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Rodney Davis (Illinois)

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Rodney Davis
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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
Cost per vote$10.09 in 2012
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 to representIllinois' 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.

He is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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 1 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 seven. 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, followed by an unsuccessful run for the Illinois Legislature in 1998. He went on to work for U.S. Rep. John Shimkus' campaign from 1997 until 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

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[10] For more information pertaining to Davis's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Davis voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Davis voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Davis voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Davis voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[12]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[14] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[15] Davis voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Davis voted for HR 2775.[18]

Pay during government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Davis said on October 1, 2013, via Twitter that "As long as the government remains shutdown, I will not accept a paycheck - I urge all Members of Congress to join me."[19]

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.[20] The three congressmen harshly criticized the stricter rules proposed by Obama as job-killers that will "needllessly spike electricity costs for consumer."[20]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Davis voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Davis voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[12]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Davis voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Davis voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[12]

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..."[21]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois' 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

Davis is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Davis is 1 of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[22] 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.[23] He has also been listed by the House Majority PAC as a target in 2014.[24][25][26]

2012

See also: Illinois' 13th Congressional District elections, 2012

Davis won the election, defeating David Gill.[27] Davis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to representIllinois' 13th District. Davis ran on the Republican ticket.[28][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.[29]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Davis' reports.[30]

Rodney Davis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]April 16, 2013$17,426.98$403,555.15$(86,778.5)$334,203.63
July Quarterly[32]July 17, 2013$334,203.63$454,814.58$(86,162.35)$702,855.86
October Quarterly[33]October 13, 2013$227,469.89$57,766.35$(37,338.83)$247,897.41
Year-end[34]January 29, 2014$247,897.41$285,581$(106,700)$1,061,026
Running totals
$1,201,717.08$(316,979.68)

Davis was a top freshman fundraiser in the 113th congress as a member of the National Republican Campaign Committee's Patriot program.[35][36]

In July 2013, Davis reported raising more than $450,000 in 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.[37]

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.[38] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[39]

Cost per vote

Davis spent $10.09 per vote received in 2012.

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.[40]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[41]

Davis most often votes with:

Davis least often votes with:

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2012

Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

Lifetime voting record

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 January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.2%, which is equal to the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[42]

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, 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.[43]

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.[44]

Personal

Davis and his wife, Shannon, have three children.[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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Project Votesmart, "Rodney Davis Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  20. 20.0 20.1 BND.com "War on coal? Local congressmen blast White House plans to cut carbon pollution" Accessed June 27, 2013
  21. Elect Rodney, "Issues," Accessed October 4, 2012
  22. Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
  23. The Washington Post, "11 House Republicans named to incumbent-protection program," April 22, 2013
  24. Roll Call "House Majority PAC Announces Top 2014 GOP Incumbent Targets" Accessed July 16, 2013
  25. The Hill, "Dem super PAC hitting nine House Republicans on shutdown," accessed October 4, 2013
  26. KWTV, "Democratic Group Airs Shutdown Ads Targeting GOP Lawmakers," accessed October 4, 2013
  27. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  28. State Journal Register "Republicans select Rodney Davis to run in 13th Congressional District" Accessed July 11, 2012
  29. Open Secrets "Rodney Davis" Accessed April 5, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission "Rodney Davis 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 5, 2014
  35. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  36. Boston Globe "For freshman in Congress, focus is on raising money" Accessed May 13, 2013
  37. Roll Call "Freshman Rodney Davis Raises $450,000 #IL13" Accessed July 9, 2013
  38. Open Secrets "Rodney Davis 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  40. Gov Track "Rodney Davis" Accessed June 17, 2013
  41. OpenCongress, "Rep. Rodney Davis," Accessed August 1, 2013
  42. GovTrack, "Rodney Davis," Accessed April 1, 2013
  43. OpenSecrets.org, "Davis (R-Ill), 2011"
  44. 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
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