Danny K. DavisDanny K. Davis- IL7

Current Position: US Representative for IL District 7 since 1997
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Cook County Board of Commissioners from 1990 – 1997; Member of the Chicago City Counci from 1979 – 1990

Featured Quote: 
Given the VAST amount of information pubically available on the extensive damage from the Jan 6th events – I can’t tell if you are trolling or pitifully trolling.

Featured Video: 
Congressman Danny Davis discusses no-knock warrant reform

Other Positions:
House of Representatives, Regional Whip

Welcome to the Illinois 7th Congressional District!

I am pleased to join with my colleague Representative Raja Khristamorti to announce that monies approved as a part of the American Rescue Plan to help deal with the issues of burnout among healthcare workers and to reduce and promote mental health and wellness.

The Covid 19 pandemic has taken its toll on the health workforce, and we must do everything practical and professional to keep our frontlines in good shape, therefore we are please to note that this $103 million dollars is being released by HRSA and will greatly help keep our Health Workforce, healthy and working.  We must and we will arrest this virus.

‘I almost didn’t run,’ Davis says at reelection launch
The Wednesday Journal, Michael RomainAugust 10, 2021 (Medium)

During a campaign event outside of his district offices on Chicago’s West Side, longtime Congressman Danny K. Davis (7th) announced on Aug. 8 that he’s running for another term.

Several suburban political leaders, including Cook County Assessor and Oak Park resident Fritz Kaegi, Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey and Forest Park Mayor Rory Hoskins, spoke in support of Davis at Sunday’s launch.

“I’m so happy to be here today to stand next to Danny, because Danny’s been standing next to me for well over 30 years,” said Harvey. “He’s been my mentor, he’s been a friend to the village of Bellwood … and we’re going to make sure everyone in Bellwood and the Proviso Township area support Danny.”

Hoskins said he’s known Davis for about 20 years and considers him “something of a mentor,” adding that since he took office in Forest Park, Davis “has been that much more of a mentor.”

During his remarks, Davis talked about the Second Chance Act — legislation the West Side congressman introduced in 2007 that has helped smoothen the path to reentry for prisoners around the country.

Davis also touted the Community Renewal and New Markets Act, legislation that the congressman said was “the last bill that Bill Clinton signed when he was president” and that “has brought billions of dollars in reinvestment to our disadvantaged communities all over America.”

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for IL District 7 since 1997
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Cook County Board of Commissioners from 1990 – 1997; Member of the Chicago City Counci from 1979 – 1990

Featured Quote: 
Given the VAST amount of information pubically available on the extensive damage from the Jan 6th events – I can’t tell if you are trolling or pitifully trolling.

Featured Video: 
Congressman Danny Davis discusses no-knock warrant reform

Other Positions:
House of Representatives, Regional Whip

News

Welcome to the Illinois 7th Congressional District!

I am pleased to join with my colleague Representative Raja Khristamorti to announce that monies approved as a part of the American Rescue Plan to help deal with the issues of burnout among healthcare workers and to reduce and promote mental health and wellness.

The Covid 19 pandemic has taken its toll on the health workforce, and we must do everything practical and professional to keep our frontlines in good shape, therefore we are please to note that this $103 million dollars is being released by HRSA and will greatly help keep our Health Workforce, healthy and working.  We must and we will arrest this virus.

‘I almost didn’t run,’ Davis says at reelection launch
The Wednesday Journal, Michael RomainAugust 10, 2021 (Medium)

During a campaign event outside of his district offices on Chicago’s West Side, longtime Congressman Danny K. Davis (7th) announced on Aug. 8 that he’s running for another term.

Several suburban political leaders, including Cook County Assessor and Oak Park resident Fritz Kaegi, Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey and Forest Park Mayor Rory Hoskins, spoke in support of Davis at Sunday’s launch.

“I’m so happy to be here today to stand next to Danny, because Danny’s been standing next to me for well over 30 years,” said Harvey. “He’s been my mentor, he’s been a friend to the village of Bellwood … and we’re going to make sure everyone in Bellwood and the Proviso Township area support Danny.”

Hoskins said he’s known Davis for about 20 years and considers him “something of a mentor,” adding that since he took office in Forest Park, Davis “has been that much more of a mentor.”

During his remarks, Davis talked about the Second Chance Act — legislation the West Side congressman introduced in 2007 that has helped smoothen the path to reentry for prisoners around the country.

Davis also touted the Community Renewal and New Markets Act, legislation that the congressman said was “the last bill that Bill Clinton signed when he was president” and that “has brought billions of dollars in reinvestment to our disadvantaged communities all over America.”

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Danny K. Davis was chosen by the people of the 7th Congressional District of Illinois as their Representative in Congress on November 5, 1996. He has been re-elected by large majorities to succeeding Congresses.

In the 117th Congress, Representative Davis has been reappointed to the Committee on Ways and Means and is the Chairman of the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee.  Davis also serves on the Oversight and Reform Committee.  Congressman Davis is a member of several Congressional Caucuses including the Congressional Black Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, the Urban Caucus, the Community Health Center’s Caucus, the Congressional Sugar Caucus, the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Re-entry.

Congressman Davis has distinguished himself as an articulate voice for his constituents and as an effective legislator able to move major bills to passage.  He has developed a unique and energetic style of communication and interaction with his constituents setting up dozens of advisory task forces to consider significant questions of public policy. He hosts several weekly television and radio shows which feature audience call in and produces regular written reports to every household in the district. In addition, he maintains weekly office hours in the district and is widely sought after as a speaker at conferences and events.

In the 117th Congress Representative Davis is resolutely committed to preserving our democracy, protecting social security, maintaining our nation’s gains in civil and human rights, women’s rights, voting rights, protection of the environment, consumer and labor protections, reducing inequality, and ensuring quality, affordable health care for all, while maintaining his long time focus on issues of job creation, poverty, health care, education, youth and criminal justice reform.

Prior to his election to the Congress he served on the Cook County Board of Commissioners having been elected in November 1990 and reelected in November 1994. Previously, he served for eleven years as a member of the Chicago City Council as Alderman of the 29th Ward.

Before seeking public office Congressman Davis had productive careers as an educator, community organizer, health planner/administrator and civil rights advocate. He has received hundreds of awards and citations for outstanding work in the areas of health, education, human relations, politics and advocacy including six honorary Doctorate Degrees from well known Colleges and Universities. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and has spent time in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and in South and Central America.

Born in Parkdale, Arkansas, on September 6, 1941, Congressman Davis moved to the Westside of Chicago in 1961, after having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arkansas A.M. & N. College. He subsequently earned both Masters and Doctorate degrees respectively from Chicago State University and the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He is married to Vera G. Davis, has two sons, Jonathan and Stacey (deceased), and is a member and Deacon of the New Galilee M.B. Church.

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Daniel K. Davis (born September 6, 1941) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative from Illinois’s 7th congressional district, elected in 1996. The district serves much of western Chicago, including the Loop. It also includes several of Chicago’s inner western suburbs, such as Bellwood, Oak Park, and River Forest. Davis is a Democrat, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus,[1][2] and a former member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) serving in Congress.[3] Davis was one of 31 U.S. representatives who voted against counting the electoral votes from Ohio in the 2004 presidential election.[4]

Early life, education, and career

Davis was born in Parkdale, Arkansas, and educated at Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; B.A. in history, 1961), Chicago State University (M.S. in guidance, 1968), and the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio (Ph.D. in public administration, 1977).[5]

Davis worked as a government clerk, a high school teacher, executive director of the Greater Lawndale Conservation Commission, director of training at the Martin L. King Neighborhood Health Center, and executive director of the Westside Health Center before entering politics, where he represented Chicago’s 29th Ward on the Chicago City Council from 1979 until 1990.[6]

He challenged Congresswoman Cardiss Collins in Democratic primaries in 1984 and 1986, but lost both races. In 1990, Davis unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Edward J. Rosewell for the Democratic nomination for Cook County Treasurer. Also in 1990, Davis was elected to the Cook County Board of Commissioners, serving from 1990 to 1996 before entering the House.[7] Davis had also waged an unsuccessful campaign against Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in the 1991 Democratic mayoral primary.

Cook County Board of Commissioners

Davis was elected to the Cook County Board of Commissioners from Chicago at-large in 1990. When the board transitioned to district elections in 1994, he was elected to its 1st district in in 1994.

Entering the United States Congress in 1997, Davis left the Cook County Board of Commissioners. He desired to see Illinois State Senator Earlean Collins appointed his successor on the board, but party leaders instead chose to appoint Darlena Williams-Burnett, executive assistant of Jesse White and the wife of alderman Walter Burnett Jr. Collins ultimately challenged and unseated Williams-Burnett in the Democratic primary for the seat in 1998.[8][9][10]

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Elections

Davis, 1997.

On December 6, 1995, Davis announced his candidacy for the 7th congressional district, adding his name to the already announced Democratic candidates, including Alderman Percy Z. Giles, Cook County Board of Commissioners member Bobbie L. Steele, Alderman Ed Smith, and Alderman Dorothy Tillman.[11] Five other Democratic candidates entered the race later: S. Mendenhall, Joan Sullivan, G. Winbush, Anthony Travis, and Joan Powell, making it the largest field of candidates for U.S. Congress in Illinois for 1996.[12] Davis resided a block outside the 7th congressional district, but he was familiar in the district.[13][14]

Davis ran on the progressive Democratic platform popular in the district. He was pro-choice and supported gay rights, the ERA, single-payer health care, and some federal support for child nutrition and care.[13]

In early January 1996, the FBI revealed its Operation Silver Shovel, which included an investigation into Alderman Percy Z. Giles.[15] What Operation Silver Shovel may have done to undermine Giles’s chances for election are unclear as he was already lagging with a mere 3% among likely Democratic primary voters in a mid-December poll compared to Davis’ 33%, Smith’s 8%, Tillman’s 7%, and Steele’s 6%.[16] However, up until Operation Silver Shovel Giles did have Mayor Richard M. Daley‘s support and that of other well-known area figures—some of whom continued their support during the controversy.[17]

On March 10, 1996, during a radio debate hosted by WMAQ-AM, Tillman and Smith called for Davis to reject the endorsement of former alderman candidate Wallace “Gator” Bradley,[18] spokesman for convicted Gangster Disciples leader Larry Hoover.[17] “Why do you keep badgering me with this question?” Davis replied. “You got a problem with something? You’re not going to catch me going around saying I hate Gator Bradley… I’m not in the business of disavowing individuals. The good Lord said he hated sin, but not sinners. I’m not hating Gator Bradley. I disagree with those who commit crime and those who’d use drugs, but you won’t catch me going around saying that I hate Gator Bradley.”[17] Davis never rejected Bradley’s endorsement during the campaign and after winning the primary claimed that Bradley’s endorsement played no role in the outcome, though Bradley asserted the contrary.[19]

During the campaign, Tillman highlighted comments Davis made in an August 1970 issue of Ebony: “(T)he white female often gives the black man certain kinds of recognition that the black woman often does not give him.”[20] The Davis campaign countered that Davis was speaking as a psychologist in his role as a training director at a health center.[20]

Although Davis was fully promoted as a Democratic candidate, he also ran as a New Party candidate.[21][22][23] Supporting this was New Party’s celebration of him as the “first New Party member elected to the U.S. Congress.”[24] Although the State of Illinois did not permit fusion voting, New Party advocated fusion voting as a means to promote their party and party agenda and to particularly project New Party ideology into the mainstream Democratic Party.[25] Candidates were referred to as “N[ew]P[arty] Democrats”[25] and were required to sign a contract mandating a “visible and active relationship” with New Party.[26] During this timeframe, New Party was experiencing substantial growth.[27] Davis also received the endorsement of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA)[28] of which he is a member[29][30] and had a relationship pre-dating his congressional run.[31] ACORN, AFL-CIO, Sierra Club, and International Brotherhood of Teamsters are included in other groups also endorsing Davis in his bid.[32]

In the March 20 Democratic primaries, Davis received more votes than the two closest candidates — Tillman and Smith — combined.[12] The first five announced candidates all received more than double the five late-entering candidates with none of the latter receiving more than 2,700 votes.[12]

In the November 5 general election, Davis won with over 82 percent of the votes cast over Republican and third-party candidates Chauncey L. Stroud (Independent), Toietta Dixon (Libertarian), and Charles A. Winter (Natural Law).[33]

Davis with President Barack Obama in January 2011

Davis watches as President Obama signs an executive order on July 26, 2012

Tenure

Davis expressed interest in replacing John Stroger on the ballot in the 2006 race for President of the Cook County Board.[34] Stroger’s son Todd Stroger was ultimately selected.

In late 2008 Davis expressed interest in being President Barack Obama‘s replacement in the U.S. Senate before Illinois Governor Blagojevich’s major scandal erupted.[35] In a December 31, 2008, article published on the website of The New York Times, Davis said that he turned down an offer from representatives of Blagojevich to appoint him to the Senate.[36] Instead, Blagojevich appointed Roland Burris.[37]

Davis ran a second time for Mayor of Chicago in 2011, but withdrew before election and endorsed Carol Moseley Braun.[38]

In the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries, Davis endorsed Joe Biden.[39][40]

Rev. Sun Myung Moon

In 2004, Davis was met with national controversy when he crowned the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon in a religious ceremony at the Dirksen Senate Office Building honoring the controversial spiritual leader.[41][42] Moon declared himself the Messiah at the crowning ceremony, in which Davis appeared on the invitation as a sponsoring co-chair.[42] Davis wore white gloves and carried the crown on a pillow to crown Moon and his wife “the King and Queen of Peace.”[43] Davis told Christian Challenge that Moon declaring himself the Messiah “was similar to a baseball team owner telling team members that ‘we are the greatest team on earth’” prior to a baseball game. Davis said the peace awards were to “recognize people for promoting peace. Of course the highest recognition goes to the highest promoter and the highest promoter is Reverend Moon, so they come up with something higher than the certificates and plaques that other folks get.”[42]
Other lawmakers who attended included Senator Mark Dayton (DMinn.), Representatives Roscoe Bartlett (RMd.) and Elijah Cummings (DMd.), as well as former Representative Walter Fauntroy (DD.C.) . Key organizers of the event included George Augustus Stallings, Jr., a controversial former Roman Catholic priest who had been married by Moon, and Michael Jenkins, the president of the Unification Church of the United States at that time.[44]

Trip paid for by Tamil Tigers

As the 15th most prolific traveler in Congress, Davis stirred up controversy by accepting a trip to Sri Lanka in 2005 on behalf of the Tamil minority there, paid for by the Tamil Tigers, a group that the U.S. government has designated as a terrorist organization for its use of suicide bombers and child soldiers. Davis said that he was unaware that the Tigers were the source of the trip’s funding.[45]

Relationship with Louis Farrakhan

Davis has said that Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam who has attracted considerable controversy regarding his repeated anti-Semitic and homophobic remarks, is an “outstanding human being” and “I personally know [Farrakhan], I’ve been to his home, done meetings, participated in events with him.” In March 2018 he said, “The world is so much bigger than Farrakhan and the Jewish question and his position on that and so forth. For those heavy into it, that’s their thing, but it ain’t my thing.”[46][47][48][49] Davis condemned Farrakhan’s views later that month, saying, “So let me be clear: I reject, condemn and oppose Minister Farrakhan’s views and remarks regarding the Jewish people and the Jewish religion.”[50] He attended Farrakhan’s Million Man March and was the only member of Congress to address the 20th anniversary of it.[51][52]

Committee assignments

Party leadership and caucus membership

Electoral history

Illinois 7th Congressional District General Election, 1996[55]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis 149,568 82.59
RepublicanRandy Borow27,24115.04
IndependentChauncey L. Stroud1,9441.07
LibertarianToietta Dixon1,5710.87
Natural LawCharles A. Winter7710.43
Total votes181,095 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 1998[56]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 57,200 85.06
DemocraticWilner J. Jackson10,04614.94
Total votes67,246 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District General Election, 1998[57]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 130,984 92.92
LibertarianDorne E. Van Cleave III9,9847.08
Total votes140,968 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District General Election, 2000[58]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 164,155 85.93
RepublicanRobert Dallas26,87214.07
Total votes191,027 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District General Election, 2002[59]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 137,933 83.21
RepublicanMark Tunney25,28015.25
LibertarianMartin Pankau2,5431.53
Total votes165,756 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2004[60]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 84,950 82.21
DemocraticAnita Rivkin-Carothers15,19014.70
DemocraticRobert Dallas3,1913.09
Total votes103,331 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District General Election, 2004[61]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 221,133 86.13
RepublicanAntonio Davis-Fairman35,60313.87
Total votes256,736 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2006[62]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 77,287 88.98
DemocraticJim Ascot6,6467.65
DemocraticRobert Dallas2,9213.36
Total votes86,854 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District General Election, 2006[63]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 143,071 86.70
RepublicanCharles Hutchinson21,93913.30
Write-in votesLowell M. Seida10.00
Total votes165,011 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2008[64]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 129,865 91.14
DemocraticRobert Dallas12,6298.86
Total votes142,494 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District General Election, 2008[65]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 235,343 85.02
RepublicanSteve Miller41,47414.98
Total votes276,817 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2010[66]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 52,728 66.77
DemocraticSharon Denise Dixon10,85113.74
DemocraticDarlena Williams-Burnett10,17312.88
DemocraticJim Ascot5,2216.61
Total votes78,973 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District General Election, 2010[67]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 149,846 81.50
RepublicanMark M. Weiman29,57516.09
IndependentClarence Desmond Clemons4,4282.41
Total votes183,849 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012[68]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 57,896 84.48
DemocraticJacques A. Conway10,63815.52
Total votes68,534 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District General Election, 2012[69]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 242,439 84.64
RepublicanRita Zak31,46610.99
IndependentJohn H. Monaghan12,5234.37
Write-in votesPhil Collins50.00
Write-in votesDennis Richter20.00
Total votes286,435 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District General Election, 2014[70]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 155,110 85.10
RepublicanRobert L. Bumpers27,16814.90
Total votes182,278 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2016[71]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 139,378 81.19
DemocraticThomas Day32,26118.79
DemocraticFrederick Collins250.01
Total votes171,664 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District General Election, 2016[72]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 250,584 84.24
RepublicanJeffrey A. Leef46,88215.76
Total votes297,466 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2018[73]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 81,570 73.86
DemocraticAnthony V. Clark28,86726.14
Total votes110,437 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District General Election, 2018[74]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 215,746 87.62
RepublicanCraig Cameron30,49712.38
Total votes246,243 100.0
Illinois 7th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2020[75]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Danny K. Davis (incumbent) 72,930 61.4
DemocraticKina Collins16,39513.8
DemocraticAnthony Clark15,02212.7
DemocraticKristine Schanbacher14,40012.1
Total votes118,747 100.0

Personal life

Davis, 2007.

Davis is married to Vera G. Davis. They have two children, Jonathan and Stacey[76] Davis is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.[77] Davis is notable for his support of the National Federation of the Blind. He spoke at their conventions in 2004 and 2005.[citation needed]

On November 18, 2016, Davis’ 15-year-old grandson, Javon Wilson, was murdered while trying to break up a fight during a home invasion in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.[78]

On March 30, 2017, Davis’ 44-year-old son, Stacey Wilson, was found dead in his home. He was the father of Javon Wilson.[79]

See also

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In the 117th Congress, Congressman Danny K. Davis will serve as Chairman of the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee on the House Ways and Means Committee and the Trade Subcommittee.  The Worker and Family Support Subcommittee (formerly known as the Human Resources Subcommittee) has jurisdiction to issues that relate to the public assistance provisions of the Social Security Act, including temporary assistance for needy families, child care, child and family services, child support, foster care, adoption, supplemental security income, social services, eligibility of welfare recipients for food stamps, and low-income energy assistance.

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Mike BostMike Bost- IL12

Current Position: US Representative for IL District 12 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1995 – 2015

Featured Quote: 
“I am a true believer that local control is better. I believe that our school boards should be able to make decisions on their own. I am not a big government person, and the only concern I have is that the fact is, the governor is taking a very strong step for local control,” Bost said.

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BOST APPLAUDS NEW BOEING FACILITY AT MIDAMERICA AIRPORT
Press ReleaseSeptember 17, 2021 (Medium)

O’FALLON, IL – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today applauded Boeing’s announcement that they will build the Navy’s newest carrier-based aircraft at a new 291,000 square-foot facility at MidAmerica Airport in St. Clair County.

“The Metro East region plays an essential role in our defense manufacturing industry with Southern Illinoisans producing components for the CH-47 Chinook, the F/A-18 Super Hornet, and now the MQ-25 Stingray,” said Bost. “The men and women working in the defense industry bolster our national security by ensuring that our armed forces have the aircraft they need to accomplish their missions. Not only that, this new Boeing facility at MidAmerica Airport will also create new jobs, expand our aviation manufacturing base, and help solidify Illinois’ innovative and technological leadership for years to come.”

The new 291,000 square-foot facility at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, scheduled to begin construction later this year, initially will employ approximately 150 mechanics, engineers and support staff who will build the MQ-25 Stingray, the Navy’s first operational, carrier-based unmanned aircraft. Employment at the facility could reach up to 300 with additional orders.

The new MQ-25 facility will be in addition to existing manufacturing operations at Boeing St. Clair, which produces components for the CH-47 Chinook, F/A-18 Super Hornet and other defense products.

BOST STATEMENT ON DEMOCRATS’ FEDERAL ELECTION TAKEOVER BILL
bost.house.gov, Press ReleaseSeptember 24, 2021 (Short)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted against House Democrats’ legislation to federalize state election laws, establish the Attorney General as an “elections czar,” and give the Biden Administration the authority to veto states’ voter ID laws.

“Earlier this year, the Washington Democrats failed to get their federal election takeover signed into law, so they are trying once again,” said Bost. “The Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides each state the right to regulate their own elections, not the federal government. This is a fundamental principle of federalism. We can all agree on the importance of ensuring the integrity of our elections, but what House Democrats want is to nationalize our state and local elections and give unelected Washington bureaucrats power over state election laws.”

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for IL District 12 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1995 – 2015

Featured Quote: 
“I am a true believer that local control is better. I believe that our school boards should be able to make decisions on their own. I am not a big government person, and the only concern I have is that the fact is, the governor is taking a very strong step for local control,” Bost said.

Featured Video: 

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BOST APPLAUDS NEW BOEING FACILITY AT MIDAMERICA AIRPORT
Press ReleaseSeptember 17, 2021 (Medium)

O’FALLON, IL – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today applauded Boeing’s announcement that they will build the Navy’s newest carrier-based aircraft at a new 291,000 square-foot facility at MidAmerica Airport in St. Clair County.

“The Metro East region plays an essential role in our defense manufacturing industry with Southern Illinoisans producing components for the CH-47 Chinook, the F/A-18 Super Hornet, and now the MQ-25 Stingray,” said Bost. “The men and women working in the defense industry bolster our national security by ensuring that our armed forces have the aircraft they need to accomplish their missions. Not only that, this new Boeing facility at MidAmerica Airport will also create new jobs, expand our aviation manufacturing base, and help solidify Illinois’ innovative and technological leadership for years to come.”

The new 291,000 square-foot facility at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, scheduled to begin construction later this year, initially will employ approximately 150 mechanics, engineers and support staff who will build the MQ-25 Stingray, the Navy’s first operational, carrier-based unmanned aircraft. Employment at the facility could reach up to 300 with additional orders.

The new MQ-25 facility will be in addition to existing manufacturing operations at Boeing St. Clair, which produces components for the CH-47 Chinook, F/A-18 Super Hornet and other defense products.

BOST STATEMENT ON DEMOCRATS’ FEDERAL ELECTION TAKEOVER BILL
bost.house.gov, Press ReleaseSeptember 24, 2021 (Short)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted against House Democrats’ legislation to federalize state election laws, establish the Attorney General as an “elections czar,” and give the Biden Administration the authority to veto states’ voter ID laws.

“Earlier this year, the Washington Democrats failed to get their federal election takeover signed into law, so they are trying once again,” said Bost. “The Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides each state the right to regulate their own elections, not the federal government. This is a fundamental principle of federalism. We can all agree on the importance of ensuring the integrity of our elections, but what House Democrats want is to nationalize our state and local elections and give unelected Washington bureaucrats power over state election laws.”

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Mike Bost 1

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Rep. Mike Bost is proud to represent the 12 counties of Illinois’ 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Sworn into office on January 6, 2015, Mike is continuing the fight for our Southern Illinois’ values in Washington – a fight he began in U.S. military, then as a first responder, a local job creator, and a state representative.

In the 117th Congress, Rep. Bost serves on two key committees: Veterans’ Affairs, and Transportation & Infrastructure.  On the Veterans’ Affairs Committee he serves as the Ranking Member, the top Republican on the Committee.

Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Bost served for two decades in the Illinois House of Representatives, rising to the leadership position of House Republican Caucus Chair.

Rep. Bost also served as a firefighter for the Murphysboro Fire Department.   He graduated from the University of Illinois’ Certified Firefighter II Academy in 1993 and continued to serve the Murphysboro Fire Department during his six terms as state representative.  Prior to that, Rep. Bost worked for 13 years at Bost Trucking Service, first as a driver and then for 10 years as a truck manager.

Rep. Bost is a lifelong resident of Murphysboro.  He graduated from Murphysboro High School in 1979.   After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps serving his country from 1979 to 1982.   He was trained as an electronic specialist and radar repairman and received an honorable discharge as a Corporal E-4.

In addition to his duties as a Member of Congress, Rep. Bost is very active in his church and community.   Rep. Bost and his wife, Tracy, own and operate a small business – the White House Salon – in Murphysboro.

Mike and Tracy have three children – Steven, Kasey Fred and Kaitlin Rose.  They have two sons-in-law, Travis Fred and Chad Rose, a daughter-in-law, Betsy, and eleven grandchildren.

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Michael Joseph Bost (/ˈbɔːst/; born December 30, 1960)[2] is an American politician. A member of the Republican Party, he has served as the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 12th congressional district since 2015. From 1995 to 2015, Bost was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 115th district. Prior to holding elected office, Bost was a firefighter.

Early life and career

Bost was raised Baptist[3] and graduated from Murphysboro High School.[4] He attended the University of Illinois Certified Firefighter II Academy, later becoming a firefighter. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1979 to 1982.[5]

Bost ran his family’s trucking business for ten years. Since 1989, Bost and his wife Tracy have owned and operated White House Beauty Salon in Murphysboro.[6]

Bost was a member of the Jackson County Board from 1984 to 1988, the treasurer of Murphysboro Township from 1989 to 1992, and trustee of Murphysboro Township from 1993 to 1995, until his election to the Illinois House of Representatives.[2]

Illinois State Legislature

Bost was first elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in November 1994, having lost his first campaign in 1992. In his 1994 campaign against incumbent Gerald Hawkins, he was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune.[1]

During the 2008 Republican Party presidential primaries, Bost worked on behalf of the presidential campaign of former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson serving as a congressional district chair for Illinois’s 12th congressional district.[7]

In May 2012, members of the Illinois House were given just 20 minutes to review and vote on a 200-page pension overhaul bill that had been revised at the last minute. Displeased with the situation, Bost exploded on the House floor, saying “These damn bills that come out of here all the damn time…at the last second and I’ve got to try figure out how to vote for my people!…[e]nough! I feel like somebody trying to be released from Egypt! Let my people go!” An opponent ran ads focusing on Bost’s anger, but many voters, according to NPR, “see his fury as well-placed.”[8][9][10] Bost’s rant earned him the runner-up spot on CNN‘s list of “Best Celebrity Flip-Outs of All-Time”.[11] Bost joked about his inclusion on the list, saying “I thought I was going to be No. 1.”[12] He later said he had been “angry at how legislators pushed a bill through and how Governor Pat Quinn was running Illinois.”[13]

In November 2013, Bost presented fellow U.S. Marine Archibald Mosley with Illinois House Resolution 706 for his lifetime accomplishments, including being among the first African-Americans to serve in the U.S. Marines. The presentation was part of a NAACP program.[14][15]

After the 2014 elections, Bost resigned early from the House so he could take office in Congress.[16] He was succeeded by Terri Bryant.[17]

Committees

Bost served on the following state legislative committees:[18]

  • Appropriations-Higher Education
  • Bio-Technology
  • Higher Education
  • Public Utilities

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2014

In 2014 Bost ran for U.S. Congress in Illinois’s 12th congressional district. He was unopposed in the Republican primary, and faced incumbent Democratic Representative William Enyart in the general election.[19]

Illinois’s largely agricultural 12th district was historically Democratic-leaning, but had been trending Republican, with President Obama having carried it by only 2 percentage points in his 2012 bid. Enyart was considered vulnerable due to being a freshman member in a competitive seat. Additionally, Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, who was running for reelection in 2014, was unpopular in the district.[12] The Cook Political Report rated the race a “Toss Up” and the National Journal ranked the district the 21st most likely to flip Republican in 2014.[12][20]

In a radio interview, Bost said some scientists believe in anthropogenic climate change while other scientists do not.[21]

Bost said he ran because “the federal government has basically blown everything they are doing right now.” He says he intended to fight for job growth and immigration reform.[22] Bost challenged Enyart to as many as a dozen debates.[23]

Bost was endorsed by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.[24]

Bost won the election with 53% of the vote to Enyart’s 42%, with independent candidate Paula Bradshaw taking 6%.[25] He won primarily by dominating the areas of the district outside the St. Louis suburbs, taking all but three of the district’s 12 counties.[26] He also benefited from the coattails of Bruce Rauner‘s successful run for governor; Rauner carried every county in the district.

After being elected to the House, Bost said he did not plan to acquire a second residence, but would sleep in his office while in Washington.[13]

2016

Bost ran for reelection in 2016. He was unopposed in the Republican primary, and faced Democrat C.J. Baricevic and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw in the general election.[27] Bost won the general election on November 8 with 54% of the vote.[28]

Bost was endorsed by the Illinois Education Association, Illinois’s largest labor union. In its endorsement, the union cited Bost’s “strong record in support of public education in the Metro East and Southern Illinois.”[29]

2018

Bost ran for and won re-election in 2018. In the Republican primary, he defeated challenger Preston Nelson with 83.5% of the vote. In the general election, Bost defeated Democratic nominee Brendan Kelly. Bost received 51.8% of the vote to Kelly’s 45.2%, with Green Party candidate Randy Auxier taking 3%.[30]

Tenure

Bost was sworn into office on January 6, 2015.[31]

In November 2014, Bost described President Obama, his former colleague in the Illinois legislature, as a “fluke” and said that “nobody ever thought he was going to rise.” He recalled a time when Obama, speaking to a group of reporters as Bost walked by, had said to them: “There you have it, one of the rich Republicans.” Bost purportedly responded, “that just proves you don’t know me at all.” He said that was his last exchange with Obama.[13]

After James Hodgkinson shot at GOP congressmen who were playing baseball in Virginia on June 14, 2017, injuring Steve Scalise, Bost said that his office has previously received phone calls from the attacker. “He’s contacted us just about 10 times, on every issue,” Bost said. “(He) was argumentative, but never threatening.”[32]

Bost is a member of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership[33] and the conservative Republican Study Committee.[34]

At a March 2017 meeting with editors of the Southern Illinoisan, Bost said that he did not do “town halls” because they had become too combative. “You know the cleansing that the Orientals used to do where you’d put one person out in front and 900 people yell at them? That’s not what we need. We need to have meetings with people that are productive.” His use of the word “Orientals” made national headlines. Bost apologized, saying he had “used a poor choice of words.” His spokesman said that Bost had been referring to public humiliation sessions during China‘s Cultural Revolution.[35][36]

Farming

In April 2016, a Bost bill to change how the government defines farms and ranches as small businesses passed the U.S. House with bipartisan support.[37]

Health care

At a March 2017 “telephone town hall,” Bost spoke about health care with several constituents who criticized Obamacare. Bost expressed support for the new American Health Care Act, saying, “doing nothing is not an option.” He promised the new bill did not portend a return to pre-Obama health care. “It’s not intended to go back to what it was prior to the Affordable Care Act,” Bost said. “We have to move forward because the system is collapsing.” He also praised “plans to strip money from Planned Parenthood and shift it to local health departments that help with women’s needs.”[38]

On May 4, 2017, Bost voted in favor of the American Health Care Act of 2017.[39]

Tax reform

Bost voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[40] Bost believes the bill will enable businesses to compete globally and therefore will improve the economy. The individual tax cuts expire in 2022. Bost wants to make them permanent.[41]

In December 2017, Bost signed a letter requesting that two education-related portions of the Internal Revenue code, one providing tuition breaks and the other incentivizing employees “to accept tax-free educational assistance from employers,” be left unchanged in the new tax bill. The letter pointed out that seven out of ten college students graduate with student loan debt, which “harms our economy because it prevents many young adults from buying a house, purchasing a car or saving for retirement.”[42]

Cannabis

Bost has a “D” rating from marijuana legalization advocacy organization the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) for his voting history regarding cannabis-related causes.[43]

Texas v. Pennsylvania

In December 2020, Bost was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives who signed an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden prevailed[44] over incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of the election held by another state.[45][46][47]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of “election subversion.” Additionally, Pelosi reprimanded Bost and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: “The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions.”[48][49] New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Bost and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit. Pascrell argued that “the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that.”[50]

On January 6th[51] and 7th,[52] 2021, Bost objected to and refused to accept the presidential election results of 2020, and attempted to overturn the results of the election in favor of Donald Trump by voting to strip the electoral votes from the state of Arizona and Pennsylvania.[citation needed]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 1992[58]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Gerald Hawkins 22,494 54.61
RepublicanMike Bost18,70045.39
Total votes41,194 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 1994[59]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost 17,004 56.21
DemocraticGerald Hawkins (incumbent)13,24543.79
Total votes30,249 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 1996[60]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 19,561 51.82
DemocraticJohn S. Rendleman18,18848.18
Total votes37,749 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 1998[61]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 18,523 55.11
DemocraticDon Strom15,08744.89
Total votes33,610 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2000[62]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 24,137 62.70
DemocraticRobert L. Koehn14,36237.30
Total votes38,499 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2002[63]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 20,338 60.55
DemocraticGerald Deering11,10233.05
Illinois Green PartyRich Whitney2,1506.40
Total votes33,590 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2004[64]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 27,984 59.99
DemocraticMic Middleton14,80431.74
GreenRich Whitney3,8598.27
Total votes46,647 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2006[65]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 23,289 77.87
GreenCharlie Howe6,62022.13
Total votes29,909 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2008[66]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 26,506 57.54
DemocraticCheryl Graff16,51535.85
GreenCharlie Howe3,0416.60
Total votes46,062 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2010[67]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 22,820 74.43
GreenCharlie Howe7,83925.57
Total votes30,659 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2012[68]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 37,192 100.0
Total votes37,192 100.0
Illinois 12th Congressional District General Election, 2014[69]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost 110,038 52.46
DemocraticWilliam L. “Bill” Enyart (incumbent)87,86041.89
GreenPaula Bradshaw11,8405.65
Total votes209,738 100.0
Illinois 12th Congressional District General Election, 2016[70]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 169,976 54.31
DemocraticCharles “C.J.” Baricevic124,24639.69
GreenPaula Bradshaw18,7806.00
Total votes313,002 100.0
Illinois 12th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2018[71]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 31,658 83.50
RepublicanPreston Nelson6,25816.50
Total votes37,916 100.0
Illinois 12th Congressional District General Election, 2018[72]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 134,884 51.57
DemocraticBrendan Kelly118,72445.39
GreenRandy Auxier7,9353.03
Total votes261,543 100.0

Personal life

Bost and his wife, Tracy, have three children and eleven grandchildren. He has said that his political hero is John Alexander Logan, an Illinois Democrat who had switched parties when the Civil War began. “He was willing to break ranks to do what was right,” Bost explained.[13]

On October 9, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bost announced that he had tested positive for the virus the previous day.[73]

References

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  2. ^ a b “BOST, Mike”. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress; retrieved April 2, 2015.
  3. ^ “Illinois-12: Mike Bost (R)”. NationalJournal.com. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  4. ^ Moser, Whet (May 31, 2012). “The Politics of Mike Bost’s Pension Rant: Upstate, Downstate”. Chicago Magazine. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  5. ^ “Representative Mike Bost (R)”. Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved August 21, 2014.
  6. ^ Vaughn, Lindsey Rae (July 10, 2014). “Candidate makes stops in Union County”. Gazette-Democrat. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  7. ^ Peters, Gerhard; Woolley, John T., eds. (November 8, 2007). “Press Release: Thompson Campaign Announces Illinois Leadership Team”. The American Presidency Project. University of California, Santa Barbara. Retrieved August 20, 2021.
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The @SBAgovhas approved a disaster declaration for McLean County and contiguous counties following historic flooding in June. A declaration opens up loans and financial assistance for those affected.

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Rep. Rodney Davis on Biden’s approach to infrastructure spending

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that Archers-Daniel-Midland (ADM) in Decatur will receive a $3,466,844 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office for biofuels research. The goal of the research to take place at ADM is to improve availability of data that will support bioprocessing separations development, as well as to develop supporting technologies to improve bioprocessing separations. More details on the project can be found here.

This award is one of 22 nationwide totaling $64.7M in an effort to develop technologies and processes that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels for heavy-duty forms of transportation like airplanes and ships.

DAVIS STATEMENT ON AMERICAN TROOPS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN
rodneydavis.house.gov, Press ReleaseSeptember 26, 2021 (Short)

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) released the following statement after American Servicemembers were killed in terrorist bombings at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan:

“May God bless our troops who made the ultimate sacrifice today while working to save American lives. My heart breaks for them and their families. From a grateful Nation, your sacrifice will never be forgotten. My family and I are praying for all of those who have lost their lives and those who are still in harm’s way in Afghanistan.

“This situation was completely avoidable. Regardless of the decision to withdraw, the way in which President Biden has conducted this withdrawal has been an absolute disaster. The deaths of our troops and Afghan civilians are a direct consequence of the President’s botched, rushed withdrawal. His attempts to meet an arbitrary, political deadline has cost American lives.

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Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Political staffer from 1994 – 2019

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The @SBAgovhas approved a disaster declaration for McLean County and contiguous counties following historic flooding in June. A declaration opens up loans and financial assistance for those affected.

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U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that Archers-Daniel-Midland (ADM) in Decatur will receive a $3,466,844 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office for biofuels research. The goal of the research to take place at ADM is to improve availability of data that will support bioprocessing separations development, as well as to develop supporting technologies to improve bioprocessing separations. More details on the project can be found here.

This award is one of 22 nationwide totaling $64.7M in an effort to develop technologies and processes that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels for heavy-duty forms of transportation like airplanes and ships.

DAVIS STATEMENT ON AMERICAN TROOPS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN
rodneydavis.house.gov, Press ReleaseSeptember 26, 2021 (Short)

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) released the following statement after American Servicemembers were killed in terrorist bombings at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan:

“May God bless our troops who made the ultimate sacrifice today while working to save American lives. My heart breaks for them and their families. From a grateful Nation, your sacrifice will never be forgotten. My family and I are praying for all of those who have lost their lives and those who are still in harm’s way in Afghanistan.

“This situation was completely avoidable. Regardless of the decision to withdraw, the way in which President Biden has conducted this withdrawal has been an absolute disaster. The deaths of our troops and Afghan civilians are a direct consequence of the President’s botched, rushed withdrawal. His attempts to meet an arbitrary, political deadline has cost American lives.

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Rodney Davis is currently serving his fifth term in Congress representing the 13th District of Illinois, which covers a 14-county region that includes both urban and rural communities in central and southwestern Illinois. Congressman Davis serves on the Committee on House Administration, where he is the Ranking Member, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and the House Committee on Agriculture.

During his time in Congress, Davis has worked with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to be an effective lawmaker. The Lugar Center & Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy’s Bipartisan Index ranked Davis as the most bipartisan member of Congress from the state of Illinois and the 14th most bipartisan nationwide in the 116th Congress. Prior to being elected to the U.S. House in 2012, Davis served as Projects Director for Congressman John Shimkus for 16 years helping Illinois citizens and communities cut through government red tape and secure federal funding. Davis resides in Taylorville with his wife, Shannon, and their three children, Toryn, Clark, and Griffin.

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House Committee on Agriculture – Subcommittees: Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit; and Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research
House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure – Subcommittees: Highways & Transit (Ranking Member); and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
Committee on House Administration (Ranking Member)

Illinois’ 13th District: 14-county district covering both urban and rural areas of central and southwestern Illinois
Elected: Assumed office January 3, 2013, currently serving 5th Term
Prev. Political Exp.: Projects Director for Rep. John Shimkus (IL-15)
Education: B.A. Millikin University, 1992
Family: Married, 3 Children

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Rodney Lee Davis (born January 5, 1970)[1] is an American Republican politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 13th congressional district since 2013.

Early life and education

Davis was born in Des Moines, Iowa.[1] He graduated from Millikin University in 1992 with a degree in political science.[2]

Early political career

In 1996, he lost a race for the state legislature.[3] In 1998, Davis managed Illinois Congressman John Shimkus‘s first reelection campaign. After the successful campaign, he accepted a position on Shimkus’s congressional staff.[4]

In 2000, Davis lost his campaign for mayor of Taylorville, Illinois.[3] Davis served as Shimkus’s projects director while running for Congress.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2012

On May 19, 2012, the Republican County Chairmen for the 14 Illinois counties the 13th district comprises nominated Davis as the Republican candidate for Congress. This district had previously been the 15th, represented by six-term incumbent Republican Tim Johnson. Johnson had announced in April that he would not seek reelection, just days after winning the Republican primary. 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.[5] Davis was coaching his sons’ little league baseball game when he was informed that he had been nominated.[6] His home in Taylorville had previously been in Shimkus’s 19th District (which had been renumbered as the 15th). But the new 13th had absorbed much of the old 19th’s northern portion, including Taylorville.

In the general election, Davis defeated Democratic nominee David M. Gill by 1,002 votes (0.3%). Independent candidate John Hartman received around 21,000 votes (7.2%).[7]

2014

On June 13, 2013, former Miss America Erika Harold announced she would run against Davis in the March 18 Republican primary.[8]

The Republican field included Davis, Harold, and Michael Firsching.[9] Davis won the primary with 55% of the vote.[9]

Davis faced Democratic nominee Ann Callis in the November 4 general election.[10] He was reportedly a top target for the Democrats[11] but won with 59% of the vote.[12][13]

2016

Davis was reelected in 2016, defeating Ethan Vandersand in the primary and Democratic nominee Mark Wicklund and independent David Gill in the general election.[14] He received 59.7% of the vote.[15]

2018

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.[16]

In May 2018, the American Federation of Government Employees endorsed Davis for reelection. AFGE District 7 National Vice President Dorothy James said, “We hope that Representative Davis will continue his good work on Capitol Hill for years to come and are happy to announce our support for him today.”[17]

On November 6, Davis was reelected, 50.7% to 49.3%, in the narrowest election of his career. He lost the district’s shares of Champaign, McLean, and Sangamon counties, but carried Christian and Macon Counties. His margins in both far exceeded his overall margin of 2,058 votes.[18]

During a debate, Davis said that The Washington Post fact-checker had found Londrigan’s claims about the impact of Obamacare’s repeal on preexisting conditions to be false. The Washington Post fact-checker responded, “Republicans are twisting an unrelated fact check and are misleading voters.”[19]

2020

Davis ran for a fifth term and was unopposed in the Republican primary. Londrigan ran again, and easily won the Democratic primary. Although most forecasters considered the race a tossup due to the close margin in 2018, Davis won reelection by 9 points.[20] His larger margin of victory was attributed to both an increase in turnout from the district’s Republican-leaning rural counties, and a decrease in the district’s college campuses. Londrigan attempted to tie Davis to President Trump, and he linked her to Illinois House Speaker and State Democratic Party Chair Mike Madigan, who was broadly unpopular.[citation needed]

Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign named Davis one of four “honorary state chairs.”[21]

Tenure

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.[22][23] 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 Affordable Care Act.[23][24] Davis 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.”[24]

Davis voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.[25] He voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.[26]

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.”[27][28][29][30][31]

Davis voted to lift a ban on travel to Cuba.[32] In June 2016, he cast the deciding vote on a bill to continue to allow undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to join the U.S. military. The program would give those who serve a quicker pathway to citizenship.[32]

During the 115th Congress, Davis was a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership and chaired the Republican Main Street Caucus.[33]

During the presidency of Donald Trump, Davis voted in line with Trump’s stated position 88.8% of the time.[34] As of September 2021, Davis had voted in line with Joe Biden‘s stated position 25.7% of the time.[35]

On May 4, 2017, Davis voted again to repeal the Affordable Care Act and pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA).[36][37]

Davis voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[38] He said the bill would improve the economy without increasing the deficit, and that Americans would see “more money in the pockets” by February 2018 as a result of the bill.[39]

In June 2018, Davis said, “we’ve got to stop this politicizing everything like dinner”, adding, “Donald Trump was elected, in my opinion, because of this move toward making everything politically correct in this country.”[40]

On December 18, 2019, Davis voted against both articles of impeachment against Trump.[41]

On January 6, 2021, Davis was at the U.S. Capitol to certify the Electoral College vote count when Trump supporters stormed the building. Davis and his staff went into hiding under police lockdown for over four hours during the attack.[42] After the Capitol was secure and Congress resumed session, Davis certified the election without objection.[43] As a result of the attack, Trump was impeached a second time. Davis voted against impeachment, saying, “there must be accountability for leaders who deliberately misled the public, but I fear that without thoughtful and clear-eyed leadership from both sides of the aisle, we are in danger of further violence and political unrest.”[44] In the wake of the attack, metal detectors were placed outside the House chamber. Davis objected to them.[45][46]

On May 19, 2021, Davis was one of 35 Republicans who joined all Democrats in voting to approve legislation to establish the January 6 commission meant to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol.[47]

In July 2021, Davis was among five Republicans selected by Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve on the Select Committee on the January 6 Attack on the Capitol. After Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of the selections, McCarthy pulled all five, including Davis.[48][49]

Committee memberships

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Cannabis

Davis has a “B” rating from NORML for his voting record on cannabis-related causes. He 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. He supports industrial hemp farming and medical marijuana research.[54][failed verification]

Economy

In April 2018, Davis expressed concern about the impact of proposed tariffs on Illinois soybean farmers and other Illinois agricultural workers, but was glad that 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.[55] In June, he reiterated concern about some of 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”.[56]

Gun policy

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.[57]

Immigration

In June 2018, Davis said he hoped to co-sponsor a bill that would address the separation of adult illegal aliens at the Mexican border from the children accompanying them. He expressed optimism that the Congress could come up with a compromise on the issue.[40]

Abortion

Davis opposes abortion except in cases of rape or incest or to protect the health of the mother.[58]

Electoral history

2012 Illinois’s 13th congressional district election[59]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Rodney Davis 137,034 46.55
DemocraticDavid M. Gill136,03246.21
IndependentJohn Hartman21,3197.24
Total votes294,385 100.0
2014 Illinois’s 13th congressional district election – Republican primary[60]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Rodney Davis (incumbent) 27,816 54.63
RepublicanErika Harold20,95141.15
RepublicanMichael Firsching2,1474.22
Total votes50,914 100.0
2014 Illinois’s 13th congressional district election[61]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Rodney Davis (incumbent) 123,337 58.66
DemocraticAnn E. Callis86,93541.34
Total votes210,272 100.0
2016 Illinois’s 13th congressional district election – Republican primary[62]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Rodney Davis (incumbent) 71,447 76.95
RepublicanEthan Vandersand21,40123.05
Total votes92,848 100.0
2016 Illinois’s 13th congressional district election[63]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Rodney Davis (incumbent) 187,583 59.66
DemocraticMark D. Wicklund126,81140.34
Total votes314,394 100.0
2018 Illinois’s 13th congressional district election[64]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Rodney Davis (incumbent) 136,516 50.38
DemocraticBetsy Dirksen Londrigan134,45849.62
Write-in votesThomas J. Kuna (Jacob)70.00
Total votes270,981 100.0

Personal life

Davis and his wife Shannon wed in 1995, and live in Taylorville, Illinois.[65] They have three children.[5]

Davis coached Taylorville Junior Football, is a member of the Taylorville Optimist Club, and serves on the Christian County Senior Center’s board of directors.[1] He plays catcher for the GOP team in the Congressional Baseball Game.[66][67]

On August 5, 2020, Davis was diagnosed with COVID-19.[68]

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  3. ^ a b “DAVIS profile”. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  4. ^ Gangitano, Alex (June 23, 2016). “Staffer Member Duo Turned Catcher Pitcher Teammates”. Roll Call. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Petty, Allison (May 19, 2012). “GOP picks Rodney Davis to face Gill”. Bloomington Pantagraph.
  6. ^ “GOP chooses Davis for US Rep. Tim Johnson’s seat”. Associated Press. May 19, 2012.
  7. ^ “Ballots Cast”. Illinois State Board of Election. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
  8. ^ Last, Jonathan V. “Miss America vs. Mr. Incumbent”. The Weekly Standard.
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  10. ^ Cahn, Emily (March 18, 2014). “Ann Callis, Rodney Davis to Face Off in Targeted Illinois District”. Roll Call. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
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Current Position: US Representative for IL 15th District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): US Senator

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WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Mary Miller (IL-15) introduced the House companion bill to Senator Mike Braun’s (R-IN) Define WOTUS Act of 2021. This bill was introduced by Congresswoman Miller to prevent President Biden’s radical cabinet secretaries from telling farmers and ranchers how to use and regulate their own land.

During the Obama Administration, the definition of “Waters of the United States” was altered, which trampled on the property rights of farmers, ranchers, and landowners in rural America.

President Trump’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule provided long-overdue certainty and clarity for landowners affected by the scope of WOTUS’s jurisdiction.

“The Obama Administration vastly expanded the scope and power of the federal government in order to regulate and punish rural America,” Miller said. “This bill keeps unelected Washington bureaucrats off our farms and sends a clear message to the radical leftists in the Biden Administration that we will not allow them to trample on our rights.”

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WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Mary Miller (IL-15) introduced the House companion bill to Senator Mike Braun’s (R-IN) Define WOTUS Act of 2021. This bill was introduced by Congresswoman Miller to prevent President Biden’s radical cabinet secretaries from telling farmers and ranchers how to use and regulate their own land.

During the Obama Administration, the definition of “Waters of the United States” was altered, which trampled on the property rights of farmers, ranchers, and landowners in rural America.

President Trump’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule provided long-overdue certainty and clarity for landowners affected by the scope of WOTUS’s jurisdiction.

“The Obama Administration vastly expanded the scope and power of the federal government in order to regulate and punish rural America,” Miller said. “This bill keeps unelected Washington bureaucrats off our farms and sends a clear message to the radical leftists in the Biden Administration that we will not allow them to trample on our rights.”

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Congresswoman Mary Miller (Oakland, Ill.) represents Illinois’ 15th District in the United States House of Representatives covering 33 counties. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, farmer, and business manager. Mary serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and House Committee on Education & Labor. She joins 45 new Republican members elected to the House for the 117th session of Congress.

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Mary E. Miller (née Meyer; born August 27, 1959) is an American farmer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative from Illinois’s 15th congressional district. She is a member of the Republican Party and serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Education & Labor. Her term began on January 3, 2021.

Early life and education

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Annette and Harvey Meyer,[1][2] Miller graduated from Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois.[3] She earned a Bachelor of Science in business management and also completed graduate coursework in education at Eastern Illinois University.[4]

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Elections

2020

Miller speaking at a Turning Point USA event in 2020

Miller announced her candidacy to represent Illinois’s 15th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives in the 2020 elections to succeed retiring incumbent John Shimkus.[5] She won the Republican Party nomination,[6] the real contest in the deeply Republican district, and won the general election with over 70% of the vote. She is the first Republican woman elected to represent Illinois in Congress since Judy Biggert left office in 2013.[7] Miller focused her campaign on providing support to farming and bringing manufacturing back to Illinois.[8]

Miller sided with President Donald Trump‘s view of the 2020 presidential election as having been compromised by voter fraud, calling it “tainted”.[9]

Tenure

On January 6, 2021, when Congress met to formally count the votes of the Electoral College and certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, Miller was one of the members of the House of Representatives who objected to the votes of Arizona and Pennsylvania.[10]

On March 2, 2021, Miller introduced legislation for the Safety and Opportunity for Girls Act.[11] On March 19, 2021, she was one of 14 House Republicans to vote against a measure condemning the Myanmar coup d’état that overwhelmingly passed, for reasons reported to be unclear.[12]

In June 2021, Miller was one of 21 House Republicans to vote against a resolution to give the Congressional Gold Medal to police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6.[13]

In June 2021, Miller was one of 49 House Republicans to vote to repeal the AUMF against Iraq.[14][15]

Comment about Hitler

On January 5, 2021, two days into her House term, Miller issued a prepared speech to the conservative group .[16][17] She quoted Adolf Hitler, saying: “Each generation has the responsibility to teach and train the next generation. You know, if we win a few elections, we’re still going to be losing unless we win the hearts and minds of our children. This is the battle. Hitler was right on one thing: he said, ‘Whoever has the youth has the future.’”[18][19]

A number of groups and politicians strongly condemned the comment, harshly criticized Miller, and exhorted the Republican party to do likewise. Public statements were issued by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Anti-Defamation League (ADL), World Jewish Congress, and multiple lawmakers including Adam Kinzinger and Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker.[20][21][22][23][24][25] Representative Jan Schakowsky, Senator Tammy Duckworth, and the Illinois Legislative Jewish Caucus called for Miller’s resignation.[26][24][21] On January 14, Schakowsky said that she would introduce a measure to censure Miller.[27] ADL Midwest Regional Director David Goldenberg shared with Miller’s office a list of 12 anti-Semitic incidents and 17 instances of white supremacist propaganda in the 15th District in 2019 and 2020 in an effort to make Miller aware of “what was going on in and around her district”, he said, including information about extremist activity.[28]

On January 7, Miller’s office tweeted that her remarks had been intended to compare alleged youth indoctrination efforts by unnamed “left-wing radicals” to those of Hitler, while nonetheless encouraging Republicans to even more aggressively appeal to the youth as a means to collective power.[17] On January 8, she apologized for having quoted Hitler in the message, but accused her critics of twisting her words.[16][29]

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Personal life

Mary Miller is married to fellow Republican politician Chris Miller. They own a farm in Oakland, near Charleston, where they grow grain and raise cattle. They have seven children and 17 grandchildren.[3][8] Chris has served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives since 2019, representing most of the district’s eastern portion.[32] The Millers are members of Oakland Christian Church, where Mary teaches Sunday School and Vacation Bible School.[33][34]

References

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  2. ^ “Mary Miller”. Our Campaigns. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Perry, Scott. “Oakland woman announces bid for 15th Congressional District seat | Government and Politics”. jg-tc.com. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  4. ^ “The Voter’s Self Defense System”. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  5. ^ Joseph Bustos. Grain and cattle farmer from Oakland, Illinois, jumps into 15th District race. Belleville News-Democrat. 23, Oct 2019
  6. ^ Rubio, Karina (March 17, 2020). “Mary Miller to win Republican primary for Illinois 15th district”. WCIA.com. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  7. ^ “Republican Mary Miller wins election to U.S. House in Illinois’ 15th Congressional District | National/World News”. The News-Gazette. November 3, 2020. Retrieved November 16, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Stabile, Angelica (November 9, 2020). “13 GOP women join the House, dominating congressional elections, making history”. FOX News. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  9. ^ Sweet, Lynn (January 3, 2020). “After Trump call, Republican Kinzinger says no member of Congress can object to election with a ‘clean conscience. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  10. ^ Behrmann, Savannah; Santucci, Jeanine (January 14, 2021). “The Members of Congress Who Objected to Joe Biden’s Electoral College Win Amid Capitol Riot”. USA Today. Retrieved January 17, 2021.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ Moore, Brenden (March 2, 2021). “Watch now: Rep. Mary Miller files bill that would require sex-segregated school bathrooms, sports teams”. The Southern Illinoisan.
  12. ^ Diaz, Daniella; Wilson, Kristin (March 19, 2021). “14 House Republicans vote against a measure condemning military coup in Myanmar”. CNN. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  13. ^ Grayer, Annie; Wilson, Kristin (June 16, 2021). “21 Republicans vote no on bill to award Congressional Gold Medal for January 6 police officers”. CNN. Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  14. ^ “House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization”.
  15. ^ “FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 172 | H R 256 YEA-AND-NAY 17-Jun-2021 11:27 AM | QUESTION: On Passage | BILL TITLE: To repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002”. clerk.house.gov.
  16. ^ a b Pearson, Rick (January 8, 2021). “Rep. Mary Miller Apologizes for Using Adolf Hitler Reference in Speech, But Blames Others for Trying to Twist Her Words”. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  17. ^ a b Pearson, Rick (January 7, 2021). “Newly Inaugurated Illinois GOP Congresswoman Claims She Was Attacking Democrats in Citing Adolf Hitler”. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 8, 2021 – via Yahoo! News.
  18. ^ “Illinois Congresswoman Says ‘Hitler Was Right on One Thing. NBC Chicago. January 6, 2021. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  19. ^ McGowan Staebler, Margot (January 6, 2021). Hitler was right,” Illinois Republican Mary Miller says”. Belleville News Democrat. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  20. ^ Petrella, Lisa; Donovan, Dan (January 6, 2021). “Days after she was sworn in, Illinois U.S. Rep. Mary Miller facing criticism for invoking Adolf Hitler during speech in Washington”. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  21. ^ a b Maxwell, Mark (January 7, 2021). “Duckworth calls on Congresswoman Miller to resign for quoting Hitler”. WGN-TV. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  22. ^ Miller, Steve (January 6, 2021). “Illinois congresswoman’s reference to Hitler condemned by Gov. Pritzker”. WBBM Radio.
  23. ^ Samuels, Ben (January 6, 2021). “Republican Congresswoman at pro-Trump Rally Near U.S. Capitol: ‘Hitler Was Right. Haaretz. Archived from the original on January 6, 2021.
  24. ^ a b “Lawmakers, governor condemn Rep. Mary Miller’s ‘Hitler was right on one thing’ comment”. WCIA.com. January 6, 2021. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  25. ^ Budryk, Zack (January 7, 2021). “Newly sworn-in Republican lawmaker condemned by Holocaust Museum after Hitler quote”. The Hill. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  26. ^ Sweet, Lynn; Boyle, Andy (January 6, 2021). “After Illinois Rep. Mary Miller praises Hitler, Rep. Jan Schakowsky calls on her to resign”. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  27. ^ “Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller, who quoted Hitler in speech, could be censured, fellow rep. says”. January 14, 2021.
  28. ^ “Months after congresswoman’s Hitler remarks, Jews’ in pain”. Daily Herald. Associated Press. April 24, 2021. Retrieved April 24, 2021.
  29. ^ A poor start in Congress for Rep. Miller,” Tribune-Star Editorial Board”. January 25, 2021.
  30. ^ “Who is Mary Miller, Republican representative for Illinois’ 15th Congressional District?”. chicagotribune.com. Retrieved February 28, 2021.
  31. ^ “Membership”. Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  32. ^ “Mary Miller, wife of Rep. Chris Miller, to run in 15th Congressional District”. East Central Reporter. November 11, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  33. ^ “Meet Mary”. Mary Miller for Congress.
  34. ^ “Religious affiliation of members of 117th Congress” (PDF). /www.pewforum.org. Pew Research Center.

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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
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2021–present
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