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"The aim here is to cultivate a new generation of leaders by providing invaluable mentorship and fostering a sense of hope, purpose, and direction. By investing in our teens and young professionals, we invest in eastern North Carolina's future prosperity and success. Together, through mentorship and collaborative leadership, we will provide our young talent with the tools to overcome challenges and embrace opportunities, ensuring a brighter tomorrow for the East." (Don Davis announcing the formation of the First Congressional District's Teen and Young Professionals Mentoring and Leadership Council)

 

"Our democracy thrives when citizens actively participate, and I am grateful for our candid conversations. Rest assured, our voices in Washington, D.C., matter, and I am committed to fighting for our priorities in Congress. We are building a stronger, more resilient future for Halifax County and eastern North Carolina." (Halifax Town Hall statement)

BACKGROUND + EXPERIENCE 

Congressman Don Davis was born + raised in Snow Hill, North Carolina. As a young man, Congressman Davis worked in the tobacco fields + attended the church where he is currently ministering. He graduated in 1994 from the United States Air Force Academy + became a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, where he actively served for eight years.

As a First Lieutenant, Davis coordinated Air Force One + CODEL operations at Andrews Air Force Base + supported families of military members as a mortuary officer. Congressman Davis returned to eastern North Carolina as an assistant professor of Aerospace Studies at East Carolina University Air Force ROTC Detachment 600, where he taught national security affairs, military history + leadership courses.

Davis became the youngest Mayor of Snow Hill at age 29, where he served seven years. He was elected to the North Carolina State Senate in 2008, serving six terms. Davis holds a bachelor's degree in social sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a master's degree in administration from Central Michigan University, a master's degree in sociology with a concentration in regional development + a doctoral degree in education from East Carolina University. He has spent his life answering the call to serve as a veteran, educator, minister, + public servant.

In 2022, Davis was elected to the US House of Representatives, representing 19 counties comprising the First Congressional District of North Carolina in eastern North Carolina.

He lives in Greene County, NC, with his wife Yuvonka + their three sons, Ryan, Justin, and Kyler.

ISSUES

Congressman Davis' top priority in Congress is expanding access to affordable health care to keep rural hospitals open, make care accessible to those who need it most improve treatment for people living with an addiction. Davis is leading the effort in the House to expand access to affordable care for North Carolinians; his first official acts in Congress included cosponsoring H.R. 31 COVER Now Act, which would help find a federal alternative to states that have yet to expand Medicaid + relaunching the State Medicaid Expansion Caucus (SMEC) to advance solutions to expand Medicaid for those trapped in their state's coverage gap.

Davis understands that college isn't for everyone + believes in ensuring rural communities have the resources to offer opportunities like vocational training, trade schools + apprenticeship programs to allow young people to support their families in eastern North Carolina. 

As the Vice Ranking Member of the powerful House Committee on Agriculture, Congressman Davis is fighting for fair + just policies for farmers and investments that promote equity + accommodate the diversity of his district's products.

North Carolina's First Congressional District is home to eight times more veterans per capita than the rest of the nation. As a House Committee on Armed Services member, Davis advocates for service members who serve + have served our country.

NORTH CAROLINA + DISTRICT 01 POLITICS

North Carolina voted for the Republican candidate in all but one presidential election since 1980; the one exception was in 2008 when a plurality of North Carolinians voted for Barack Obama. However, since that election, the state has remained closely contested, with Republicans winning by no more than four points + obtaining a majority of the vote only in 2012. North Carolina has mostly elected Democratic governors; only four Republican governors were elected since Reconstruction + of those only one served two terms. Trump won North Carolina by +1.3

In all the North Carolina Congressional districts redrawn + put into play for this election, none may be more competitive than the northeastern part of the state. The district is ranked toss-up by all major ranking organizations.

The NC01 district is in the northeastern most part of the state, stretching from Currituck County to Vance + a small part of Granville along the Virginia border; a western edge of Nash, Wilson, and Wayne counties; a southern tip of Lenoir + Greene counties + its southern line is Edgecombe, Martin, Washington + Tyrell counties. In 2022, before redistricting, this district was a Biden +1.7 + Davis won the general election by +4.7 over Sandy Smith. US House District 01 will include a general election ballot with incumbent Democratic Congressman Don Davis, Libertarian Tom Bailey of Greensboro + the winner of the Super Tuesday Republican primary match between Laurie Buckhout + Sandy Smith.

 

COMMITTEES + CAUCUSES

Committees:

Agriculture Committee (Vice Ranking Member):

· Subcommittee on Commodity Markets, Digital Assets, and Rural Development,

· Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities, Risk Management, and Credit,

· Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, & Poultry

 

House Armed Services Committee:

· Subcommittee on Readiness (Vice Ranking Member)

·  Subcommittee on Military Personnel

 

Working Groups, Panels & Task Forces:

·  Agriculture-Labor Working Group

·  Quality of Life Panel

 

Caucuses:

·  Tobacco Harm Reduction Caucus Co-Chair

·  Congressional Black Caucus

·  New Democrat Coalition   - Vice Chair of Farm Bill Task Force

·  Problem Solvers Caucus

·  For Country Caucus

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