Danny Davis was elected to the U.S. House in 1996, receiving 82 percent of the vote against Republican Randy Borow. He was re-elected in 1998 without major party opposition. Davis, a former Chicago alderman, ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Chicago against Mayor Richard M. Daley. Davis received 39 percent of the vote in the 1991 primary.
Davis unsuccessfully challenged Democratic Rep. Cardiss Collins in the Democratic primaries in 1984 and 1986.
In 2000, Davis won re-election with 86 percent of the vote against Robert Dallas.
He was re-elected in 2002 with 85 percent of the vote.
In the 2004 Democratic primary, he garnered 82 percent of the vote in defeating attorney Anita Rivkin-Carothers (15 percent) and Robert Dallas (3 percent), his former GOP opponent from 2000.