Rodney Davis (Illinois)

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Rodney Davis
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U.S. House, Illinois, District 13
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolTaylorville Senior High School
Bachelor'sMillikin University
Date of birthJan. 5, 1970
Place of birthDes Moines, Iowa
Office website
Campaign website
Rodney Davis is a 2012 Republican U.S. House member 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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Davis serves on the following committees:[3]


Campaign themes

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..."[4]



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.[5]


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

Davis won the election, defeating David Gill.[6] Davis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 13th District. Davis ran on the Republican ticket.[7][8] 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.[9] Johnson decided not to run for election. [9] 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
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Davis 46.5% 137,034
     Democratic David Gill 46.2% 136,032
     Independent John Hartman 7.2% 21,319
Total Votes 294,385
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Campaign donors


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 $1,526,893 and spent $1,016,702.[10]


Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[11]


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

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