|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Kansas's 3rd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Kevin Yoder|
Sharice Lynnette Davids
May 22, 1980
Frankfurt, West Germany
|Education||University of Missouri–Kansas City (BBA)|
Cornell University (JD)
Sharice Lynnette Davids (//; born May 22, 1980) is an American attorney, former mixed martial artist, and politician serving as the U.S. Representative from Kansas's 3rd congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she represents a district that includes most of the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area, including cities such as Kansas City, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Leawood, Lenexa, as well as Olathe.
Elected in 2018, Davids became the first Democrat elected to represent a Kansas congressional district in a decade. Davids is the first openly LGBT Native American elected to the U.S. Congress, the first openly lesbian person elected to the U.S. Congress from Kansas, and one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress, along with Deb Haaland of New Mexico. She defeated incumbent Kevin Yoder in the 2018 election. She is also the second Native American to represent Kansas in Congress, after Republican Charles Curtis. As of 2020, Davids remains the only Democrat in Kansas's congressional delegation. As of March 2021, she is the only Native Democrat in the House, following the resignation of Deb Haaland to become Secretary of the Interior.
Early life and education
Her maternal grandfather, Fredrick J. Davids, a United States Army veteran, was born into the Mohican Nation Stockbridge-Munsee Band, in Oneida, Wisconsin. Sharice was raised by Fredrick's daughter, her mother Crystal Herriage, a single mother who served in the U.S. Army.
Davids attended Leavenworth High School, Haskell Indian Nations University, the University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, and the University of Missouri–Kansas City, graduating from the last with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2007. Davids earned her Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in 2010.
Mixed martial arts career
Davids began competing in mixed martial arts (MMA) as an amateur in 2006, and went professional in 2013. She had a 5–1 win–loss record as an amateur and a 1–1 record as a professional. She tried out for The Ultimate Fighter but did not make it onto the show, leading her to shift her focus away from MMA to travel the U.S. and live on Native American reservations to work with the communities on economic and community development programs.
|Loss||1–1||Rosa Acevedo||Decision (unanimous)||LCS 18||March 1, 2014||3||5:00||Torrington, Wyoming, United States|||
|Win||1–0||Nadia Nixon||Submission (triangle choke)||Shamrock FC – Conquest||November 1, 2013||1||2:08||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|||
|Win||5–1||Heather Rafferty||Decision (unanimous)||Pride & Pain MMA||October 20, 2012||3||3:00||Hot Springs, South Dakota, United States|||
|Win||4–1||Chandra Engel||Submission (triangle choke)||Ultimate Blue Corner Battles||January 27, 2012||1||2:36||North Kansas City, Missouri, United States|||
|Win||3–1||Ronni Nanney||TKO (knee & punch)||Ultimate Blue Corner Battles||April 1, 2011||3||3:00||North Kansas City, Missouri, United States|||
|Win||2–1||Stacia Hoss||TKO (knee & punch)||Ultimate Blue Corner Battles||August 27, 2010||1||0:27||North Kansas City, Missouri, United States|||
|Loss||1–1||Erin Roper||Submission (armbar)||Shamrock FC: Midwest Fightfest||May 11, 2007||1||1:53||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|||
|Win||1–0||Courtney Martel||Technical Submission (triangle choke)||ISFC Midwest Fightfest||October 27, 2006||1||0:44||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|||
Davids began her legal career at SNR Denton in 2010. She later directed community and economic development for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and opened her own business, Hoka Coffee Company. After the business failed, South Dakota Circuit Court Judge Robert Mandel ordered Davids's company to pay investors $19,539 in January 2016. As of October 2018, neither Davids as owner or the company as an entity had paid any of the money back.
U.S. House of Representatives
In the 2018 elections, Davids ran for the United States House of Representatives in Kansas's 3rd congressional district. She defeated fellow Democrat Brent Welder, who had been endorsed by Bernie Sanders, by a margin of 37% to 34% in the August primary election and faced incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder in the November 6, 2018, general election.
During a July 2018 episode of the Millennial Politics Podcast, host Jordan Valerie Allen asked Davids specifically whether she supported abolishing ICE, the agency that enforces immigration laws and falls within the oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, to which Davids responded, “you asked me about defunding, which I think is probably essentially the same thing. But yeah.” Despite denials by Davids through campaign statements and a television advertisement, the Associated Press fact checker ruled that she did in fact lend her support to ending the agency.
Kansas City NPR member station KCUR fact-checked the claims that Yoder and Davids made in separate interviews on their station, and gave Yoder an "F". Yoder said that immigrants were making false asylum claims, and would increase crime. Davids said that she supported single payer health care, but it could not be enacted with Republicans in the White House. Meanwhile, she supports short-term goals like allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and getting generics to market faster. KCUR said that Davids's claim that teachers aren't paid enough, and can no longer take tax deductions for buying their own school supplies, was "partly true and partly false," since the tax deduction had been reinstated.
Davids defeated Yoder in the general election. Upon her swearing-in on January 3, 2019, she became the first Democrat to represent Kansas in the House since Dennis Moore left office in 2011. She is also only the second Democrat to represent what is now the 3rd since 1963.
In the 2020 elections, Davids ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, winning 74,437 votes.
Davids faced the Republican nominee, Cerner Corporation executive and former Kansas Republican Party chairwoman Amanda Adkins, in the general election. Davids was endorsed by the Kansas City Star.
Davids defeated Adkins with 53.6% of the vote compared to Adkins's 43.6%.
On December 18, 2019, Davids voted to impeach President Donald Trump and was the only person representing Kansas to do so. In March 2020, Davids quarantined herself for possible exposure to coronavirus. Prior to this, she had mostly switched her congressional office from physical to digital.
- Committee on Small Business
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus (Co-chair)
- Congressional Native American Caucus (Vice Chair)
- New Democrat Coalition
In 2019, Representative Cheri Bustos, then chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, took note of Davids, "rating her toward the top of the freshman class in terms of doing things the right way."
In June 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, an event widely considered a watershed moment in the modern LGBTQ rights movement, Queerty named her one of the Pride50 "trailblazing individuals who actively ensure society remains moving towards equality, acceptance and dignity for all queer people". She was also named to the 2021 Fast Company Queer 50 list.
|Republican||Kevin Yoder (incumbent)||136,104||44.2|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
- United States congressional delegations from Kansas
- List of LGBT members of the United States Congress
- List of Native Americans in the United States Congress
- Women in the United States House of Representatives
- 2020 Kansas elections
- Sharice, Davids. "When the coronavirus hit and our economy slowed, Kansas businesses took a hit. Yet Wall Street's booming. It shows the deck is stacked. That's why I'm working to get COVID aid to small businesses, keeping Kansans on the job". Twitter. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
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