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Susan Davis
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U.S. House, California, District 53
Incumbent
In office
2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorBrian Bilbray (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,625,537
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
California State Assembly
1994-2000
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley, 1964
Master'sUniversity of North Carolina, 1968
Personal
BirthdayApril 13, 1944
Place of birthCambridge, MA
Net worth$2,146,021
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Susan Davis (b. April 13, 1944) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing California's 53rd congressional district. Davis was first elected to the House in 2000.

Davis won re-election[1] in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 53rd District as a Democrat.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Davis is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Davis's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1965: Graduated from University of California, Berkeley with B.A.
  • 1968: Graduated from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with M.S.W.
  • 1983-1992: Member, San Diego, CA, board of education
  • 1990-1994: Executive director, Aaron Price Fellows
  • 1994-2000: California State Assembly
  • 2001-Present: U.S Representative from California

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Davis serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
    • Subcommittee on Military Personnel, Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
  • Education and the Workforce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education
    • Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Davis's campaign website listed the following issues:[5]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "Susan’s top priority is to move us toward an economy that rewards those who work hard and play by the rules. She voted to hold Wall Street accountable, set up a process to wind down failing financial institutes from within to avoid government bailouts, and give consumers the financial protections they need and deserve."
  • Holding Government Accountable
Excerpt: "Susan has voted against congressional pay raises every year she has been in Congress. She slowed the revolving door between Congress and K Street, the mainstay of congressional lobbying. When the Supreme Court issued a ruling that gave corporations free reign to spend money on election ads, Susan stepped in to do something about it."
  • Education
Excerpt: "As a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, Susan is working to improve public education, increase access to higher education and ensure our children get a world-class education. Teacher quality is a key focus of Susan’s introducing legislation to recruit the best available for the classroom. Susan helped to overhaul the federal student loan program to increase loans and grants for higher education."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "According to the League of Conservation Voters, Susan has a 96% pro-environment voting record. As San Diego emerges as a national leader in solar energy, Susan is focused on nurturing prospect of clean energy made in America. She has taken on federal bureaucratic roadblocks that are preventing San Diego homeowners from using the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program to pay for solar energy renovations to their homes."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "Susan supported the historic health care reform bill to put patients in charge of their health care needs. No more being denied health care coverage for a pre-existing condition. No more losing coverage you already have if you get sick. Parents can keep their children on their health plans until the age of 26. No longer can women be charged more for health insurance because of their gender."

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. She 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.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: California's 53rd congressional district elections, 2012

Davis won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing California's 53rd District as a Democrat.[1] She and Nick Popaditch (R) advanced past the June 5, 2012, blanket primary. They faced off in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

U.S. House, California District 53 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Davis Incumbent 61.4% 164,825
     Republican Nick Popaditch 38.6% 103,482
Total Votes 268,307
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

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 $5,625,537 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[15]

Susan Davis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (California, District 53) Won $647,361
2010 US House (California, District 53) Won $623,886
2008 US House (California, District 53) Won $591,715
2006 US House (California, District 53) Won $343,916
2004 US House (California, District 53) Won $476,368
2002 US House (California, District 53) Won $988,428
2000 US House (California, District 49) Won $1,953,863
Grand Total Raised $5,625,537

2012

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

Davis won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Davis's campaign committee raised a total of $647,361 and spent $952,515.[16]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Davis's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Davis won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Davis's campaign committee raised a total of $623,886 and spent $718,077.[17]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, California District 53, 2010 - Susan Davis Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $623,886
Total Spent $718,077
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $144,824
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $140,589
Top contributors to Susan Davis's campaign committee
Qualcomm Inc$14,200
General Dynamics$10,500
Engineering & Software Systems Solutions$10,000
Honeywell International$10,000
National Assn of Letter Carriers$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Public Sector Unions$41,500
Women's Issues$36,550
Defense Electronics$30,200
Retired$27,300
Building Trade Unions$25,500

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 "rank-and-file Democrat" as of June 2013.[18]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Davis missed 121 of 8,657 roll call votes from January 2001 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.4%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[19]

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 her congressional staff a total of $1,123,444 in 2011. She ranked 40th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and she ranked 48th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, California ranked 5th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[20]

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's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,152,043 and $3,139,999. That averages to $2,146,021, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. Her average net worth decreased by 9.96% from 2010.[21]

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 $1,302,051 and $3,464,999. That averages to $2,383,525, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[22]

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 127th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[23]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Davis ranked 126th in the liberal rankings.[24]

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, Susan Davis has voted with the Democratic Party 96.4% of the time, which ranked 49th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[25]

Personal

Davis and her husband, Steve, have two children.

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External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNN "California Districts Race - 2012 Election Center"
  2. California Democratic Party "Official California Democratic Primary Endorsements," Accessed March 10, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Susan Davis," Accessed November 16, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. Campaign website, Issues
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. California Secretary of State, Official candidate list
  8. Unofficial election results
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Susan Davis," Accessed March 22, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Susan Davis 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Susan Davis 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  18. Gov Track "Susan Davis," Accessed June 7 2013
  19. GovTrack, "Susan Davis," Accessed April 2, 2013
  20. LegiStorm "Susan Davis"
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Davis, (D-Cali), 2011"
  22. OpenSecrets.org, "Davis, (D-Cali), 2010"
  23. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Bilbray
U.S. House - California District 53
2001-Present
Succeeded by
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