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Danny K. Davis
Danny K. Davis.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 7
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorCardiss Collins (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$1.93 in 2012
First elected1996
Next primaryMarch 18, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,187,575
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Cook County Board of Commissioners
1990-1997
Chicago City Council Alderman, 29th Ward
Education
Bachelor'sArkansas AM&N College (1961)
Master'sChicago State University (1968)
Ph.D.Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio (1977)
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 6, 1941
Place of birthParkdale, Arkansas
ProfessionEducator
Net worth$253,007
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Danny K. Davis campaign logo
Daniel K. (Danny) Davis (b. September 6, 1941, in Parkdale, Arkansas) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois' 7th Congressional District. Davis was first elected by voters from the 7th District in 1996.

He won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

He is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 18, 2014.[2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Davis is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

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.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Davis serves on the following committees:[4][5]

2011-2012

Davis served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Davis's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[9][10] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Davis was 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[9][10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Davis voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Davis voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Davis voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Davis voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[13] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Davis voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Davis joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[16][17]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[19] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[20] Davis voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[22] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Davis voted for HR 2775.[23]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Davis voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Davis voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Davis voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Davis voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[11]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 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.[24]

Earmarks

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.[25] 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.[26]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois' 7th Congressional District elections, 2014

Davis is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 18, 2014.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag Davis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent 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 due to redistricting.[27] 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.[28] Both candidates are similar politically.[29]

The Chicago Tribune noted in the 2012 election 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."[28] 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"[29] and viewed as having made considerable strides in his political involvement of late.[29]

According to a March 7th article in the Austin Daily News "Davis raised roughly $148,000 in the election cycle, and his campaign had 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."[29]

Davis defeated challenger Jacques Conway in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[1] 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 District 7 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

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Davis is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Davis raised a total of $3,187,575 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[38]

Danny K. Davis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Illinois, District 7) Won $372,212
2010 U.S. House (Illinois, District 7) Won $593,861
2008 U.S. House (Illinois, District 7) Won $531,842
2006 U.S. House (Illinois, District 7) Won $542,153
2004 U.S. House (Illinois, District 7) Won $483,851
2002 U.S. House (Illinois, District 7) Won $336,879
2000 U.S. House (Illinois, District 7) Won $326,777
Grand Total Raised $3,187,575

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Davis' reports.[39]


Danny K. Davis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]June 11, 2013$180,999.44$40,000.00$(31,895.36)$189,104.08
July Quarterly[41]July 12, 2013$214,708$89,365.69$(50,821)$253,251
October Quarterly[42]October 13, 2013$253,251$50,821$(89,365)$275,679
Year-end[43]January 31, 2014$275,679$74,326$(19,627)$330,378
Pre-Primary[44]March 6, 2014$330,378$24,310$(75,717)$278,971
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2014$278,971$42,499$(20,194)$301,276
Running totals
$321,321.69$(287,619.36)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Davis' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Davis won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Davis' campaign committee raised a total of $372,212 and spent $467,560.[46] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[47]

Cost per vote

Davis spent $1.93 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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.[48]

U.S. House, Illinois District 7, 2010 - Danny K. Davis Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $593,861
Total Spent $864,982
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Danny K. Davis's campaign committee
Exelon Corp$11,400
United Auto Workers$11,000
American Postal Workers Union$10,000
International Council of Shopping Cntrs$10,000
National Assn of Letter Carriers$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Public Sector Unions$56,000
Lawyers/Law Firms$42,150
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$32,450
Health Professionals$30,000
Real Estate$24,050

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Davis is a "far-left Democrat," as of June 16, 2013.[49]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[50]

Davis most often votes with:

Davis least often votes with:

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2012

Davis ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[51]

2011

Davis ranked 34th in the liberal rankings.[52]

Voting with party

2013

Danny K. Davis voted with the Democratic Party 95.8% of the time, which ranked 47th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[53]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Davis missed 649 of 11,058 roll call votes from January 1997 to March 2013. This amounts to 5.9%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[54]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

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 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.[55]

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, Davis's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $131,014 and $375,000. That averages to $253,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Davis ranked as the 330th most wealthy representative in 2012.[56]

Danny K. Davis Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$253,007
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Personal

Davis is married to Vera G. Davis, and has two sons, Jonathan and Stacey.[3]

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 ABC News 7, "Election Results Primary 2012," accessed March 20, 2012
  2. Associated Press, "Primary Election 2014," accessed March 18, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Online Office of Congressman Danny K. Davis, "Biography," accessed November 1, 2011
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Online Office of Congressman Danny K. Davis, "Committees," accessed November 1, 2011
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Project Vote Smart, "Danny K. Davis Key Votes," accessed October 10, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  21. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  25. Washington Post, "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  26. Washington Post, "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  27. National Journal, "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS," accessed March 31, 2012
  28. 28.0 28.1 Chicago Tribune, "Contested races for the U.S. House," accessed March 12, 2012
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 29.3 Austin Weekly News, "Davis, Conway make final push," accessed March 12, 2012
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
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  39. Federal Election Commission, "Danny K. Davis 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed April 22, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  46. Open Secrets, "Danny K. Davis" accessed May 1, 2013
  47. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Danny K. Davis 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 1, 2011
  49. GovTrack, "Danny K. Davis," accessed June 16, 2013
  50. OpenCongress, "Rep. Danny K. Davis," accessed August 1, 2013
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  52. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  53. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  54. GovTrack, "Danny K. Davis," accessed April 1, 2013
  55. LegiStorm, "Danny Davis," accessed 2012
  56. OpenSecrets, "Davis (D-IL), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Cardiss Collins
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois District 7
1997–present
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Cook County Board of Commissioners
1990-1997
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Chicago City Council Alderman, 29th Ward Succeeded by
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