Kathy Davis

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Kathy Davis
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48th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
In office
October 20, 2003 – January 10, 2005
Governor Joe Kernan
Preceded by Joe Kernan
Succeeded by Becky Skillman
Personal details
Born (1956-06-24) June 24, 1956 (age 61)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvard University

Katherine L. Davis (born June 24, 1956) is an American politician and entrepreneur. She was the 48th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, and the first woman to serve in that office.

Early life and education[edit]

Davis was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1978.[1] Her professional career started out with Cambridge Collaborative, a research and development consulting firm owned by her father. She was an acoustics consultant where she analyzed vibrations in submarines.[2] She attributes her experiences at the firm as her inspiration for much of her present career. She earned her master's degree from Harvard Business School and relocated to Indiana in 1982. After moving to Indiana, she went to work for the Cummins Engine Company where she spent several years leading their manufacturing operations.

Political career[edit]

Indiana Lt. Gubernatorial Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Becky Skillman 1,302,912 53.21% +11.54%
Democratic Kathy Davis 1,113,900 45.49% -11.06%
Majority 189,012 7.72%
Turnout 2,448,498 100.00%
Republican hold Swing

Davis attributes her work in the private sector to landing her first position in the public sector. She was appointed by former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh as the Deputy Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation. She served in the position from 1989 to 1994 where she oversaw the transportation plans of the state.[1]

Davis was appointed as the State of Indiana Budget Director by Governor Bayh in 1995.[2] She was in charge of the state's $10 billion budget before being appointed by then Governor Frank O'Bannon to the position of Secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration.[2] While in this position, she was in charge of a $4 billion budget as well as more than 11,000 employees. During her time with the administration she oversaw the transition away from large facilities for MRDD and MI populations to more community based facilities. She left public service for a short time in 1998 but returned a short time later to run the public service agency for the Indiana's 21st Century Research and Technology Fund. She was credited with obtaining more than $21 million in contracts within five months in the position. Davis received another appointment in 2000 when former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson made her the Controller for the City of Indianapolis where she served for four years.[3]

Davis' was appointed as Lt. Governor in 2003 following the death of Governor O'Bannon.[4] She was appointed by then Indiana Governor Joe Kernan as the 48th Lieutenant Governor for the State of Indiana.[5] As Lieutenant Governor, she was the first woman to ever hold such position in the State of Indiana.[6] During her time in office, she served as President of the Indiana State Senate, Commissioner of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce and chaired the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council.[5]

Return to private sector[edit]

Davis left the public sector again in 2005 at the end of the Kernan-Davis term. She took a position as the Chief Executive Officer of Global Access Point, a computer network connectivity company headquartered in South Bend, Indiana.[7] She led the start-up of the company where she was in charge of developing markets in data transport, data processing, and data storage for business, health care organizations, and universities.[8]

In 2006, Davis developed the idea for a virtual way to allow policy makers to develop complex policies.[4] The program was initially developed by Simulex[8] and then used by the United States Military. Fortune 500 companies also used the technology to select stereotypes for building outcomes. Davis founded Davis Design Group in 2007 as a way to determine results of long-term decisions made by lawmakers. The company uses a system called the Simulated Educational Experience (SEE) to predict the future of the educational system. The system is said to predict how decisions made in the public sector regarding education will affect students in the future.[8]

Return to politics and government[edit]

Davis took a position as campaign treasurer for Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, but resigned in August 2015 because of Donnelly's vote to defund Planned Parenthood.[9] She later took a job in a then-yet to be defined role in Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett's administration, initially described as "city systems engineer".[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Indiana Lt Governor Kathy Davis". NBC Channel 13 WTHR. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Dick, Gerry (9 October 2003). "Governor Names Katherine Davis As Lt Governor Nominee". Inside Indiana Business. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Schnitzler, Peter (12 November 2007). "What Now". Indianapolis Business Journal. HighBeam Research. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Young, Julie (11 December 2006). "Does Gender Matter In Politics". Indianapolis Business Journal. HighBeam Research. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Smith, Mike (17 August 2004). "Pork Takes Center Stage As Running Mates Debate". The Post-Tribune. HighBeam Research. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Michelle Obama Speech Before Women's Economic Roundtable (Transcript)". Washington Transcript Service. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Schnitzler, Peter (6 June 2005). "Long Commute For Former Lt. Gov". Indianapolis Business Journal. HighBeam Research. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c Schnitzler, Peter (6 December 2006). "Ex-Politician Pitching Virtual Tool". Indianapolis Business Journal. HighBeam Research. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Schneider, Chelsea; Cook, Tony (Aug 5, 2015). "Donnelly's campaign treasurer, Kathy Davis, resigns over Planned Parenthood vote". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Delaney, Ryan (Dec 17, 2015). "Former LG Kathy Davis Joining Hogsett's Administration". WFYI (TV). Retrieved Jan 10, 2017. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Kernan
Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
Succeeded by
Becky Skillman