Danny K. Davis

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Danny K. Davis
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U.S. House, Illinois, District 7
In office
January 3, 1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 18
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected1996
Next general2013
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
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Campaign website
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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]


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.[6]


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.[7] 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.[8]



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

Davis is 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. [9] 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.[10]

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."[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"[10] and viewed as having made considerable strides in his political involvement of late.[10]

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."[10]

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.


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.[11]

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


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 .[12]

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

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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