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Lincoln Davis


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2003
Preceded by Van Hilleary

Born September 13, 1943 (1943-09-13) (age 66)
Pall Mall, Tennessee
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lynda Davis
Children Larissa, Lynn, Libby
Residence Pall Mall, Tennessee
Alma mater Tennessee Tech University
Religion Baptist

Lincoln Edward Davis[1] (born September 13, 1943 in Pall Mall, Tennessee) is a U.S. Representative from Tennessee, currently representing the state's 4th congressional district (map). He is a Democrat.

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Career

Davis, a 1966 Tennessee Technological University agriculture graduate who was raised in rural Fentress County, has been in public office in Tennessee since being elected as mayor of Byrdstown in 1978. Davis served two terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives, 1980–1984, and was later elected to two terms in the Tennessee State Senate, 1996–2002, resigning from that body midway through his second term when he was elected to represent the state’s Fourth Congressional District in November 2002, narrowly defeating Tullahoma Alderman Janice Bowling. He was handily reelected in a 2004 rematch against Bowling and faced only nominal opposition in 2006 and 2008. Although the 4th is not considered safe for either major party, its size (it stretches across two time zones and five television markets) makes it very difficult to unseat an incumbent.[2]

In the state legislature, Davis supported state employee and teacher pay raises, long-term care for senior citizens, character education in schools and new domestic violence legislation. Davis initiated and fought for a bill requiring counseling and a 12-hour holding period for domestic violence offenders. While a State Senator, Davis also voted to allow non-documented non-citizen aliens to receive Tennessee drivers' licenses, which was highly criticized and has been since considered for repeal

Davis did not make an endorsement of the candidate in advance of the DNC's convention regarding Presidential campaign in August 2008. Hillary Clinton won the primary in his district by a significant margin,[3] and John McCain outran Barack Obama there by 29 percentage points.[4]

Davis, who now lives in the rural Fentress County village of Pall Mall, also owns a construction business, Diversified Construction Co., which builds homes, apartments and offices. Davis and his wife Lynda, an elementary school teacher, have three daughters, Larissa, Lynn and Libby, and five grandchildren, Ashton, Alexia, Andrew, Austin and Adam.

In the November 2008 general election, he defeated Republican candidate Monty Lankford, a Hospital Equipment Company Owner, in one of the swing districts in the state, despite Lankford got more money on hand than Davis in March 2008.[4] Afterwards Davis was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee and the Energy & Water Subcommittee.[5]

He was a possible candidate for Governor of Tennessee in 2010.[6] However, Davis announced that he had decided not to seek for that office on January 2009.[7]

In November 2009, Davis voted against the Affordable Health Care for America Act. [8]

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Committee assignments

Caucus membership

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Van Hilleary
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 4th congressional district

2003 – present
Incumbent
Representatives to the 108th–111th United States Congresses from Tennessee (ordered by seniority)
108th Senate: B. Frist | L. Alexander House: B. Gordon | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | Z. Wamp | H. Ford, Jr. | W. Jenkins | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | L. Davis
109th Senate: B. Frist | L. Alexander House: B. Gordon | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | Z. Wamp | H. Ford, Jr. | W. Jenkins | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | L. Davis
110th Senate: L. Alexander | B. Corker House: B. Gordon | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | Z. Wamp | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | L. Davis | S. Cohen | D. Davis
111th Senate: L. Alexander | B. Corker House: B. Gordon | J. Duncan, Jr. | J. Tanner | Z. Wamp | J. Cooper | M. Blackburn | L. Davis | S. Cohen | P. Roe

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