Why He Matters
Davis, the representative from Illinois' 7th district, is nothing if not a communicator. He holds over 40 townhall meetings each year, keeps weekly office hours in his district and hosts several weekly TV and radio programs. As effective as he's been with constituent services, he's always had his eye on higher office.
In 2008, Davis rejected an offer for Barack Obama's Senate seat from Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) who was accused of selling it. With his roots in Chicago politics, Davis ran for the 2011 nomination to become Chicago's mayor. He was an underdog to former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, but was anointed the "consensus candidate" by many of the city's African-American leaders. this didn’t help him garner votes in the February 2011 primary however, and Emanuel won the election.