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Jim Davis (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 10/11/1957 (Tampa, FL)
Race: White
Religion: Episcopalian
Residence: Tampa, FL
Education: BA from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA; JD in Law from University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Occupation: Attorney
Office Type: U.S. House -- Florida District 11 

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Jim Davis was born in Tampa, Fla., where he still lives. He received a bachelor's degree in 1979 from Washington and Lee University and a law degree from the University of Florida in 1982. He practiced law and was elected in 1988 to the first of his four two-year terms in the Florida House, where he served as majority leader from 1995 to 1996.

He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1996.

Davis and his wife, Peggy, have two children.

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Jim Davis was elected to the Florida House in 1988 and re-elected three more times. He finished second in the 1996 Democratic congressional primary but qualified for a runoff by 274 votes over the third-place finisher in a four-way race. Former Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman finished first with 35 percent to Davis' 25 percent, but Davis won the runoff 56-44 percent over Freedman.

In the general election, Davis beat Republican Mark Sharpe with 58 percent of the vote. Davis was re-elected in 1998, defeating Republican Joe Chillura with 65 percent of the vote. He defeated Libertarian Charlie Westlake to win re-election in 2000 with 85 percent of the vote.

Davis was unopposed in 2002.

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