Danny Davis

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U.S. Representative

Danny Davis (D)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House Committee on Ways and Means
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for IL-07

Confirmed: Danny Davis
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for IL-07)
On the Web
Official website

Danny K. Davis is a Democratic member of the U. S. House of Representatives representing the 7th District of Illinois since 1997.


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 90 - 18/20 80 - 16/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 55 - 11/20 not avail.

Iraq War

Davis voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Sun Myung Moon Coronation

In 2004 Davis was met with national controversy when he participated in a "coronation" ceremony at the Dirksen Senate Office Building honoring controversial spiritual leader Sun Myung Moon. Davis gave a speech and donned white gloves to assist in Moon's actual crowning.[1] Acording to The Hill, Davis said, "I'm not involved in any cult activities"...but Davis said, "Moon's organization 'put together a little fundraiser one time and gave me a few thousand dollars.'"[2]

Trip to Sri Lanka

In August 2006, the Chicago Tribune reported that, following the arrest of 11 supporters of the Sri Lankan rebel group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for "conspiracy to support the terrorist group through money laundering, arms procurement and bribery of U.S. officials," Davis' 2005 trip to Sri Lanka was being investigated by the Tamil Tigers group, which the U.S. government has designated a terrorist organization. The weekend previous to the arrests, Davis reportedly "talked in Chicago with a supporter of the Tamil Tigers who was among 11 people arrested." [3]

Davis defended his trip to Sri Lanka, on which he was accompanied by staffer Daniel Cantrell. "The five-term Democratic congressman said he was unaware that the Tigers paid for the trip and on his required congressional disclosure form he reported that the trip was paid for by a Hickory Hills-based Tamil cultural organization, the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America. ... avis said he knew that the group was 'associated' with the Tamil Tigers but did not realize that the trip's costs were covered with funds controlled by the rebel group." [4]

Pays wife for campaign work

In October 2006, the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based non-profit organization which advocates better transparency in government, reported that Davis’s campaign committee paid his wife $10,543 to serve as the campaign's treasurer during 2005-2006. [5]


Davis was born September 6, 1941 in Parkdale, Arkansas. He was educated at Chicago State University (Ph.D 1968) and the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was a clerk, a teacher, executive director of the Greater Lawndale Conservation Commission, director of training at the Martin L. King Neighborhood Health Center, executive director of the Westside Health Center, and a member of the Chicago City Council before entering the House in 1997.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Charles Hutchinson to face Davis in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [6] Davis retained his seat.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Illinois superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Danny Davis, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Constellation Brands$ 14,500
National Assn of Realtors$ 11,000
American Federation of Teachers$ 10,000
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$ 10,000
Carpenters & Joiners Union$ 10,000
National Assn of Insurance & Financial Advisors$ 9,000
National Assn of Real Estate Investment Trusts$ 9,000
American Assn for Justice$ 8,500
Boeing Co$ 8,000
Republican Main Street Partnership$ 8,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' www.OpenSecrets.org site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Danny Davis
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)


More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Danny Davis. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2159 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-5006 Fax: 202-225-5641
    Webform email
District offices
  • 2301 Roosevelt Road Broadview, IL 60155
    Ph: 708-345-6857 Fax: (none entered)
  • 3333 West Arthington Street Chicago, IL 60624
    Ph: 773-533-7520 Fax: (none entered)
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Campaign office
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  • No campaign webform email entered.
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