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Danny K. Davis
Danny K. Davis.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 7
In office
January 3, 1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 18
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1996
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Cook County Board of Commissioners
Chicago City Council Alderman, 29th Ward
Bachelor'sArkansas AM&N College (1961)
Master'sChicago State University (1968)
Ph.D.Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio (1977)
Date of birthSeptember 6, 1941
Place of birthParkdale, Arkansas
Office website
Campaign website
Danny K. Davis campaign logo
Daniel K. (Danny) Davis (b. September 6, 1941) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Davis was first elected by voters from Illinois' 7th congressional district in 1996. Davis is seeking re-election in 2012. He was endorsed over his opponent Jacques Conway.[1] Davis defeated Conway in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Davis is a "far-left Democrat".[3]


Born in Parkdale, Arkansas, on September 6, 1941, Davis moved to the Westside of Chicago in 1961, after having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arkansas A.M. & N. College. He subsequently earned both Masters and Doctorate degrees respectively from Chicago State University and the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. [4]


Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Davis serves on the following committees:[5]



A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[6] According to the report, Davis secured an $800,000 earmark in 2005 for a now-completed study that recommends building a deck over the Dwight D. Eisenhower Expressway in Oak Park, Ill. His home is 1.4 miles from the proposed project.[7]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Davis voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]



See also: Illinois' 7th congressional district elections, 2012

Davis won re-election in November.[9] Davis was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 7th District. On March 30, 2012 the 7th district was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting. [10] Davis is seeking re-election on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Davis was endorsed over his opponent Jacques Conway in the Democratic primary.[1] Both candidates are similar politically.[11]

The Chicago Tribune noted that Davis "seems more engaged lately, holding town hall meetings, advocating for equitable mass transit funding and working to find alternatives to the U.S. Postal Service's plan to close "underperforming" local post offices."[1] Davis has in recent years been criticized for having pushed to be Cook County Board president, throwing his name in the mix for the Obama Senate seat, and having considered a run for Chicago mayor, but in 2012 has been considered the "favorite"[11] and viewed as having made considerable strides in his political involvement of late.[11]

According to a March 7th article in the Austin Daily News "Davis has raised roughly $148,000 in this election cycle, and his campaign has about $260,000 in cash on hand, according to the Federal Election Commission. The commission lists no fundraising total for Conway. He estimates, however, raising a few thousand dollars last month."[11]

Davis defeated challenger Jacques Conway in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[2] There was no Republican primary because no candidates filed to run. Because of this, Davis is almost guaranteed the opportunity to run unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Illinois District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDanny K. Davis Incumbent 84.6% 242,439
     Republican Rita Zak 11% 31,466
     Independent John H. Monaghan 4.4% 12,523
Total Votes 286,428
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
U.S. House, Illinois' 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDanny Davis Incumbent 84.5% 57,896
Jacques Conway 15.5% 10,638
Total Votes 68,534


On November 2, 2010, Davis won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Mark M. Weiman (R) and Clarence Desmond Clemons (I) in the general election.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 7th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDanny K. Davis Incumbent 81.5% 149,846
     Republican Mark M. Weiman 16.1% 29,575
     Independent Clarence Desmond Clemons 2.4% 4,428
Total Votes 183,849

Campaign donors


Danny K. Davis (2012)[13] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[14]March 5, 2012$268,293.78$21,696.46$(26,144.79)$263,845.45
April Quarterly[15]April 14, 2012$263,666.57$37,349.38$(327,222.17)$268,293.78
July Quarterly[16]July 13, 2012$288,122.08$56,350.25$(132,553.76)$211,918.57
October Quarterly[17]September 14, 2012$211,918.57$36,512.93$(29,590.04)$218,841.46
Pre-General[18]October 24, 2012$224,674.22$9,190$(23,684.48)$210,179.74
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Davis's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Davis won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Davis's campaign committee raised a total of $593,861 and spent $864,982 .[19]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Davis paid his congressional staff a total of $1,174,876 in 2011. He ranks 16th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 19th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Davis' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $282,014 and $639,000. That averages to $460,507, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[21]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

Danny K. Davis voted with the Democratic Party 93 of the time, which ranked 69 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[22]

Recent news

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Davis is married to Vera G. Davis, and has two sons, Jonathan and Stacey. [4]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Chicago Tribune "Contested races for the U.S. House" Accessed March 12, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
  3. Gov Track "Davis" Accessed May 15, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The Online Office of Congressman Danny K. Davis "Biography" Accessed November 1, 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Online Office of Congressman Danny K. Davis "Committees" Accessed November 1, 2011
  6. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  7. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  10. National Journal "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS" Accessed March 31, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Austin Weekly News "Davis, Conway make final push" Accessed March 12, 2012
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  13. FEC Reports "Danny K. Davis Summary Reports" Accessed July 9, 2012
  14. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed July 9, 2012
  15. FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 9, 2012
  16. FEC Reports "July Quarterly" Accessed September 27, 2012
  17. FEC Reports "October Quarterly" Accessed September 27, 2012
  18. FEC Reports "Pre-General" Accessed November 21, 2012
  19. Open Secrets "Danny K. Davis 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  20. LegiStorm "Danny Davis"
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Davis, (D-Illinois), 2010"
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Cardiss Collins
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois District 7
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Cook County Board of Commissioners
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Chicago City Council Alderman, 29th Ward Succeeded by