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DAVIS, Danny K.

DAVIS, Danny K.
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DAVIS, Danny K., a Representative from Illinois; born in Parkdale, Ashley County, Ark., September 6, 1941; graduated from Savage High School, Parkdale, Ark., 1957; B.A., Arkansas A.M.&N. College, Pine Bluff, Ark., 1961; M.S., Chicago State University, Chicago, Ill., 1968; Ph.D., Union Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1977; clerk, Chicago, Ill., Post Office, 1961-1965; teacher, Chicago, Ill., public schools, 1962-1968; executive director, Greater Lawndale Conservation Commission, 1969; director of training, Martin L. King Neighborhood Health Center, 1969-1971; executive director, Westside Health Planning Organization, 1975-1981; alderman, Chicago, Ill., city council, 1979-1990; commissioner, Cook County, Ill., board, 1990-1996; college professor; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the Ninety-Ninth Congress in 1984; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the One Hundredth Congress in 1986; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Fifth and to the thirteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1997-present).

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

The HistoryMakers

Chicago, IL
Oral History: 2003, amount unknown. An oral history interview of Danny Davis conducted on December 13, 2003.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

"Danny K. Davis" in Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2008.

Davis, Danny K. "Rationalization of Need for Development of a System Which Promotes More Effective Involvement and Participation of Consumers in the Organization, Development, and Operation of Government Regulated Health Planning and Policy Agencies. Public Law 93-641: The National Health Planning and Resources Development Act of 1974: Chicago Health Systems Agency Development: A Case Study," Ph. D. Diss., Union Institute and University, 1977.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Education and Labor
  • House Committee - Education and the Workforce
  • House Committee - Government Reform
  • House Committee - Government Reform and Oversight
  • House Committee - Homeland Security
  • House Committee - Oversight and Government Reform
    • Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia - Chair
  • House Committee - Oversight and Reform
  • House Committee - Small Business
  • House Committee - Ways and Means
    • Worker and Family Support - Chair
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