Tampa, Florida , United States
|| October 11, 1957
Jan 22, 2017 03:57pm
Caucasian - Married - Episcopalian -
|Info||Jim Davis, elected to Congress in 1996, brought a wealth of legislative experience and a common sense approach to the House of Representatives and quickly earned praise as "a moderate lawmaker of unimpeachable character, an unpretentious man his colleagues naturally look to for leadership.1" |
Davis has focused on putting Congress� fiscal house in order, improving education for our children and supporting economic growth in Tampa Bay and across the United States. Jim is continuing his leadership on these issues as a new co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of 74 pro-growth, moderate House Democrats promoting bipartisan solutions to our nation�s problems.
On the House Budget Committee, Jim Davis plays a key role in determining the nation's spending priorities. During his first term, Davis worked diligently to pass the first balanced budget in nearly 30 years. Since then, Davis has fought to use budget surpluses to pay down the enormous federal debt and shore up Social Security and Medicare.
Jim Davis recognizes that the key to continued economic prosperity lies in our ability to provide young people with the tools they need to succeed in tomorrow�s workplace. Jim has fought for smaller class sizes, new and improved schools and additional qualified teachers. He passed the Transition to Teaching Act, legislation to help school districts recruit and train mid-career professionals who are interested in becoming teachers. Last year, Jim joined the New Democrats in enacting education reform legislation focusing on public school choice, high standards, accountability and flexibility.
On the International Relations Committee, Congressman Davis is working to increase international trade opportunities for the Tampa Bay area. Davis fought for passage of Permanent Normal Trade Relations status for China, granting the Port of Tampa and Florida�s farmers, phosphate producers and small business owners access to a market that serves 1.2 billion Chinese.
Upon arriving in Washington, the Democratic freshman class selected Jim Davis as its first class president for the 105th Congress, making him chief spokesman for the group and the liaison to the party's leadership. As president, Davis appointed the Democratic members of the Bipartisan Freshman Campaign Finance Reform Task Force and led freshman efforts on the floor to gain a fair hearing for campaign finance reform legislation.
Congressman Davis� public service career goes back to his 1988 election to the Florida House of Representatives. As a member of the Appropriations Committee in the Florida House, Davis helped write eight balanced budgets. He served as Majority Leader during his last term in the state House and guided legislation to increase funding for education without raising taxes.
Jim Davis, 44, is a native of Tampa and a graduate of Jesuit High School. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Washington & Lee University and a law degree from the University of Florida Law School. He returned to Tampa to practice law in 1982. He became a partner in the law firm of Bush, Ross, Gardner, Warren and Rudy in 1988.
Jim is married to Peggy Bessent Davis and they have two sons, Peter, 12, and William, 10.
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