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Rodney Davis (Illinois)

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Rodney Davis
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 13
High schoolTaylorville Senior High School
Bachelor'sMillikin University
Date of birthJan. 5, 1970
Place of birthDes Moines, Iowa
Campaign website
Rodney Davis is a 2012 Republican candidate who won election to the U.S. House representing the 13th Congressional District of Illinois.[1]


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.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Davis' academic, professional and political career[2]:

  • 1997-2012: Projects director, John Shimkus' campaign
  • 2011: Executive Director, Illinois Republican Party
  • 1992-1996: Staff Assistant, Illinois Secretary of State
  • 1989-1992: Attended Millikin University


Campaign themes

According to Davis' website, his campaign themes include:

  • 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..."[3]



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

Davis won the election, defeating David Gill.[4] Davis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 13th District. Davis ran on the Republican ticket.[5][6] 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.[7] Johnson decided not to run for election. [7] Davis defeated David Gill (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Campaign donors


Rodney Davis (2012)[8] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[9]July 13, 2012$0$440,844.17$(11,660.06)$429,184.11
October Quarterly[10]October 15, 2012$429,184.11$543,296.34$(394,342.88)$578,137.57
Pre-General[11]October 25, 2012$578,137.57$128,368.61$(434,807.07)$271,699.11
Running totals


Davis is married to wife Shannon, they have three children together.[2]

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