees:

Issues

Policy positions

Davis' answers to the Kansas State Legislative Election 2008 National Political Awareness Test are available.

In the test Davis listed his legislative priorities as "Comprehensive energy policy that focuses on wind development and other renewable sources, Health care reform that improves the accessibility and affordability of health * Insurance Committee, Kansas House of Representatives, Tax reform that closes loopholes and provides a more fair tax structure."[3]

  • H 2218 Healthy workplace act; abusive workplace environments. 02/04/2009
  • H 5003 Kansas constitutional amendment; equal rights; no discrimination based on sex. 01/23/2009
  • H 5007 Joint session for hearing message of supreme court. 02/13/2009
  • H 5014 Expanded rail service; Kansas City to Fort Worth, Texas; congratulating Kansas Department of Transportation and others; urging action. 03/17/2009[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Kansas gubernatorial election, 2014

Davis is running for the office of Governor of Kansas in 2014. He is unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the August 5 primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[1][5][6]

Polls

Governor of Kansas
Poll Sam Brownback* (R) Paul Davis (D)OtherWon't voteUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
CBS/NYT/YouGov (Without leaners)
(July 5-24, 2014)
47%37%3%3%2%+/--1,274
CBS/NYT/YouGov (With leaners)
(July 5-24, 2014)
52%40%3%3%2%+/--1,274
AVERAGES 49.5% 38.5% 3% 3% 2% +/-0 1,274
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Governor of Kansas
Poll Sam Brownback* (R) Paul Davis (D)Keen Umbehr(L)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA/KSN News Poll
(June 19-23, 2014)
41%47%5%7%+/-3.11,068
SurveyUSA/KSN News Poll
(July 23, 2014)
40%48%5%7%+/-2.91,208
AVERAGES 40.5% 47.5% 5% 7% +/-3 1,138
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Governor of Kansas
Poll Sam Brownback/Jeff Coyler (R) Paul Davis/Jill Docking (D)Third PartyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SurveyUSA Poll
(October 23-24, 2013)
39%43%12%6%+/-4.4511
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Race background

First term Republican Governor Sam Brownback is seeking re-election in 2014, re-teaming with his 2010 running mate and current Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer for the campaign.

On June 2, the filing window for Republican and Democratic candidates pursuing a place on the 2014 Kansas gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial ballot came to a close. One set of Republicans - led by landscape contractor Jennifer Winn - filed to take on the incumbent duo in the August 5 primary election. Meanwhile, Paul Davis, the state House Minority Leader, along with his running mate Jill Docking, were the only Democratic pair to enter the race, earning a free pass to the general election. Also joining the November lineup in advance of the primary election were Libertarian candidates Keen and Josh Umbehr. The father and son ticket knocked out a single set of opponents for their party's nomination at the Kansas Libertarian Party convention, which took place April 26, 2014.[7][8]

This contest is considered to be highly competitive; match-up polls and race ratings dating back to the fall of 2013 have continually underscored the legitimacy of Davis' threat to Brownback's chances of winning a second term in the 2014 general election. One of the first to declare Brownback's vulnerability was The Washington Post, which named Kansas as one of its top 15 gubernatorial races of 2014, citing Brownback's poor approval ratings as "well shy of 50%."[9] Indeed, Brownback's approval ratings had been hovering around 35% since January 2012.[10]

By July 2014, one month before the primary, Brownback's troubles crested when over 100 influential Republicans defected to Davis' side. The self-styled "Republicans for Kansas Values," comprised of GOP retirees and current officeholders, explained the unorthodox endorsement of Brownback's Democratic challenger was motivated by the governor's push for various steep cuts to education funding as well as tax cuts—resulting in a shortfall of $340 million in tax revenue for the 2014 fiscal year—despite fervent admonitions from the party's centrist contingent.[11] Rather than make it a partisan matter, the race "must be about electing a moderate, commonsense Kansan as governor," stated ex-state Senate president Dick Bond on behalf of the group.[12] Furthermore, the month of July brought the number of registered Republicans who say they would vote for Davis up to 29%, a five point increase from the previous month, according to successive SurveyUSA/KSN News polls, which also showed Brownback trailing Davis by six and eight points, respectively. A YouGov poll conducted contemporaneously over the internet was released soon thereafter and offered a starkly contrasting view of the race, giving Brownback a ten point lead over Davis, his biggest yet this cycle. Polling experts and representatives of each campaign commented on how the polls' differing methodologies can yield seemingly irreconcilable results. In this case, such disparities may cause many who follow the race to regard polls more skeptically as the election season progresses.[13]

Kansas is one of nine gubernatorial seats to be flagged as toss-ups or vulnerable for partisan switch in the 2014 cycle, based on polling data and projections courtesy of FiveThirtyEight, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball and Governing, among others, current as of July 2014.[14][15][16]


2012

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Davis won re-election in the 2012 election for Kansas House of Representatives District 46. He ran unopposed in the August 7 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[17]

2010

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Davis won re-election to the 46th District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. He was also unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[18]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Davis was re-elected to the 46th District Seat in the Kansas House of Representatives with no opposition.[19] He raised $29,074 for his campaign.[20]


Kansas House of Representatives, District 46
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Davis (D) 8,920 100%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Davis is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Davis raised a total of $218,104 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 14, 2013.[21]

Paul Davis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Kansas State House, District 46 Won $69,073
2010 Kansas State House, District 46 Won $62,562
2008 Kansas State House, District 46 Won $29,074
2006 Kansas State House, District 46 Won $23,601
2004 Kansas State House, District 46 Won $33,794
Grand Total Raised $218,104

2012

Davis won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Davis raised a total of $69,073.
Kansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Davis, Kansas Representative's campaign in 2012
Kansas Association of Insurance Agents$1,250
Chance, Lynann & Haase, John$1,000
ITC Great Plains LLC$1,000
Farmers Insurance Group$1,000
Hy-Vee Inc$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$69,073
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Davis won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Davis raised a total of $62,562.

2008

Davis won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Davis raised a total of $29,074.

2006

Davis won re-election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Davis raised a total of $23,601.

2004

Davis won election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Davis raised a total of $33,794.

Scorecards

Kansas Freedom Index

The Kansas Policy Institute, Kansas’s "first free market think tank," releases its legislator scorecard as a part of its Kansas Freedom Index for Kansas state representatives and senators once a year. The Score Card gives each legislator a score from 1%-100% based on how they voted in the prior legislative term on specific issues which the Kansas Policy Institute thought were pro-limited government policies.[22]

2013

Paul Davis received a score of 36.0% in the 2013 index.[23]

Personal

Davis is a member of the Lawrence Rotary Club, Healthcare Access Incorporated, and the Kansas Bar Association.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Topeka Capital-Journal, "Davis launches Democratic campaign for Kansas governor," September 17, 2013
  2. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Paul Davis Biography
  3. Kansas State Legislative Election 2008 National Political Awareness Test
  4. Kansas Legislature - Bills Introduced by Member
  5. The Huffington Post, "Paul Davis Likely To Challenge Sam Brownback For Kansas Governor," August 2, 2013
  6. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named gov14
  7. The Wichita Eagle, "Physician campaigning as Libertarian dad’s running mate in Kansas governor’s race," May 22, 2014
  8. Keen For Kansas, "Home," accessed October 6, 2013
  9. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top 15 gubernatorial races of 2014," November 15, 2013
  10. Kansas City Star, "Surveys find a hint of election vulnerability in Gov. Sam Brownback," October 29, 2013
  11. The New York Times, "Kansas Democrats Turn to Data in Governor's Race," July 30, 2014
  12. The Washington Post, "More than 100 Republicans endorse Democrat against Kansas Gov. Brownback (R)," July 15, 2014
  13. The Wichita Eagle, "Polls on the Kansas governor's race vary widely," July 26, 2014
  14. University of Virginia Center for Politics, "2014 Governor," accessed July 30, 2014
  15. Governing, "2014 Governors Races: A Look at the Too-Close-to-Call Contests," March 6, 2014
  16. FiveThirtyEight, "Governors’ Races Are Close, But There’s More Upside For Democrats," July 17, 2014
  17. C-SPAN, "Kansas - Summary Vote Results," accessed August 7, 2012
  18. Kansas Secretary of State, "2010 General Election - Official Vote Totals," accessed March 29, 2014
  19. Kansas Secretary of State, "2008 General Election - Official Vote Totals," accessed March 29, 2014
  20. Follow the Money, "Kansas 2008 - General Election Results," accessed March 29, 2014
  21. followthemoney.org, "Davis, Paul," accessed June 14, 2013
  22. Kansas Policy Institute, "Freedom Index," accessed March 31, 2014
  23. 2013 Kansas Policy Index
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