Greg Davis (Mississippi politician)
|Mayor of Southaven, Mississippi|
|Preceded by||Joe Cates|
|Succeeded by||Darren Musselwhite|
|Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives
from the 7th district
|Preceded by||John Grisham|
|Succeeded by||Wanda Taylor Jennings|
|Born||Charles Gregory Davis
February 22, 1966 
|Spouse(s)||Suzann Davis (married 1991, divorced 2010)|
|Children||Daughters Kendyl, Allie, and Macy|
|Alma mater||Mississippi State University|
Charles Gregory Davis, known as Greg Davis (born February 22, 1966) is the former mayor of Southaven in northern Mississippi, his state's fourth largest city. He filled the position from 1997 to 2013. He was the Republican Party's nominee for Mississippi's 1st congressional district in the 2008 special and general elections.
Life and career
Davis was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from Mississippi State University at Starkville with a degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, he began a career in engineering and consulting.
From 1991 to 1997, Davis served in the Mississippi House of Representatives with assignments to the Appropriations and Public Health committees. He was elected mayor of Southaven in 1997 and won a fourth term in 2009. In 2008, he began a campaign to fill the seat of U.S. Representative Roger Wicker, who had been appointed to the United States Senate following the resignation of Trent Lott. The initial primary was a three-candidate race which resulted in a primary runoff between Davis and former mayor Glenn McCullough of Tupelo. Davis won the runoff and thus became the Republican candidate in the special election.
On June 4, 2013, Davis lost his bid for a fifth term as mayor of Southaven and was succeeded by Darren Musselwhite, effective June 28, 2013.
Congressional elections, 2008
In the initial special election on April 22 for Mississippi's 1st congressional district, Davis paced second to Democrat Travis Childers, but no candidate received a majority of the vote required to win the seat outright. Childers and Davis then faced each other in a May 13 runoff. Childers defeated Davis, 53.7 to 46.3 percent.
Childers filled the seat until the general election held on November 4, 2008, corresponding with the Obama-McCain presidential contest. As the Republican nominee once more, Davis again faced Childers and again lost, 54 to 44 percent.
Expense abuse investigation
Following an investigation by state auditors into questionable reimbursements, which included a purchase at Priape, a Toronto shop specializing in homosexual merchandise, on December 15, 2011, Davis publicly acknowledged that he is gay: "At this point in my life and in my career, while I have tried to maintain separation between my personal and public life, it is obvious that this can no longer remain the case. While I have performed my job as mayor, in my opinion, as a very conservative, progressive individual -- and still continue to be a very conservative individual -- I think that it is important that I discuss the struggles I have had over the last few years when I came to the realization that I am gay. The only apology I would make to my supporters if they are upset is the fact that I was not honest enough with myself to be honest with them. But I have lived my life in public service for 20-plus years, and in order for me to remain sane and move on, I have got to start being honest about who I am."
In December 2012, Davis was indicted on state charges of embezzlement, false pretense and making fraudulent statements. He was arrested and released on $3,500 bail. He was eventually convicted and sentenced in July 2014 to serve 2 1/2 years in state prison and pay more than $17,000 to the city. In a 2017 retrial, Davis was found not guilty of all charges.
- Mississippi's 1st congressional district
- Mississippi's 1st congressional district special election, 2008
- United States House of Representatives elections in Mississippi, 2008#District 1
- djournal.com: 2008 Voter's Guide
- commercialappeal.com: Southaven mayor hopes to represent First District in Congress
- Clarion Ledger: Election '08: Field set for congressional races
- WREG-TV: Southaven Incumbent Mayor Concedes Race, June 4, 2013
- Clarion Ledger: Mississippi - County Vote Results, April 22, 2008
- Clarion Ledger: Childers wins 1st District for Democrats
- Kirsten Boyd Johnson, Wonkette: Mississippi Mayor Outed After Visiting Gay Sex Shop With City Credit Card, December 16, 2011. Accessed December 17, 2011.
- The Commercial Appeal: Southaven Mayor Greg Davis' expense receipts prompt frank revelation, December 16, 2011
- Yahoo News: Mayor Reveals He is Gay…After Visiting Gay Sex Shop on City’s Dime, December 17, 2011. Accessed December 17, 2011.
- Jackson Clarion-Ledger: Mayor of Southaven Greg Davis indicted, December 18, 2012. Accessed December 23, 2012.
- Gulf Live: Former Southaven mayor Greg Davis sentenced to thirty months in state prison, July 10, 2014. Accessed September 12, 2014.
- WREG Memphis: Former Southaven Mayor Greg David found not guilty in fraud, embezzlement retrial, June 20, 2017. Accessed September 28, 2017.