Thomas M. Davis
Republican member of the United States House of Representatives
Thomas M. Davis
Thomas Milburn "Tom" Davis III was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Virginia's 11th congressional district in Northern Virginia. Davis was considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by five-term incumbent and fellow Republican John Warner in the 2008 election, but decided against it. He announced on January 30, 2008, that he would not seek reelection to an eighth term.
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U.S. Prosecutors Identify FBI Agent Accused Of Leaking Insider Trading Probe
Huffington Post - about 2 months
U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday identified the FBI agent who they say admitted to leaking information to reporters about an insider trading probe involving a Las Vegas sports gambler and golfer Phil Mickelson. David Chaves, a Federal Bureau of Investigation coordinating supervisory special agent, was named in court papers filed in Manhattan federal court as the agent prosecutors say leaked details about the probe of gambler William “Billy” Walters. Prosecutors have said the agent, who they previously had not identified, admitted on Dec. 6 to being a “significant source” of information about the investigation in 2013 and 2014 for reporters at The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Those newspapers published a series of reports beginning in 2014 about the investigation, two years before prosecutors in May brought insider trading charges against Walters, who has built a fortune as a sports bettor. The leaks are now the subject of a criminal investigation by the Justic ...
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Panthers, NFL Monitoring Protests in Advance of Sunday Game
NYTimes - 5 months
Thomas Davis said the Carolina Panthers' game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings should "absolutely" be played as scheduled, even with the city being under a state of emergency due to violent protests over a recent police shooting.
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Dean Foods' Davis said he threw phone in creek to hinder FBI - 9 months
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dean Foods Co's former chairman Thomas Davis said he threw his cellphone into a Dallas creek to hide his role in an insider-trading scheme after FBI agents visited his home, according to a transcript of his guilty plea.
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Dean Foods' Davis said he threw phone in creek to hinder FBI
Yahoo News - 9 months
Dean Foods Co's former chairman Thomas Davis said he threw his cellphone into a Dallas creek to hide his role in an insider-trading scheme after FBI agents visited his home, according to a transcript of his guilty plea. In a secret hearing in Manhattan on Monday, Davis told a federal judge about his efforts to hinder the investigation into the scheme as FBI agents and regulators closed in on him. U.S. authorities on Thursday unveiled charges against Davis and gambler William "Billy" Walters for running the insider trading scheme that netted over $40 million and included a tip that benefited professional golfer Phil Mickelson.
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Ex-Dean Foods chairman, gambler charged for insider trading; Mickelson settles
Yahoo News - 9 months
By Nate Raymond and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. authorities on Thursday charged a former chairman of Dean Foods Co and a professional Las Vegas gambler with engaging in an insider trading scheme that netted more than $40 million and included a tip that benefited professional golfer Phil Mickelson. William "Billy" Walters, who has built a multimillion-dollar fortune as a famed Las Vegas sports bettor, was accused in an indictment filed in Manhattan federal court of trading on tips from Thomas Davis, Dean Foods' former chairman. "These bets were no gamble at all," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.
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US sets insider trading case linked to golfer Mickelson
Yahoo News - 9 months
US prosecutors laid charges Thursday against a prominent Las Vegas gambler and the ex-chairman of Dean Foods in an insider trading case that enmeshed top professional golfer Phil Mickelson. The Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission said that over six years Thomas Davis, the former Dean chairman, supplied inside tips on Dean and on Darden Restaurants to William Walters, the gambler, that led to $40 million in profits or avoided losses. Davis provided the tips in part to get help with his financial problems, "including $100,000 Davis had wrongfully taken from a Dallas-based charity he managed that raised funds for a battered women and children's shelter," the SEC said.
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‘Stop-And-Frisk’ Likely To Change Under Next Philly Mayor
Here And Now - WBUR - almost 2 years
Sgt.Thomas Davis oversees about a dozen or so officers in the18th Police Precinct in West Philadelphia.. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY) The mayor’s race is heating up in Philadelphia, where candidates are campaigning for a primary on May 19th. The current mayor, Michael Nutter, is leaving office at the end of the year after serving two terms. Nutter won office on a crime-fighting platform, promising to make the police tactic “stop-and-frisk” more widespread. But with the city’s police department under the supervision of the Department of Justice, and police tactics in cities like Ferguson and New York under increased scrutiny, all of the top mayoral candidates are promising to end stop-and-frisk altogether, despite police support. Bobby Allyn of Here & Now contributing station WHYY reports. Read more on this story via WHYY Reporter Bobby Allyn, reporter at WHYY. He tweets at @BobbyAllyn.
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NFL Week 9 Football Picks
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The NFL Week 9 Picks will put us over the hump on the 2013 football season. So, we have eight more regular season Sundays to win our office pool. One thing I have learned is that the Seattle Seahawks have an alarmingly bad habit of winning, but not covering the spread. I want to be a Russell Wilson fan; I really do. The Seattle QB is a fellow Virginian and short person, not to mention amazingly talented and generally cool. But he's killing me! Week 8 chart-topper: Calvin Johnson's 329-yard receiving game was nothing short of historically great TV. That it was short of Willie Lee "Flipper" Anderson's 1989 336-yard record makes one wonder how incredibly good Anderson must have been to amass that many yards when DB's were actually allowed to defend a pass. Not to mention the fact that it was Jim Everett and not Matthew Stafford under center for the 1989 Rams. No offense meant to Mr. Everett but, you know... Week 8 trivia: Quick, what's the name of the Packers' punter? It's Tim Masthay. ...
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Chris Rodda: David Barton Claims That Gun Accidents Just Didn't Happen in the Founding Era -- Yeah, Right
Huffington Post - about 4 years
After a decade of debunking pseudo-historian David Barton's claims about American history, it's pretty hard for anything that comes out of his pie hole to surprise me, but even I was taken aback by the utter preposterousness of one of his latest claims -- that gun accidents just didn't happen in the founding era! Explaining on the January 14 episode of his WallBuilders LIVE! radio show why some people just don't understand that you need good guys with guns to stop bad guys with guns, Barton said: "That's what these guys do not see and do not look at. They're just flat scared of guns. And the solution to that is exactly what the founding fathers said and that is you start teaching kids to use guns when they're very young because gun accidents are caused by non-familiarity with guns. Once you're familiar with them, you don't have accidents with them." He then made the incredible claim that gun accidents just didn't happen in the founding era, saying: "I have search ...
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SEC Charges 3 in North Carolina with Insider Trading
in audit - over 4 years
The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a former member of the board of directors at a North Carolina-based insurance company with illegally tipping inside information about an impending merger. The SEC alleges that H. Thomas Davis, Jr., who has a home in Wilmington N.C., breached his fiduciary duty to Mercer Insurance Group and its [...]
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Response to Metro-PLA Vote
Ashburn Patch - over 4 years
Business, political and transportation leaders began weighing in quickly today about the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority's vote to abandon a preference for a project labor agreement, or PLA, with respect to contracts for phase two of the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, which is proposed to extend Metro's Silver Line from Reston to Ashburn. We'll add statements as they come in. Add your thoughts in the comments section below. Loudoun Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tony Howard “With their decision to drop the preference for a Project Labor Agreement in the bids to complete the Dulles Rail Project, MWAA’s Board of Directors has demonstrated the strong leadership and willingness to work with their funding partners that will be necessary to see Phase 2 built to its logical completion at Route 772 in Loudoun County. It is the Loudoun County business community’s fervent hope that our Board of Supervisors will demonstrate the same leadership and cooperation by worki ...
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Police Blotter: April 16 to 24
North Branford Patch - almost 5 years
Breach of Peace Michael Riganese, of Augur Road, Northford, was charged with second-degree breach of peace at 7:45 p.m. on April 16. Violation of Probation Joseph L. Salatto, 46, of Lenox Street, East Haven, was charged with violation of probation or conditional discharge at 7:59 a.m. on April 17. Reckless Endangerment Joseph Benzi, 18, of Marjorie Drive, North Branford, was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment at 5:40 p.m. on April 18. Reckless Endangerment and Assault John P. Curran, 18, of Doral Farms Road, North Branford, was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment at 5:40 p.m. on April 18. Disorderly Conduct Jeanette Votto, 40, of Hummingbird Drive, Northford, was charged with disorderly conduct at 8:46 p.m. on April 18. Failure to Appear Dillon Cefarelli, 19, of Valley Street, New Haven, was charged with second-degree failure to appear at 2:12 p.m. on April 19. Harassment, Larceny, Etc. Melquiel ...
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Conard and Hall High Schools Announce 3rd Quarter Honor Roll
West Hartford Patch - almost 5 years
Conard High School Honor Roll for the third marking period: Seniors Maximum honors: Chatham-Rose Anastasi, Javairia Andleeb, Peter Andrews, Victoria Arthur, Nicole Aston, Kiersten Balboni, Olivia Basil, Lauren Brezinski, Ellen Bridgman, Shannon Burke, Mariah Castillo, Kathleen Cavanaugh, Michaela Celella, Gregory Confessore, Christopher Corrales, Megan Cote, Antonio Cruz-Uribe, Megan Cummings, Emily Daigle, Felipe Di Poi, Callum Douglass, Jenna Epstein, Stephanie Flynn, Kate Foley, Rachel Fox, Brian Francoeur, Delaney Gaetano, Aastha Gautam, Anthony Gioco, Jane Giuffrida, Johann-Julius Graefe, Megan Grant, Victoria Graumann, Nicholas Haggerty, Neal Hambrecht, Liliana Harrington, Kylie Hoang, Jennifer Huynh, Anna Isenstadt, Sydney Jeanloz, Hannah Jeremiah, Krystyna Kapalczynski, Paul King, Lauren Konopka, Giordan Kritzman, Amanda Lazarus, Eun Lee, Nicole Leon, Margaret Logue, Robert Loose, Ronan Lucey, Sam Lucyk, Moeizza Malik, Kathryn Maloney, Brian Martin, Diana Miner, Laura Mi ...
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Obituary: Thomas E. Dodd, 68
North Kingstown Patch - almost 5 years
The following information was provided by Hill Funeral Home. Thomas E. Dodd of North Kingstown passed away April 24 at home_. He was 68 years old. He leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Patricia M. (Johnstone) Dodd. and his children Thomas, David and Christine. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Herman and Agnes (Emond) Dodd. He was a retired letter carrier for the US Post Office and was also a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the US Army. Aside from his wife and children, Dodd leaves behind brothers Robert and Donald Dodd and grandchildren Brandon, Crystal and Mackenzie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales in North Kingstown. Burial with military honors will be in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island.  
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Lead up to Thomas Davis bicentenary start 'at home'
Corkman - almost 5 years
IT was perhaps fitting that celebrations to mark the bicentenary Thomas Davis's death got underway with a lone piper and a rendition of his inspiring ballad 'A Nation Once Again'.
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St Sylvester's shake off their Thomas Davis doubts in style
Fingal Independent - almost 5 years
ST SYLVESTER'S shook the proverbial monkey off their back at Broomfield on Sunday morning as they defeated Thomas Davis for the first time in six outings.
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Daily Hab-it: Markov in select company -
Google News - over 5 years
But there is an extremely similar case to Markov's happening in North Carolina right now, as Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis is attempting to come back from two straight ACL procedures on his right knee. Davis missed all of last season and the second
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Thomas M. Davis
  • 2014
    Age 65
    In August 2014 Davis was named rector of George Mason University.
    More Details Hide Details He had been on the university's Board of Visitors since 2013. Davis's district is in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. He has been active in recent effort to change federal procurement and contracting practices that make it faster to award contracts but also easier to award no-bid, "cost-plus" and "share in savings" contracts. These contracts have especially involved the GSA and the Department of Homeland Security. Critics of the reforms point to the increasing campaign contributions from beneficiaries of the contracts and a reduction in audit and auditors, oversight, and performance by contractors after the changes. Tom Davis was one of only eleven Republicans to vote against the Contract with America Tax Relief Act that cut taxes by $189 billion over five years, including lowering the capital gains tax rate and easing the "marriage penalty," and supported a tax hike referendum to raise sales taxes in northern Virginia by 4.5 to 5%.
  • 2010
    Age 61
    On December 21, 2010, it was announced that Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell appointed Davis to be a member of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board of Directors, filling one of the five seats on the Board allotted to Virginia.
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    In the Spring of 2010 rumors were circulating on local blogs that Mr. Davis was considering a run for Chairman of the Board of Supervisors again.
    More Details Hide Details However, these rumors stopped once Marianne Lamont Horinko announced her intentions of running.
    In the Spring and Fall of 2010, Davis taught Political Parties and Campaigns.
    More Details Hide Details The course is described as "Characteristics and functions of political parties, influence of parties and other political forces on electoral decisions, and emphasis on parties’ inability or ability to hold government accountable to citizens" in the catalog. Jim Moran also teaches the class with him.
  • 2008
    Age 59
    He has also started teaching a class at George Mason University, called "Southern Politics" in the 2008 Fall Semester.
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    He resigned from Congress on November 24, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Davis served as President and CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a moderate Republican organization.
    On November 17, 2008, Davis joined Deloitte Consulting in their Washington, D.C. office.
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    Davis resigned from Congress on November 24, 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 58
    However, Davis announced in October 2007 that he would not be running after all, in part due to the state Republican Party's decision to choose its nominee at a nominating convention rather than in a primary.
    More Details Hide Details Davis argued that a primary would expose the candidates to the kind of environment they would face in November. It was also thought that a primary would have favored Davis due to his popularity in voter-rich Northern Virginia. In contrast, the delegates at the nominating convention will be made up mostly of party activists; the state's Republican activist base is tilted heavily to the right. Gilmore had argued strongly for a convention, claiming that a primary would leave the winner short of cash. This was no small consideration. The race for the Democratic nomination essentially ended when former Governor Mark Warner announced his candidacy; Warner has the ability to self-finance due to his considerable fortune. Davis told the National Press Club that he was considering a challenge to Virginia's other Senator, Jim Webb, in 2012.
    The bill was reintroduced, cosponsored by Davis, as the "District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act of 2007", as H.R. 1433 in the 110th Congress.
    More Details Hide Details The bill permanently increases the size of the House by two members. One seat will go to the District of Columbia and the other seat will go to the next state in line to get a congressional seat. Based on the 2000 decennial census and apportionment calculations, Utah will get the second seat until the reapportionment taking place after the 2010 Decennial Census. On March 13, 2007 it passed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform with a vote of 24–5. Davis's congressional district was redistricted after the 2000 census, which increased the percentage of Republicans in the district. In 2004, he defeated his relatively unknown Democratic challenger, Ken Longmyer, by a 59 percent to 39 percent margin. In the race, Davis outspent Longmyer, $1,835,000 to $72,000. In the November 2006 election, Davis defeated Democrat Andrew Hurst by 11 percentage points. It was the closest and costliest race Davis faced in 12 years. In financing his campaign, Davis outspent Hurst almost 9-to-1, $2,607,125 to $310,561.
    On February 26, 2007, The Post reported that Davis switched positions.
    More Details Hide Details One of 12 counsels for oversight and investigations on the House Government Reform Committee was Jennifer Safavian, wife of David Safavian, the first person convicted in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. She is now the Staff Director for the House Ways and Means Committee. A former legislative director for Davis submitted a request that he receive no jail time, but the judge ruled David Safavian's conduct merited incarceration. The judge's decision was reversed on June 17, 2008, by the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. David Safavian had replaced Angela Styles, who was forced from the General Services Administration after Davis wrote letters to her bosses at the Office of Management and Budget. He had written to Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. and Joshua Bolten, Styles's superiors at the Office of Management and Budget. Prior to his GSA job, Safavian had no government contracts experience. He did have connections to Davis, as a lobbyist with Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), he worked closely with the NRCC when Davis was chair, and presented Davis with an ATR award." ATR has been found to have operated as tax-exempt despite not qualifying for tax-exempt status.
  • 2006
    Age 57
    According to a July 17, 2006 story in The Washington Post, Davis said switching to a tunnel in Tysons would require reviews that could delay the rail line by as much as two years.
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    In July 2006, Davis wrote a letter to Virginia's then-Governor Tim Kaine discouraging the state from constructing an underground Metrorail through Tysons Corner.
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    In 2006, however, Davis faced an unexpectedly strong challenge from Democrat Andrew Hurst, but was reelected with 55 percent of the vote—his lowest total since his initial bid against Byrne.
    More Details Hide Details Nonetheless, he began fundraising for a Senate bid in 2007. In his 2004 term, on what the Washington Post deemed to be his then-most recent "key votes", Davis voted 10 times out of the last 13 times (77 percent) for the Republican Party position. Since 2003 on all 1,700 votes, Davis voted over 89 percent in favor of the Republican position. Nevertheless, Davis is sometimes described as a moderate; he supports some abortion rights and voting rights for the District of Columbia, and opposes the state car tax phase-out as he expressed in the Washingtonian in 2006.
  • 2005
    Age 56
    His wife continued to work for ICG, which paid her $78,000 in 2005 for working 10 to 20 hours a week, primarily at home on her cell phone.
    More Details Hide Details She makes $18,000 a year as a Virginia legislator. Her bio continues as the only one on the ICG site to name her spouse. The same Post writers continued the investigation of oversight of contractual influence by the committee and its chair in November and December 2006. Davis was accused of threatening Major League Baseball with an investigation when a consortium that included George Soros offered to buy the Washington Nationals. "I think Major League Baseball understands the stakes", Davis told Roll Call magazine. "I don't think they want to get involved in the political fights." Davis, who convened the recent congressional hearings on steroids, added, "I don't think it's the Nats that get hurt. I think it's Major League Baseball that gets hurt. They enjoy all sorts of exemptions from antitrust laws." Davis also appeared at a local zoning meeting to oppose a smart growth plan near the Vienna Metro station. Approval of the project, to build what was called a "mini-city" within walking distance of the Metro, was considered routine. Some of the longest commutes to work in the nation begin in Virginia—second only to New York City—and in Prince William County in particular. The project was a key resolution to congestion in the congressional district. Davis's pledge to approve the legislation led several county supervisors to accuse him of meddling in a local land-use issue.
    By contrast, by the end of the 2005 session, Davis and the majority had only permitted three subpoenas to be issued to the George W. Bush administration, including one to the United States Department of Defense over documents related to Hurricane Katrina. Davis's second wife, Jeannemarie Devolites-Davis, was one of the first hires (as a part-time consultant) for ICG Government, a firm that assists businesses in obtaining government contracts. Their financial relationship, along with financial ties that benefit family members of 64 of the 435 voting members of Congress, was highlighted in the June 2007 ethics report, "Family Affair" by the CREW.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of her hire at ICG, Davis was her mentor and campaign manager. After being hired, Devolites married Davis. On July 28, 2006, the Washington Post reported that the Defense Information Systems Agency had reviewed its satellite contract with Artel, Inc., and the agency had preliminarily determined that the contract was ineffective and expensive. Artel then hired ICG for lobbying services. ICG drafted a letter Davis signed to the agency threatening an investigation by his committee if the contract was not awarded. After the Post articles appeared, Davis sought an opinion from the House Ethics Committee. They advised him to be careful to avoid the appearance of any conflict in this matter. The Post published an extensive article on the issue, the company had to register as a lobbyist, and ICG removed a picture from the front page of its website of Davis speaking to ICG clients.
  • 2003
    Age 54
    In 2003 she was elected to the Virginia State Senate, serving one term before her defeat for re-election in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Davis's political action committees gave her more than $172,000 by mid-2006. He has four stepdaughters from this marriage. Video
    He divorced her in late 2003 and announced his intention to marry Jeannemarie Devolites in February 2004.
    More Details Hide Details They married in June of that year. Davis's first public involvement with Devolites was in 1997 when he managed her campaign for the Virginia House of Delegates, her fourth campaign and first successful one, and was her biggest campaign contributor.
    In 2003, Davis became Chairman of the House Government Reform Committee.
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  • 1998
    Age 49
    Davis was chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) from 1998 to 2002.
    More Details Hide Details According to The Federal Paper, he then sought the chairmanship of the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee. Davis had less seniority than the other contenders for this chairmanship, but some Republicans wanted to reward him for his work as NRCC chairman, including his supervision of a $160 million fundraising effort. Davis's deputy on the NRCC, Tom Reynolds of New York, became the next NRCC chairman.
    He even ran unopposed in 1998 and 2002.
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  • 1997
    Age 48
    It issued 1,052 subpoenas to probe alleged misconduct by the administration and the Democratic Party between 1997 and 2002.
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  • 1994
    Age 45
    Davis won election to the House in 1994, the year of the Republican Contract with America.
    More Details Hide Details Davis defeated one-term incumbent Leslie Byrne. The Contract with America called for citizen-legislators who would retire after 12 years, instead of career politicians. Davis signed the Contract and voted in favor of the Citizens Legislature Act; however, the bill did not achieve support from the 2/3 majority needed for the amendment to pass. Although the 11th was considered a swing district, Davis was reelected five more times without substantive opposition in part due to his popularity in Fairfax County.
  • 1980
    Age 31
    Davis was a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from 1980 to 1994, serving as chairman of the Board of Supervisors from 1991 until his election to the House.
    More Details Hide Details During his service as board chairman, Fairfax County was ranked first financially by City and State magazine in their list of Top 50 Counties.
  • 1973
    Age 24
    In 1973, Davis married Margaret "Peggy" Rantz, a medical doctor.
    More Details Hide Details They have three children together: Carlton, Pamela, and Shelley.
  • 1967
    Age 18
    Davis was born in Minot, North Dakota, and moved to Fairfax County at an early age. He was a U.S. Senate Page and graduated as president of the senior class at the United States Capitol Page School in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details He is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia School of Law. He attended Officer Candidate School of the U.S. Army, served on active duty, and spent eight years with the Virginia National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve.
  • 1949
    Age 0
    Born on January 5, 1949.
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