Current Position: US Representative for IL District 13 since 2013
Former Position(s): Political staffer from 1994 – 2019
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Rep. Rodney Davis on Biden’s approach to infrastructure spending
September 9, 2021 (Short)
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.
Source: Government page
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.
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
Early life and education
Early political career
In 1996, he lost a race for the state legislature. 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.
U.S. House of Representatives
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. Davis was coaching his sons’ little league baseball game when he was informed that he had been nominated. 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.
On March 20, 2018, Betsy Londrigan won the Democratic primary in District 13 with over 45% of the vote, beating Erik Jones, David Gill, Jonathan Ebel, and Angel Sides.
In May 2018, the American Federation of Government Employees endorsed Davis for 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.”
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.
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.”
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. 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.
Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign named Davis one of four “honorary state chairs.”
Davis introduced the Hire More Heroes Act of 2013 into the House on November 13, 2013. The bill would allow employers to exclude veterans receiving health insurance from the United States Department of Defense or the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs from their list of employees. This would have had the effect of keeping their list of employees shorter, allowing some small businesses to fall underneath the 50 full-time employees line that would require them to provide their employees with healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. 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.”
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.”
Davis voted to lift a ban on travel to Cuba. 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.
During the presidency of Donald Trump, Davis voted in line with Trump’s stated position 88.8% of the time. As of September 2021, Davis had voted in line with Joe Biden‘s stated position 25.7% of the time.
Davis voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. 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.
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.”
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. After the Capitol was secure and Congress resumed session, Davis certified the election without objection. 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.” In the wake of the attack, metal detectors were placed outside the House chamber. Davis objected to them.
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.
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.
- Committee on the January 6 Attack
- Committee on Agriculture
- Committee on House Administration
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
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.[failed verification]
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. 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”.
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.
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.
Davis opposes abortion except in cases of rape or incest or to protect the health of the mother.
|Democratic||David M. Gill||136,032||46.21|
|Republican||Rodney Davis (incumbent)||27,816||54.63|
|Republican||Rodney Davis (incumbent)||123,337||58.66|
|Democratic||Ann E. Callis||86,935||41.34|
|Republican||Rodney Davis (incumbent)||71,447||76.95|
|Republican||Rodney Davis (incumbent)||187,583||59.66|
|Democratic||Mark D. Wicklund||126,811||40.34|
|Republican||Rodney Davis (incumbent)||136,516||50.38|
|Democratic||Betsy Dirksen Londrigan||134,458||49.62|
|Write-in votes||Thomas J. Kuna (Jacob)||7||0.00|
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. He plays catcher for the GOP team in the Congressional Baseball Game.
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