Current Position: US Representative for IL District 7 since 1997
Former Position(s): Cook County Board of Commissioners from 1990 – 1997; Member of the Chicago City Counci from 1979 – 1990
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.
Congressman Danny Davis discusses no-knock warrant reform
House of Representatives, Regional Whip
davis.house.gov, – August 26, 2021 (Short)
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.
The Wednesday Journal, – August 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, and a former member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) serving in Congress. Davis was one of 31 U.S. representatives who voted against counting the electoral votes from Ohio in the 2004 presidential election.
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).
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.
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. Davis had also waged an unsuccessful campaign against Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in the 1991 Democratic mayoral primary.
Cook County Board of Commissioners
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.
U.S. House of Representatives
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. 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. Davis resided a block outside the 7th congressional district, but he was familiar in the district.
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.
In early January 1996, the FBI revealed its Operation Silver Shovel, which included an investigation into Alderman Percy Z. Giles. 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%. 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.
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, spokesman for convicted Gangster Disciples leader Larry Hoover. “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.” 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.
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.” The Davis campaign countered that Davis was speaking as a psychologist in his role as a training director at a health center.
Although Davis was fully promoted as a Democratic candidate, he also ran as a New Party candidate. Supporting this was New Party’s celebration of him as the “first New Party member elected to the U.S. Congress.” 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. Candidates were referred to as “N[ew]P[arty] Democrats” and were required to sign a contract mandating a “visible and active relationship” with New Party. During this timeframe, New Party was experiencing substantial growth. Davis also received the endorsement of the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA) of which he is a member and had a relationship pre-dating his congressional run. ACORN, AFL-CIO, Sierra Club, and International Brotherhood of Teamsters are included in other groups also endorsing Davis in his bid.
In the March 20 Democratic primaries, Davis received more votes than the two closest candidates — Tillman and Smith — combined. 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.
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).
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. 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. Instead, Blagojevich appointed Roland Burris.
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. Moon declared himself the Messiah at the crowning ceremony, in which Davis appeared on the invitation as a sponsoring co-chair. Davis wore white gloves and carried the crown on a pillow to crown Moon and his wife “the King and Queen of Peace.” 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.”
Other lawmakers who attended included Senator Mark Dayton (D–Minn.), Representatives Roscoe Bartlett (R–Md.) and Elijah Cummings (D–Md.), as well as former Representative Walter Fauntroy (D–D.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.
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.
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.” 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.” He attended Farrakhan’s Million Man March and was the only member of Congress to address the 20th anniversary of it.
- Committee on Oversight and Reform
- Committee on Ways and Means
Party leadership and caucus membership
- Chair of the Congressional Postal Caucus
- Regional Whip
- Congressional Arts Caucus
- Medicare for All Caucus
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis||149,568||82.59|
|Independent||Chauncey L. Stroud||1,944||1.07|
|Natural Law||Charles A. Winter||771||0.43|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||57,200||85.06|
|Democratic||Wilner J. Jackson||10,046||14.94|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||130,984||92.92|
|Libertarian||Dorne E. Van Cleave III||9,984||7.08|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||164,155||85.93|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||137,933||83.21|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||84,950||82.21|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||221,133||86.13|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||77,287||88.98|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||143,071||86.70|
|Write-in votes||Lowell M. Seida||1||0.00|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||129,865||91.14|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||235,343||85.02|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||52,728||66.77|
|Democratic||Sharon Denise Dixon||10,851||13.74|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||149,846||81.50|
|Republican||Mark M. Weiman||29,575||16.09|
|Independent||Clarence Desmond Clemons||4,428||2.41|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||57,896||84.48|
|Democratic||Jacques A. Conway||10,638||15.52|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||242,439||84.64|
|Independent||John H. Monaghan||12,523||4.37|
|Write-in votes||Phil Collins||5||0.00|
|Write-in votes||Dennis Richter||2||0.00|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||155,110||85.10|
|Republican||Robert L. Bumpers||27,168||14.90|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||139,378||81.19|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||250,584||84.24|
|Republican||Jeffrey A. Leef||46,882||15.76|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||81,570||73.86|
|Democratic||Anthony V. Clark||28,867||26.14|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||215,746||87.62|
|Democratic||Danny K. Davis (incumbent)||72,930||61.4|
Davis is married to Vera G. Davis. They have two children, Jonathan and Stacey Davis is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Davis is notable for his support of the National Federation of the Blind. He spoke at their conventions in 2004 and 2005.
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.
On March 30, 2017, Davis’ 44-year-old son, Stacey Wilson, was found dead in his home. He was the father of Javon Wilson.
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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.
Further, the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee relates to the Federal-State system of unemployment compensation, and the financing thereof, including the programs for extended and emergency benefits.
Congressman Davis will also serve on the Oversight and Reform Committee on the Subcommittee on Government Operations with jurisdiction over: the federal civil service; whistleblower protections; the U.S. Postal Service; government management and accounting measures & the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, which has oversight jurisdiction over: issues related to civil rights, civil liberties and the equal protection of laws, including voting rights, freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly