Susan Davis

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Susan Davis currently serves the 53rd Congressional district of California

Susan A. Davis, a Democrat, has represented the 53rd District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2001. (map)

Record and controversies

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.

Positions on transparency

Davis has refused to publish her appointment calendar from the previous day. Her comments were in response to the request of one of her constituents that she do so as a part of the Sunlight Foundation's Punch Clock Campaign. [1]


On March 22, 2007, Susan Davis introduced bill H.R.1646, to amend the 2002 Help America Vote Act. Among the components of the new bill is a mandate requiring states to implement tracking systems for states using vote-by-Mail. The next day she introduced H.R.1667, which would create a grant program for states to implement a vote-by-mail program. [2]

Voting For War Funds With No Withdrawal Deadline

On May 24th, 2007, Susan Davis voted[2] in favor of providing $100 billion in funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan without setting withdrawal deadlines for troops, as was previously sought by anti-war Democrats.


On September 26th, 2007, Susan Davis voted[3] for a resolution that condemned's ad in the New York Times concerning General Petraeus' testimony to Congress.


Davis was born April 13, 1944 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but has spent most of her life in California. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and earned a master's degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A social worker in San Diego, Davis was elected to the San Diego School Board in 1983. She served there until 1992, most of that time as president or vice-president. For part of that time, she served alongside her future colleague in the House, Bob Filner (who represents most of the other side of San Diego in the House). In 1994, she was elected to the California State Assembly.

In 2000, she challenged three-term Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray in what was then the 49th District. She won with 54 percent of the vote. Her district was renumbered the 53rd and redrawn to include more of increasingly Democratic San Diego, and she was reelected with little trouble in 2002 and 2004. Before her election, Republicans had held the district for all but two of the previous 48 years.

In the House, she is "focusing on the issues of defense, education, environment, health care, and veterans affairs."[3]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated John Woodrum, and the Libertarian Party nominated Ernie Lippe to face Davis in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4] Davis retained her 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 California superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Susan Davis, as a superdelegate, had not endorsed a candidate for President.

  • For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Committees and Affiliations


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

More Background Data

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


DC Office:
1224 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-2040
Fax: 202-225-2948
Web Email

District Office- San Diego:
4305 University Avenue, Suite 515
San Diego, CA 92105
Phone: 619-280-5353
Fax: 619-280-5311

Articles and resources

Local blogs and discussion sites



  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Roll Call Vote in the House, May 24th, 2007
  3. Roll Call Vote in the House, September 26th, 2007

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Military Personnel, House Committee on Education and Labor, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Early Childhood Elementary and Secondary Education, House Committee on Education and Labor/Subcommittee on Higher Education Lifelong Learning and Competitiveness, House Committee on House Administration, Joint Committee on Printing,
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2000
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January 3, 2001
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
California State Assembly, President, San Diego League of Women Voters, Member, San Diego Unified School District Board of Education, President, San Diego Unified School District Board of Education,
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District Offices:
1. 4305 University Avenue, Suite 515, San Diego, CA 92105
Phone: 619-280-5353 / Fax: 619-280-5311

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Date of Birth: April 13, 1944