Artur Davis

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Artur Davis is a former Representative from the 7th Congressional district of Alabama

Artur Genestre Davis, a Democrat, is a former U.S. Representative for the 7th Congressional District of Alabama, having served 2003 to 2011. The district was created under the Voting Rights Act to be black-majority district and included the rural black belt area as well as urban portions of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. (map) [1]

"Artur Davis joined the law firm SNR Denton in 2011 as a partner in the crime and government investigations section after serving four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Alabama's 7th congressional district." [2]

Record and controversies

Iraq War

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

Artur Davis appears to be against the War in Iraq, but at the same time shows his support for the armed forces. Davis voted to approve a resolution sponsored by fellow Democrat, Representative Ike Skelton (Missouri) that would “disapprove of the decision of President George W. Bush to deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq”[3] while still showing support for the armed forces. It was a measure that did in fact pass the House of Representatives in 2007. In May 2008, Davis voted in favor of a bill that would put regulations on the United States' actions in Iraq and future conflicts. The house voted to pass the bill by a margin of 227 to 196. [1]

Abortion

Although he is the co-chair of the New Democratic Coalition, Representative Davis generally tends to vote from a conservative viewpoint on teenage and partial abortion. In 2003 he voted yes to pass a bill that would prohibit partial birth-abortion. He also later voted to prohibit minors from traveling across state lines to get an abortion. On the other hand in 2006 he voted against a measure that would require people performing the abortions to give out information about the theory that the unborn fetus, less than 20 weeks old, can feel the pain of the abortion. [2] Based on his voting record, Representative Davis seems to be pro-choice to a certain extent. Pregressivepunch.com gave Artur Davis a 62% progressive score on his position on abortion.[3] NARAL Pro-choice America supports Davis and gave him a rating of 100 on his position on abortion. [4]

Environmental record

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

Artur Davis tends to take a liberal stance on Energy and the Environment. Davis is in favor of reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and energy. In late 2007 he voted to pass the Energy Act of 2007, it is a bill that “increases energy efficiency standards and vehicle fleet fuel economy standards, and decreases tax deductions for certain oil-related income” according to Project Vote Smart. [5] In 2007 Artur Davis voted against a piece of legislation (Renewable Energy Standards) that required electrical suppliers to supply 15% of their energy through renewable resources. The same bill also allowed the buying and selling of Federal Energy Efficiency Credits that satisfied “the renewable energy requirement and [that] may be obtained either through issuance by the Secretary of Energy”. [6] Even though he voted against the measure, The House Of Representatives passed it 220 for to 190 against.

Ties to AIPAC and Israel

Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla), Ambassador Sallai Meridor, Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.), Rabbi Eric Lankin (JNF), and Pastor James Love plant a tree in Israel in commemoration of Coretta Scott King. (Source: Embassy of Israel)

Davis received substantial funding from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its supporters during his successful 2002 campaign against incumbent Democratic Rep. Earl Hilliard. The Decatur Daily reported in 2004 that Davis conservatively received $206,595 from individuals and PACs associated with pro-Israel organizations in 2002, more than any other House candidate. This was fairly unusual because Davis was challenging an incumbent from his own party and after he won the primary he had no Republican opponent. Davis' contributions soared after he attended a series of April 2002 fundraisers coordinated by AIPAC members in Washington, D.C. and New York City. In 2004 AIPAC members sponsored at least one fundraiser for him in New York and another in Birmingham. [4]

Davis, who received 76 percent of his 2002 contributions from outside Alabama and largely from New York City, acknowledged that he "received a lot of money from the Jewish community," but made a distinction between taking money from AIPAC – with which he said in 2004 he had no relationship – and its members. "I have never accepted money from AIPAC," Davis said, "My relationship has been with donors who are members of AIPAC." [5]

However, the leaders of AIPAC routinely use other organizations to steer contributions to candidates. Jeffrey Goldberg reported in the New Yorker in 2005 that Mayer Mitchell, a former head of AIPAC, led a 2002 effort to solicit contributions for Davis' primary campaign to unseat Hilliard, a frequent critic of Israeli policy. [6] Shortly after the 2002 election, an AIPAC publication reported that "Davis has met with AIPAC activists and staff and has close ties to members of the local and national pro-Israel community." [7] Although Davis's comment is technically correct, i.e., AIPAC doesn't disburse funds directly to candidates/elected politicians, it directs hundreds of AIPAC-directed PACs to focus funding on key campaigns.[8]

At least one pro-Israel PAC, To Protect Our Heritage, said it gave to Davis because "Hilliard has one of the most dismal records in Congress in Israel-related issues." While Davis denied claims by Hilliard that he developed AIPAC-friendly positions on Israeli policy to raise money, he did acknowledge that "In 2002, we were unable to raise large sums of money because Earl Hilliard was an incumbent," Davis said. "That required us to develop a national fund-raising strategy or forgo our ability to win the race. So we developed a national fund-raising strategy." [9]

On April 26, 2007, Davis participated in planting a tree in commemoration of Coretta Scott King. The event marked the dedication of a Jewish National Fund forest in Israel in her name. Ben White, a freelance journalist based in the Bethlehem district of Palestine, analyzed this event in an article posted by ElectronicIntifada, and called it a "propaganda" ploy. [10] [11]

AIPAC Creatures

MJ Rosenberg, a former AIPAC official and current commentator/journalist, writes about three black American Democrat politicians who have opted to oppose Barack Obama. Rosenberg outlines the history of these politicians, and summarizes:

The bottom line is that [Cory] Booker, [Artur] Davis and [Harold] Ford are Democrats with an asterisk. And the asterisk is AIPAC. That is why it is those three who are attacking Obama while every member of the House Black Caucus are out there backing Obama with all they have.[12]

Bio

Davis was born October 9, 1967 in Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1990 and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School in 1993, and was a civil rights lawyer and Assistant United States Attorney before he ran for the House in the Democratic primary against 10-year incumbent Earl F. Hilliard, whom he narrowly defeated in 2002.

Known as a bipartisan legislator, Davis has earned praise from publications such as The Washington Post and the National Journal.[7] Seen as a rising star, he announced in May 2005 that he would like to run for a seat in the United States Senate or for governor of Alabama in 2010.[8]

2006 elections

No major candidates announced their intentions to contest Davis’s seat in the November 2006 election. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [9]

2008 elections

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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 Alabama superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.


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

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

2010 elections

In the June 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary, Davis ran against Democrat Ron Sparks and lost.[1]

Committees and affiliations

Committees

  • House Committee on Ways and Means
    • Subcommittee on Social Security
    • Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support
  • House Committee on the Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
    • Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims

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

Coalitions and caucuses

More background data

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

Former contact

DC Office:
208 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-2665
Fax: 202-226-9567
Web Email
Website

District Office - Birmingham:
2 20th Street, North
Suite 1130
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: 205-254-1960
Fax: 205-254-1974

District Office - Demopolis:
102 East Washington Street
Suite F
Demopolis, AL 36732
Phone: 334-287-0860
Fax: 334-287-0870

District Office - Livingtson:
205 North Washington Street
UWA Station 40
Webb Hall 236-237
Livingston, AL 35470-2099
Phone: 205-652-5834
Fax: 205-652-5935

District Office - Selma:
908 Alabama Avenue
Federal Building, Suite 112
Selma, AL 36701
Phone: 334-877-4414
Fax: 334-877-4489

District Office - Tuscaloosa:
1118 Greensboro Avenue
336 Federal Building, Suite 336
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Phone: 205-752-5380
Fax: 205-752-5899

2008 campaign contact information

Official Davis for Congress website

Committee To Elect Artur Davis To Congress
Campaign Headquarters
1727 3rd Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203

Phone: 322-9096

Fax:322-9097

acelftr@yahoo.com

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Artur Davis profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
  2. Huntington Ingalls Industries Artur Davis, organizational web page, accessed September 17, 2012.
  3. Project Vote Smart (February 16, 2007). "Representative Davis on Iraq War Policy Resolution", Project Vote Smart. 
  4. Eric Fleischauer, "Rep. Davis helped by group tied to spy case," Decatur Daily, September 5, 2004.
  5. Eric Fleischauer, "Rep. Davis helped by group tied to spy case," Decatur Daily, September 5, 2004.
  6. Jeffrey Goldberg, "Real Insiders," The New Yorker, July 4, 2005.
  7. Eric Fleischauer, "Rep. Davis helped by group tied to spy case," Decatur Daily, September 5, 2004.
  8. Richard Curtiss, Stealth PACs: Lobbying Congress for Control of U.S. Middle East Policy, 1990 (updated 1997). Book documents and list the constellation of PACs utilized by AIPAC to influence elections, or legislation.
  9. Eric Fleischauer, "Rep. Davis helped by group tied to spy case," Decatur Daily, September 5, 2004.
  10. Ben White, "Coretta Scott King and the Jewish National Fund," The Electronic Intifada, May 15, 2007.
  11. "Ben (White)'s biography," BenWhite.org.uk.
  12. MJ Rosenberg, Coincidence? The Three Black Officials Breaking With Obama Are All AIPAC, MJ's blog, 22 May 2012.

Local blogs and discussion sites

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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Member, Congressional Black Caucus; Member, Senior Whip Team for the Democratic Caucus of the
Committees: House Committee on House Administration, House Committee on the Judiciary, House Judiciary Task Force on Antitrust, House Judiciary Task Force on Antitrust/Subcommittee on the Constitution Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, House Judiciary Task Force on Antitrust/Subcommittee on Crime Terrorism and Homeland Security, House Judiciary Task Force on Antitrust/Subcommittee on Immigration Citizenship Refugees Border Security and International Law, House Committee on Ways and Means, House Committee on Ways and Means/Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, House Committee on Ways and Means/Subcommittee on Social Security
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1. 2 20th Street, North, Suite 1130, Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone: 205-254-1960 / Fax: 205-254-1974
2. 102 East Washington Street, Suite F, Demopolis, AL 36732
Phone: 334-287-0860 / Fax: 334-287-0870
3. 205 North Washington Street, UWA Station 40, Webb Hall 236-237, Livingston, AL 35470-2099
Phone: 205-652-5834 / Fax: 205-652-5935
4. 908 Alabama Avenue, Federal Building, Suite 112, Selma, AL 36701
Phone: 334-877-4414 / Fax: 334-877-4489
5. 1118 Greensboro Avenue, 336 Federal Building, Suite 336, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Phone: 205-752-5380 / Fax: 205-752-5899



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Date of Birth: October 9, 1967