Rodney L. Davis
|Rodney L. Davis|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 13th district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Judy Biggert|
|Born||Rodney Lee Davis
January 5, 1970
Des Moines, Iowa
|Alma mater||Millikin University|
|Religion||Roman Catholic |
Rodney Lee Davis (born January 5, 1970) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Illinois's 13th congressional district since 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life and education
Davis was born in Des Moines and is a lifelong resident of Taylorville, Illinois where he attended public school. Before attending college, he worked at a McDonald's that his parents operated. He graduated with honors from Millikin University in 1992 with a degree in Political science.
Early political career
After graduating from college, Davis worked for then-Secretary of State George Ryan. In 1996, he lost a race for the state legislature. In 1998, Davis managed the first re-election campaign for Illinois Congressman John Shimkus. Following the successful campaign, Davis accepted a position on Shimkus' Congressional staff. In 2000, Davis lost his second campaign, this time for mayor of his hometown, Taylorville. Davis served as Shimkus' Projects Director while simultaneously running for Congress.
U.S House of Representatives
On May 19, 2012, the Republican County Chairmen for the 14 Illinois Counties comprising the 13th district nominated Davis to replace Illinois Congressman Tim Johnson, who had announced in April that he would not seek re-election. In addition to Davis, other finalists for the nomination were Jerry Clarke, chief of staff to fellow U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren and Johnson's former chief of staff; Erika Harold, a lawyer and winner of Miss America in 2003; and Kathy Wassink, a businesswoman. Davis was reportedly coaching his sons' little league baseball game when he was informed that he had been nominated.
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Davis considers himself pro-life and opposes public abortion funding and is against churches providing birth control. 
Davis does not support across-the-board budget cuts, however indicates that the nation needs to reduce its spending by targeting areas in the budget that are not using money efficiently. Davis supported the March 2013 budget that was proposed by Republican leader Paul Ryan. 
Davis cosponsored the REINS Act (H.R. 367), a piece of legislation that would hold executive agencies responsible for costly regulations.
Davis is a proponent of building the Keystone Xl Pipeline and increasing the production of coal and other natural resources. 
Davis supports the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB). 
Davis married his high school sweetheart in 1995, and currently lives in Taylorville, Illinois, with his wife Shannon.  They have three children. Davis also holds various positions throughout his community. Davis serves on the Board of Education for St. Mary's Church, where he also serves as Athletic Director.  He coaches Taylorville Junior Football, is a member of the Taylorville Optimist Club, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Christian County Senior Center. 
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- "Illinois, 13th House District". National Journal.
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- "GOP chooses Davis for US Rep. Tim Johnson's seat". Associated Press. May 19, 2012.
- "Ballots Cast". Illinois State Board of Election.
- Last, Jonathan V. "Miss America vs. Mr. Incumbant". The Weekly Standard.
- Mike Fitzgerald (December 3, 2013). "Health care glitches put twist on local congressional races". BND.com.
- Bill Lambrecht (May 20, 2013). "In Illinois, Davis preparing for marathon race for Congress". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- "St. Mary School". St. Mary's Church.
- "Rodney Davis' Biography". VoteSmart.org.
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at Ballotpedia
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Congressional profile at Roll Call
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post