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Danny K. Davis

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Danny K. Davis
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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
First elected1996
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$625,000
ReligionBaptist
Websites
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 won 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]

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. [4]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Davis serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Davis served on the following committees:[6]

Issues

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.[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]

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.[9]

Elections

2012

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

Davis won re-election in the November 6 general election.[10] Davis ran 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. [11] 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.[12]

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."[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"[12] and viewed as having made considerable strides in his political involvement of late.[12]

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."[12]

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

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.[21]

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

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.[22]

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 .[23]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 7th Congressional District, 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

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 Jan 1997 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 5.9%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[24]

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.[25]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Davis' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $281,014 and $625,000. That averages to $453,007, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth decreased by 1.63% from 2010.[26]

2010

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.[27]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Davis ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[28]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Davis ranked 34th in the liberal rankings.[29]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Danny K. Davis has voted with the Democratic Party 93 of the time, which ranked 69 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[30]

Recent news

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Personal

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

External links


References

  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. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Online Office of Congressman Danny K. Davis "Committees" Accessed November 1, 2011
  7. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  8. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  11. National Journal "Modern Gerrymanders: 10 Most Contorted Congressional Districts—MAPS" Accessed March 31, 2012
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Austin Weekly News "Davis, Conway make final push" Accessed March 12, 2012
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. Open Secrets "Danny K. Davis" Accessed April 5, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Danny K. Davis" Accessed May 1, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Danny K. Davis 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  24. GovTrack, "Danny K. Davis," Accessed April 1, 2013
  25. LegiStorm "Danny Davis"
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Davis (D-Ill), 2011"
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Davis, (D-Illinois), 2010"
  28. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Cardiss Collins
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois District 7
1997–present
Succeeded by
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Cook County Board of Commissioners
1990-1997
Succeeded by
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Chicago City Council Alderman, 29th Ward Succeeded by
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