Danny K. Davis
|Danny K. Davis|
|U.S. House, Illinois, District 7|
|January 3, 1997-Present|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||17|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cook County Board of Commissioners|
|Chicago City Council Alderman, 29th Ward|
|Bachelor's||Arkansas AM&N College (1961)|
|Master's||Chicago State University (1968)|
|Ph.D.||Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio (1977)|
|Birthday||September 6, 1941|
|Place of birth||Parkdale, Arkansas|
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. 
- Prior to 1990: Chicago City Council Alderman, 29th Ward 
- 1990-1997: Cook County Board of Commissioners 
- 1997-Present: United States House of Representatives, Illinois' 7th Congressional District
U.S. House of Representatives
Davis serves on the following committees:
- United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management
- Subcommittee on Transportation Security
- United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform 
- Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy
- Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives (Ranking Member)
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.
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. 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.
Davis is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 7th District. 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.
The Chicago Tribune notes 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." 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" and viewed as having made considerable strides in his political involvement of late.
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."
Davis defeated challenger Jacques Conway in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012. 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.
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 .
|U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 7th Congressional District, 2010 - Danny K. Davis Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Top contributors to Danny K. Davis's campaign committee|
|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|
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Davis is married to Vera G. Davis, and has two sons, Jonathan and Stacey. 
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- Chicago Tribune "Contested races for the U.S. House" Accessed March 12, 2012
- The Online Office of Congressman Danny K. Davis "Biography" Accessed November 1, 2011
- The Online Office of Congressman Danny K. Davis "Committees" Accessed November 1, 2011
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
- Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
- Austin Weekly News "Davis, Conway make final push" Accessed March 12, 2012
- ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- Open Secrets "Danny K. Davis 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
|U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois District 7
| Succeeded by|
|Cook County Board of Commissioners
| Succeeded by|
|Chicago City Council Alderman, 29th Ward|| Succeeded by|