Sharon Davis

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Sharon Ryer Davis
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First Lady of California
In role
January 4, 1999 – November 17, 2003
Governor Gray Davis
Preceded by Gayle Edlund Wilson
Succeeded by Maria Shriver
Second Lady of California
In role
January 2, 1995 – January 4, 1999
Governor Pete Wilson
Preceded by Jacqueline McCarthy
Succeeded by Arcelia Bustamante
Personal details
Born Sharon Ryer
(1954-05-06) May 6, 1954 (age 62)
Brentwood, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Gray Davis (m. 1980)
Alma mater Santana High School
Profession writer, activist

Sharon Ryer Davis (born 1954) is the wife of former California Governor Gray Davis. She is also a former Miss Santee and the author of the children's book, The Adventures of Capitol Kitty.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Davis attended Santana High School in Santee, California. While there, she entered the Miss Santee contest and won. Shortly after high school she began working at Pacific Southwest Airlines as a flight attendant.[3]


Sharon met Gray Davis in 1979 while he was Chief of Staff for then Governor Jerry Brown. She was not happy that her plane was being held up to wait for Davis. She scolded him when he arrived.

First Lady of California[edit]

As First Lady, Davis was active in children's health and education, especially literacy, creating the Governor's Book Fund, which provided funds for school libraries. She wrote a children's book titled The Adventures of Capitol Kitty to help pay for the fund. She eventually helped raise 750,000 dollars.[4] During the United States presidential election, 2000, her husband was rumored to be a potential vice presidential running mate for Al Gore, but Davis turned it down, eventually going to Joe Lieberman. Davis was also rumored to be a potential presidential candidate in 2004. She left the office of First Lady in November 2003, after her husband's recall.


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  2. ^ Ainsworth, Bill. It's her policy to be involved:Sharon Davis plans to be player in education issues The San Diego Union - Tribune. San Diego, Calif.: Jan 4, 1999. pg. A.1
  3. ^ Lescher, Dave. Sharon Davis, From Santee to Sacramento, California's new leading lady. Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, Calif.: Jan 1, 1999. pg. 1
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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Gayle Edlund Wilson
First Lady of New California
Succeeded by
Maria Shriver