Rodney Davis Biography
Rodney Davis is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Illinois’s 13th congressional district since 2013. A Republican, Davis successfully ran for re-election in 2014, 2016, and 2018.
Rodney Davis Age
Rodney Davis was born on January 5, 1970, in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. He is 49 years old as of 2019.
Rodney Davis Net worth
Rodney Davis earns his income from his businesses and from other related organizations. He also earns his income from his work as a politician. He has an estimated net worth of $ 4 million dollars.
Rodney Davis Education
Rodney Davis attended a public school. He then graduated from Millikin University in 1992 with a degree in political science.
Rodney Davis Wife | Kids
Rodney Davis is married to Shannon Davis in 1995, the couples were blessed, three children Toryn Davis (daughter), Griffin Davis (son) and Clark Davis (son)
Rodney Davis Early political career
Rodney Davis after graduating from college, Davis worked for then-Secretary of State George Ryan. In 1996, he lost a race for the state legislature. In 1998, Davis managed the first re-election campaign for Illinois Congressman John Shimkus.
Following the successful campaign, Davis accepted a position on Shimkus’ congressional staff. In 2000, Davis lost his second campaign, this time for mayor of his hometown, Taylorville. He served as Shimkus’ Projects Director while simultaneously running for Congress.
Rodney Davis U.S House of Representatives
On May 19, 2012, the Republican County Chairmen for the 14 Illinois counties comprising the 13th district nominated Davis as the Republican candidate in the 13th District. This district had previously been the 15th, represented by six-term incumbent Republican Tim Johnson, who had announced in April that he would not seek re-election.
Other finalists for the nomination were Jerry Clarke, chief of staff to fellow U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren and Johnson’s former chief of staff; Erika Harold, a lawyer and winner of Miss America in 2003; and Kathy Wassink, a businesswoman.
He was coaching his sons’ little league baseball game when he was informed that he had been nominated. Davis narrowly defeated David M. Gill in the general election by a margin of 1,002 votes (0.3%).
On June 13, 2013, former Miss America Erika Harold announced she would run against Davis in the 2014 Republican primary. The primary took place on March 18, 2014. The Republican field included Davis, Harold, and Michael Firsching. He won the primary with 55% of the vote.
He faced Democrat Ann Callis in the general election on November 4, 2014. He was reportedly a top target for the Democrats but won the general election with 59% of the vote.
Davis won re-election in 2016. He defeated Ethan Vandersand in the primary and faced Democrat Mark Wicklund and independent David Gill in the general election on November 8, 2016. Davis received 59.7% of the vote.
On March 20, 2018, Betsy Londrigan won the Democratic primary in District 13 with over 45% of the vote, beating Erik Jones, David Gill, Jonathan Ebel, and Angel Sides. In May 2018, the American Federation of Government Employees endorsed Davis for re-election.
AFGE District 7 National Vice President Dorothy James said, “We hope that Rep. Davis will continue his good work on Capitol Hill for years to come and are happy to announce our support for him today.” On November 6, 2018, Davis won reelection 50.7% to 49.3% in the narrowest win of his career.
Davis is a member of the Veterinary Medicine Caucus and the Climate Solutions Caucus. He was previously a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership and served as chair of the Republican Main Street Caucus. As of March 2018, Davis had voted in line with President Donald Trump’s position 96.5 percent of the time, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Davis said in a June 2018 interview that “we’ve got to stop this politicizing everything like dinner.” He added that “Donald Trump was elected, in my opinion, because of this move toward making everything politically correct in this country.”
Rodney Davis Committee assignments
- Committee on Agriculture
- Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
- Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture
- United States House Transportation Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
- Committee on House Administration (Ranking Member)
- Subcommittee on Elections (Ranking Member)
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation (Vice Chair)
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
Rodney Davis Political positions
Davis was ranked as the 23rd most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the 114th United States Congress (and the second most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois) in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy that ranks members of the United States Congress by their degree of bipartisanship (by measuring the frequency each member’s bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party and each member’s co-sponsorship of bills by members of the opposite party).
In 2015, he voted to lift a ban on travel to Cuba.
Davis voted for H.J.Res.59 – Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014, which resulted in the Government Shutdown of 2013. After the vote, Politico reported that Davis also intended to vote for a bill that would end the shutdown, stressing that an agreement needed to be made and that “Like most of those I represent, I remain opposed to Obamacare, but a government shutdown is absolutely unacceptable.”
In March 2018, in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Davis said the shooting could have been prevented if the perpetrator had been charged with a felony for bringing a gun to school earlier. Davis said he believed more funding should be directed to mental health programs and that loopholes in background checks should be closed, but that he did not see banning guns as a solution.
Davis voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. On May 4, 2017, Davis voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA). During his re-election campaign, Davis falsely claimed that The Washington Post fact-checker had found his opponent’s claims about the impact of Obamacare’s repeal on preexisting conditions to be false. The Washington Post fact-checker responded, saying that Davis was “twisting an unrelated fact check and [was] misleading voters.”
In June 2016, Davis cast the deciding vote on a bill to retain the ability of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to join the U.S. military. The program would allow a quicker pathway to citizenship for those who serve. In September 2017, some constituents protested Davis’ opposition to extending the DACA legislation without concurrent funding for a border wall.
In June 2018, Davis told an interviewer that he hoped to co-sponsor a “stand-alone bill” that would address the separation of adult illegal aliens at the Mexican border from the children accompanying them. He expressed optimism that Congress could come up with some compromise on these issues.
Davis voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. He said the tax bill will improve the economy without impacting the deficit. He said Americans will see “more money in the pockets” come February 2018 as a result of the bill.
In a December 26, 2017, interview on CNN, Davis said that the U.S. would see increase tax revenue because of the economic growth resulting from the tax cut, and this, in turn, would bring down the national deficit.
In an April 2018 interview, Davis expressed concern about the impact of proposed tariffs on Illinois soybean farmers and other Illinois agricultural workers but was glad that President Trump had given “a lot of free rein” to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Davis highlighted unfair trade practices by China and noted the adverse effect on the domestic steel industry.
In a June 2018 interview, he reiterated concern about some of President Trump’s proposed tariffs impact on his constituents as well as their impact on certain foreign countries. Although he felt “the president was right to actually address the steel discrepancy that he saw from countries like China,” he wished that Trump “would focus on…actors like China rather than punishing our allies.”
Davis introduced the Hire More Heroes Act of 2013 into the House on November 13, 2013. The bill would allow employers to exclude veterans receiving health insurance from the United States Department of Defense or the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs from their list of employees.
This would have had the effect of keeping their list of employees shorter, allowing some small businesses to fall underneath the 50 full-time employees line that would require them to provide their employees with healthcare under the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
He said that the bill “gives our small businesses another incentive to hire veterans, which helps to address the increasing number of unemployed veterans while providing them with some relief from ObamaCare.”
He voted to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act.
Davis is anti-abortion, opposes public abortion funding, and is against religious institutions being required to offer health plans that include coverage for birth control.
Davis has cast several votes in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. Davis has a “B” rating from NORML for his voting history regarding cannabis-related causes. Davis supports veterans having access to medical marijuana if recommended by their Veterans Health Administration doctor and if it is legal for medicinal purposes in their state of residence. He supports industrial hemp farming and medical marijuana research.
Rodney Davis Personal life
Rodney Davis and his wife Shannon wed in 1995, and the couple currently lives in Taylorville, Illinois. They have three children. He holds various positions throughout his community. He serves on the Board of Education for St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, where his family is parishioners and where he serves as volunteer athletic director.
He coaches Taylorville Junior Football, is a member of the Taylorville Optimist Club and serves on the Board of Directors for the Christian County Senior Center. Davis plays catcher for the GOP team in the Congressional Baseball Game, held annually for charity.
Rodney Davis for Congress
On January 3, 2013, Rodney was sworn-in as the congressman for the 13th District of Illinois, a 14-county district covering both urban and rural areas of Central and Southwestern Illinois. As a Member of the 115th Congress, Rodney serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Transportation & Infrastructure.
Since the age of seven, Rodney has lived in Taylorville, where he attended public school. He continued his education in central Illinois and graduated with honors from Millikin University in Decatur.