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Rep. Danny Davis

Representative for Illinois’s 7th District

pronounced DAN-ee // DAY-viss


Davis is the representative for Illinois’s 7th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 7, 1997. Davis is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2015 Davis was investigated for travel funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities.

May. 8, 2015 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation
Jul. 31, 2015 House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities
Photo of Rep. Danny Davis [D-IL7]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Davis.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Davis is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Davis has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Oct 26, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% Human Rights Campaign: 97% League of Conservation Voters: 93% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B United States Chamber of Commerce: 64% The Club for Growth: 8%

Committee Membership

Danny Davis sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Davis was the primary sponsor of 17 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 17 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Davis sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (30%) Health (20%) Families (15%) Social Welfare (11%) Education (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%) Transportation and Public Works (5%) Private Legislation (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Davis’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Davis voted Nay

Passed 371/48 on Mar 8, 2017.

H.R. 1301 reflects the final, bicameral agreement on fiscal year 2017 Department of Defense spending. If enacted, H.R. 1301 would result in discretionary budget authority …

Davis voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Davis voted Aye

Passed 261/155 on May 12, 2015.

The Regulatory Integrity Protection Act would roll back a new regulation that redefines “waters of the United States.” The regulation both expands the list of …

Davis voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Davis voted No

Davis voted Nay

Passed 392/19 on May 20, 2014.

Davis voted Aye

Davis voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Davis voted No

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Oct 2021, Davis missed 1,008 of 15,999 roll call votes, which is 6.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: