Thomas Davis III
U.S. Congress (R-11th/VA)
Congressman Davis represents the 11th District of Virginia. Prior to his election to Congress, Davis was the chief elected official in Fairfax County, the eleventh most populous municipality with the second largest county budget in the United States. Davis has earned a reputation among his constituents, colleagues and the media as a strong advocate of federal employees and contractors and as an expert in federal procurement policy. Davis also serves as one of four co-chairs of the Information Technology Working Group, a group he founded to promote a better understanding of issues important to the computer and technology industries.
Davis' legislative accomplishments were recognized in January 2003, when he was elected to chair the House Government Reform Committee for the 108th Congress. The Committee on Government Reform is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It has jurisdiction to investigate any federal program and any matter with federal policy implications.
A strong proponent of immigrant rights and civil liberties, Davis voted in favor of extending Section 245 (i) of Immigration and Nationality Act by four months. Section 245 (i) allowed certain individuals who are pursuing permanent residency in the United States to remain with their families while their applications were being adjudicated. In addition, Davis supported the Otter Amendment, which aimed to prevent so-called "sneak and peek" searches from being conducted by amending the USA Patriot Act.
First Elected: 1994
Committees: Government Reform, Chair
Prev. Occupation: Attorney
Prev. Political Exp.: Fairfax Co. Supervisor, 1979-94
Education: BA Amherst College, 1971; JD University of Virginia, 1975
Military: US Army, 1971-72; US Army Reserves, 1972-79