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{{tnr}}'''Rodney Davis''' is a 2012 [[Republican]] U.S. House member representing [[Illinois' 13th congressional district elections, 2012|the 13th Congressional District]] of [[Illinois]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map"]</ref>
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{{tnr}}'''Rodney Davis''' (b. Jan. 5, 1970 in Des Moines, Iowa) is a [[Republican]] U.S. House member representing [[Illinois' 13th congressional district elections, 2012|the 13th Congressional District]] of [[Illinois]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map"]</ref>
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Davis ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2012|Illinois']] [[Illinois' 13th congressional district elections, 2012|13th District]].<ref>[http://www.sj-r.com/top-stories/x358786138/Republicans-select-Rodney-Davis-to-run-in-13th-Congressional-District ''State Journal Register'' "Republicans select Rodney Davis to run in 13th Congressional District" Accessed July 11, 2012]</ref><ref name="roll call">[http://atr.rollcall.com/illinois-new-13th-district-gop-nominee-rakes-in-more-than-400k/ ''Roll Call'' "Illinois: New 13th District GOP Nominee Rakes In More Than $400K'" Accessed July 11, 2012]</ref> Davis was nominated by the [[Republican]] party to fill the vacancy left after incumbent [[Timothy V. Johnson]] announced his decision to retire following the [[Republican]] primary.<ref name="retire">[http://wjbc.com/kinzinger-not-happy-with-johnsons-retirement/ ''WJBC'' "Kinzinger: ‘Not happy’ with Johnson’s retirement" Accessed April 21, 2012]</ref><ref name="retire"/> Davis defeated [[David Gill]] ([[Democratic|D)]] in the general election on November 6, 2012.
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Davis is a member of the National Republican Campaign Committee's Patriot program.<ref>[http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2013/05/11/freshman-lawmakers-are-introduced-permanent-hunt-for-campaign-money/YQMMMoqCNxGKh2h0tOIF9H/story.html ''Boston Globe'' "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2013/05/11/freshman-lawmakers-are-introduced-permanent-hunt-for-campaign-money/YQMMMoqCNxGKh2h0tOIF9H/story.html ''Boston Globe'' "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013]</ref> According to a ''Washington Post'' article in December 2012, Davis is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in [[United States House of Representatives elections, 2014|2014]].<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/12/07/house-democrats-face-long-odds-in-2014/ ''Washington Post'' "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012]</ref>
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==Biography==
 
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==Career==
 
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Davis' academic, professional and political career<ref name=nj/>:
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Davis' professional and political career<ref name=nj/>:
 
* 1997-2012: Projects director, John Shimkus' campaign
 
* 1997-2012: Projects director, John Shimkus' campaign
 
* 2011: Executive Director, Illinois Republican Party
 
* 2011: Executive Director, Illinois Republican Party
 
* 1992-1996: Staff Assistant, Illinois Secretary of State
 
* 1992-1996: Staff Assistant, Illinois Secretary of State
* 1989-1992: Attended Millikin University
 
  
 
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==Issues==
 
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===Campaign themes===
 
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According to Davis' website, his campaign themes included:
 
According to Davis' website, his campaign themes included:
 
* Jobs: "Government doesn’t create jobs which means Congress should get out of the way of business owners and let them do their jobs."
 
* Jobs: "Government doesn’t create jobs which means Congress should get out of the way of business owners and let them do their jobs."
 
* Taxes: "...we must create a simpler, fairer tax system that ensures everyone pays their fair share and makes America a more attractive place for companies to invest and create jobs."
 
* Taxes: "...we must create a simpler, fairer tax system that ensures everyone pays their fair share and makes America a more attractive place for companies to invest and create jobs."
 
* Healthcare: "...believes in a market-based approach that provides not only choice in health care for those who are insured, but will address the needs of the uninsured of our country..."<ref>[http://www.electrodney.com/index.php/issues ''Elect Rodney'', "Issues," Accessed October 4, 2012]</ref>
 
* Healthcare: "...believes in a market-based approach that provides not only choice in health care for those who are insured, but will address the needs of the uninsured of our country..."<ref>[http://www.electrodney.com/index.php/issues ''Elect Rodney'', "Issues," Accessed October 4, 2012]</ref>
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Davis and [[U.S. House|Reps.]] [[John Shimkus]] (R) and [[William Enyart]] (D) criticized President [[Barack Obama|Obama's]] plans announced June 25, 2013 to make sharp cuts in carbon emissions by using the federal Environmental Protection Agency to impose tougher restrictions on coal-fired power plants.<ref name="coal">[http://www.bnd.com/2013/06/25/2670521/enyart-blasts-white-house-plans.html ''BND.com'' "War on coal? Local congressmen blast White House plans to cut carbon pollution" Accessed June 27, 2013]</ref> The three [[Congress|congressmen]] harshly criticized the stricter rules proposed by [[Barack Obama|Obama]] as job-killers that will "needllessly spike electricity costs for consumer."<ref name="coal"/>
  
 
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According to a ''Washington Post'' article in December 2012, Davis is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in [[United States House of Representatives elections, 2014|2014]].<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/12/07/house-democrats-face-long-odds-in-2014/ ''Washington Post'' "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012]</ref>
 
According to a ''Washington Post'' article in December 2012, Davis is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in [[United States House of Representatives elections, 2014|2014]].<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/12/07/house-democrats-face-long-odds-in-2014/ ''Washington Post'' "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012]</ref>
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Davis is a member of the [[National Republican Congressional Committee#Patriot Program|National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program]].  The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/04/22/11-house-republicans-named-to-incumbent-protection-program/?wprss=rss_politics ''The Washington Post,'' "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013]</ref>
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In July 2013 Davis reported raising more than $450,000 during the second quarter, bringing him to more than $700,000 cash-on-hand as he heads into 2014, in what is expected to be one of the most competitive [[U.S. House|House]] contests of the cycle.<ref>[http://atr.rollcall.com/davis-raises-more-than-450000-in-second-quarter/ ''Roll Call'' "Freshman Rodney Davis Raises $450,000 #IL13" Accessed July 9, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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Davis was a top freshman fundraiser in the [[113th United States Congress|113th congress]] as a member of the National Republican Campaign Committee's Patriot program.<ref>[http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2013/05/11/freshman-lawmakers-are-introduced-permanent-hunt-for-campaign-money/YQMMMoqCNxGKh2h0tOIF9H/story.html ''Boston Globe'' "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2013/05/11/freshman-lawmakers-are-introduced-permanent-hunt-for-campaign-money/YQMMMoqCNxGKh2h0tOIF9H/story.html ''Boston Globe'' "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Davis is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|centrist Republican]]," as of June 17, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/rodney_davis/412536 ''Gov Track'' "Rodney Davis" Accessed June 17, 2013]</ref>
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Davis missed 2 of 89 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Mar 2013.  This amounts to 2.2%, which is equal to the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/rodney_davis/412536 ''GovTrack,'' "Rodney Davis," Accessed April 1, 2013]</ref>
 
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Davis missed 2 of 89 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Mar 2013.  This amounts to 2.2%, which is equal to the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/rodney_davis/412536 ''GovTrack,'' "Rodney Davis," Accessed April 1, 2013]</ref>
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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 $107,019 and $433,000. That averages to $270,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00034784&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Davis (R-Ill), 2011"]</ref>
 
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 $107,019 and $433,000. That averages to $270,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00034784&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Davis (R-Ill), 2011"]</ref>
  
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==Personal==
 
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Rodney Davis
Rodney davis.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 13
Incumbent
In office
January 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTimothy V. Johnson (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,400,451
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolTaylorville Senior High School
Bachelor'sMillikin University
Personal
BirthdayJan. 5, 1970
Place of birthDes Moines, Iowa
Net worth$270,009
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rodney Davis (b. Jan. 5, 1970 in Des Moines, Iowa) is a Republican U.S. House member representing the 13th Congressional District of Illinois.[1]

Davis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 13th District.[2][3] Davis was nominated by the Republican party to fill the vacancy left after incumbent Timothy V. Johnson announced his decision to retire following the Republican primary.[4][4] Davis defeated David Gill (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Davis is a member of the National Republican Campaign Committee's Patriot program.[5][6] According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Davis is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[7]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Davis is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Davis was born in Des Moines, Iowa before moving with his family to Taylorsville Illinois when he was 7. Davis attended schools in the area, worked at a McDonalds which was operated by his parents and then attended Millikin University where he majored in political science. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated in 1992. He then went to work for the Illinois Secretary of State and then ran unsuccessfully for the Illinois Legislature in 1998. He went on to work for U.S. Rep. John Shimkus' campaign from 1997 to 2012 when he quit to run for office.[8]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Davis' professional and political career[8]:

  • 1997-2012: Projects director, John Shimkus' campaign
  • 2011: Executive Director, Illinois Republican Party
  • 1992-1996: Staff Assistant, Illinois Secretary of State

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Davis serves on the following committees:[9]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

According to Davis' website, his campaign themes included:

  • Jobs: "Government doesn’t create jobs which means Congress should get out of the way of business owners and let them do their jobs."
  • Taxes: "...we must create a simpler, fairer tax system that ensures everyone pays their fair share and makes America a more attractive place for companies to invest and create jobs."
  • Healthcare: "...believes in a market-based approach that provides not only choice in health care for those who are insured, but will address the needs of the uninsured of our country..."[10]

Coal-fired power plants

Davis and Reps. John Shimkus (R) and William Enyart (D) criticized President Obama's plans announced June 25, 2013 to make sharp cuts in carbon emissions by using the federal Environmental Protection Agency to impose tougher restrictions on coal-fired power plants.[11] The three congressmen harshly criticized the stricter rules proposed by Obama as job-killers that will "needllessly spike electricity costs for consumer."[11]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois' 13th congressional district elections, 2014

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Davis is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[12]

Davis is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[13]

In July 2013 Davis reported raising more than $450,000 during the second quarter, bringing him to more than $700,000 cash-on-hand as he heads into 2014, in what is expected to be one of the most competitive House contests of the cycle.[14]

2012

See also: Illinois' 13th congressional district elections, 2012

Davis won the election, defeating David Gill.[15] Davis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 13th District. Davis ran on the Republican ticket.[16][3] Davis was nominated by the Republican party to fill the vacancy left after incumbent Timothy V. Johnson announced his decision to retire following the Republican primary.[4] Johnson decided not to run for election. [4] Davis defeated David Gill (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Illinois District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic David Gill 46.2% 136,032
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Davis 46.5% 137,034
     Independent John Hartman 7.2% 21,319
Total Votes 294,385
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Davis is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Davis raised a total of $1,400,451 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[17]

Rodney Davis (Illinois)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Illinois, District 12) Won $1,400,451
Grand Total Raised $1,400,451

2013

Davis was a top freshman fundraiser in the 113th congress as a member of the National Republican Campaign Committee's Patriot program.[18][19]

2012

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

Davis won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Davis's campaign committee raised a total of $1,400,451 and spent $1,383,024.[20]

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 "centrist Republican," as of June 17, 2013.[21]

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. Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

Lifetime missed votes

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

According to the website GovTrack, Davis missed 2 of 89 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 2.2%, which is equal to the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[22]

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 $107,019 and $433,000. That averages to $270,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.[23]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Rodney Davis has voted with the Republican Party 93.1% of the time, which ranked 199th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[24]

Personal

Davis is married to wife Shannon, they have three children together.[8]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  2. State Journal Register "Republicans select Rodney Davis to run in 13th Congressional District" Accessed July 11, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 Roll Call "Illinois: New 13th District GOP Nominee Rakes In More Than $400K'" Accessed July 11, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 WJBC "Kinzinger: ‘Not happy’ with Johnson’s retirement" Accessed April 21, 2012
  5. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  6. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  7. Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 National Journal, "Illinois, 13th House District," November 7, 2012
  9. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  10. Elect Rodney, "Issues," Accessed October 4, 2012
  11. 11.0 11.1 BND.com "War on coal? Local congressmen blast White House plans to cut carbon pollution" Accessed June 27, 2013
  12. Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
  13. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  14. Roll Call "Freshman Rodney Davis Raises $450,000 #IL13" Accessed July 9, 2013
  15. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  16. State Journal Register "Republicans select Rodney Davis to run in 13th Congressional District" Accessed July 11, 2012
  17. Open Secrets "Rodney Davis" Accessed April 5, 2013
  18. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  19. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  20. Open Secrets "Rodney Davis 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
  21. Gov Track "Rodney Davis" Accessed June 17, 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Rodney Davis," Accessed April 1, 2013
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Davis (R-Ill), 2011"
  24. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Timothy V. Johnson (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 13
2013-Present
Succeeded by
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