United States House, 7th Congressional District of Illinois
Issues: Poverty, Health Care, Education, Criminal Justice Reform
Danny Davis is 100% pro-choice and has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. Danny Davis knows that women don't turn to politicians for advice about birth control, mammograms, or cancer screenings. He believes that government should not be involved in a woman's personal medical decisions.
Danny Davis has a 100% voting record in support of PPIA issues. It is not enough for Congressman Davis to just vote on women's health issues; Congressman Davis is a leader. In 2001, Chicagoan Melanie Blocker-Stokes jumped to her death because she was suffering from postpartum depression and psychosis. Davis reacted to this tragedy by co-sponsoring legislation to fund postpartum depression research and services. Because of this stellar record, Davis should return to Congress so that he can continue his leadership on women's issues.
Danny K. Davis was chosen by the people of the 7th Congressional District of Illinois as their Representative in Congress on November 5, 1996 and he has been re-elected by large majorities to succeeding Congresses.
In the 112th Congress, Representative Davis has indicated a focus on issues of poverty, health care, education, youth and criminal justice reform. Representative Davis serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives. The Congressman also serves on the Homeland Security Committee where his subcommittee assignments are the Subcommittee on Transportation and the Subcommittee on Oversight. 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, and the Congressional Sugar Caucus.
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 district events.
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.
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 from Chicago State University and the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is married to Vera G. Davis, has two sons, Jonathan and Stacey, and is a member and Deacon of the New Galilee M.B. Church.
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