Sharice Davids

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Sharice Davids
Sharice Davids.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byKevin Yoder
Personal details
Born
Sharice Lynnette Davids

(1980-05-22) May 22, 1980 (age 39)
Frankfurt, Germany
Political partyDemocratic
EducationHaskell Indian Nations University
University of Kansas
Johnson County Community College
University of Missouri–Kansas City (BA)
Cornell University (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

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.[1] A member of the Democratic Party, her district serves most of the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area, including cities such as Kansas City, Overland Park, Lenexa, and Olathe.

Davids is the first Democrat elected to represent a Kansas congressional district in a decade.[2] Davids is the first openly LGBT Native American elected to the United States Congress, the first openly gay person elected to the United States Congress from Kansas, and one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress (along with Deb Haaland of New Mexico).[3][4][5] She is also the second Native American to represent Kansas in Congress (after Charles Curtis).

A lawyer educated at the University of Missouri–Kansas City and Cornell Law School, Davids was a professional mixed martial artist in the 2010s.

Early life and education[edit]

Davids was born on May 22, 1980 in Frankfurt, West Germany.[6]

Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) people, and an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. She lives in Roeland Park.

Her maternal grandfather, Fredrick J. Davids, a United States Army veteran, was born into the Mohican Nation Stockbridge-Munsee Band, in Oneida, Wisconsin.[7] Sharice was raised by Fredrick's daughter, her mother Crystal Herriage,[8] 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.[citation needed][9][10] Davids earned her Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in 2010.[11]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

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.[11] 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.[10]

Record[edit]

Professional
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Rosa Acevedo Decision (unanimous) LCS 18 March 1, 2014 3 5:00 Torrington, Wyoming, United States [12][13]
Win 1–0 Nadia Nixon Submission (triangle choke) Shamrock FC – Conquest November 1, 2013 1 2:08 Kansas City, Missouri, United States [13]
Amateur
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 5–1 Heather Rafferty Decision (unanimous) Pride & Pain MMA October 20, 2012 3 3:00 Hot Springs, South Dakota, United States [13]
Win 4–1 Chandra Engel Submission (triangle choke) Ultimate Blue Corner Battles January 27, 2012 1 2:36 North Kansas City, Missouri, United States [13]
Win 3–1 Ronni Nanney TKO (knee & punch) Ultimate Blue Corner Battles April 1, 2011 3 3:00 North Kansas City, Missouri, United States [13]
Win 2–1 Stacia Hoss TKO (knee & punch) Ultimate Blue Corner Battles August 27, 2010 1 0:27 North Kansas City, Missouri, United States [13]
Loss 1–1 Erin Reynolds Submission (armbar) Shamrock FC: Midwest Fightfest May 11, 2007 1 1:53 Kansas City, Missouri, United States [13]
Win 1–0 Courtney Martel Technical Submission (triangle choke) ISFC Midwest Fightfest October 27, 2006 1 0:44 Kansas City, Missouri, United States [13]

Legal career[edit]

Davids began her legal career at SNR Denton in 2010.[14] She later directed community and economic development for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and opened her own business, Hoka Coffee.

In 2016, she worked as a White House Fellow in the Department of Transportation during the transition between the Obama and Trump administrations.[9]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

In the 2018 election, 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.[15]

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' 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 was reinstated.[16]

Davids defeated incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder in the November 6, 2018, general election.[17][18] She and fellow Democrat Deb Haaland of New Mexico, a Laguna Pueblo, are the first Native American women to serve in Congress.

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Electoral history[edit]

Kansas's 3rd Congressional District Democratic Primary (2018)[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sharice Davids 23,066 37.3
Democratic Brent Welder 20,904 33.8
Democratic Tom Niermann 8,844 14.3
Democratic Mike McCamon 4,278 6.9
Democratic Sylvia Williams 2,906 4.7
Democratic Jay Sidie 1,762 2.9
Total votes 61,760 100
Kansas's 3rd Congressional District Election (2018)[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sharice Davids 164,253 53.3
Republican Kevin Yoder (incumbent) 136,104 44.2
Libertarian Chris Clemmons 7,643 2.5
Total votes 343,113 100
Democratic gain from Republican

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Missouri Bar 2010 Admittees
  2. ^ Lowry, Brian (April 15, 2019). "'Not a showoff.' Sharice Davids' quiet approach endears her to Democratic leaders." The Kansas City Star. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  3. ^ Watkins, Eli (November 7, 2018). "First Native American women elected to Congress: Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland". CNN.
  4. ^ Lowry, Bryan; Bergen, Katy (November 6, 2018). "Sharice Davids makes history: Kansas' 1st gay rep, 1st Native American woman in Congress". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "CNN.com – Transcripts". Transcripts.cnn.com. August 23, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  6. ^ "DAVIDS, Sharice". U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved June 25, 2019. Official listing on the History archives of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  7. ^ Fredrick J. Davids obituary, Amos Funeral Home, June 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  8. ^ Sharice Davids makes history: Kansas’ 1st gay rep, 1st Native American woman in Congress, The Kansas City Star, Bryan Lowry & Katy Bergen, November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Shawnee resident, White House fellow Sharice Davids enters race for Yoder's seat". February 15, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Karim Zidan (August 6, 2018). "How Sharice Davids traded in MMA for a shot at political history". The Guardian. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Raimondi, Marc (March 14, 2018). "Ex-MMA fighter Sharice Davids trying to go from the cage to Congress". MMA Fighting. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "Rosa Acevedo". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h Sherdog.com. "Sharice Davids MMA Stats". Sherdog. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  14. ^ Stanley-Becker, Isaac (August 14, 2018). "Sharice Davids, who sees past discrimination as her asset, could become the first gay Native American in Congress". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  15. ^ Senter, Jay (August 8, 2018). "Sharice Davids edges Brent Welder for Democratic nomination, will face Kevin Yoder in fall". Shawnee Mission Post. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  16. ^ We Fact-Checked The Two Candidates In Kansas' 3rd District, And One Got An 'F', By Celisa Calacal, KCUR, October 29, 2018
  17. ^ Kenny, Caroline (August 9, 2018). "Ex-MMA fighter Sharice Davids could become the first lesbian Native American congresswoman – CNNPolitics". Cnn.com. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  18. ^ "Sharice Davids edges Brent Welder for Democratic nomination, will face Kevin Yoder in fall". August 8, 2018. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  19. ^ "Members". LGBT Equality Caucus. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  20. ^ "Native American Caucus Leadership Established for 116th Congress". Representative Debra Haaland. January 30, 2019. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  21. ^ "Kansas Primary Election Results". The New York Times. New York. September 24, 2018. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  22. ^ "Kansas Election Results: Third House District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 9, 2018.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Kevin Yoder
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas's 3rd congressional district
2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Joe Cunningham
United States Representatives by seniority
362nd
Succeeded by
Madeleine Dean