Candidate Bio: Rodney Davis - 13th District - FOX 35 News Orlando

Candidate Bio: Rodney Davis - 13th District

Rodney Davis is running to represent Illinois' 13th congressional district in the U.S. House.

The Republican has lived in Taylorville since he was 7 years old, graduated with honors from Decatur's Milikin University and previously worked with Rep. John Shimkus among his other civic duties.

In this capacity, Davis said he has seen the role federal government can play in getting constituents what they need, and when it should take a back-seat role in accomplishing the same objective. He promises to bring better quality of life to District 13 residents, and work aggressively to bring down the national debt by ending overspending on the federal level.

Davis has a daughter and twin boys, and has helped his wife in her fight against cancer. She is a 13-year survivor. 

He is running against Democrat Dr. David Gill, after Republican primary winner Tim Johnson decided to retire. What used to be a safe GOP seat in the House is now a swing seat.

Illinois' 13th district includes Calhoun, Christian, Decatur, Dewitt, Godfrey, Greene, Jersey, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Montgomery, Piatt, Sangamon, Taylorville, Champaign and Urbana counties after 2011's redistricting.

Rep. Judy Biggert would have been the incumbent for District 13.

On The Issues

Jobs and the Economy - It is unacceptable that unemployment has been above 8 percent for 43 out of the last 44 months. Read more...

Taxes - Our tax system is in serious need of reform. U.S. companies currently pay the highest corporate tax rate in the world, making them less likely to invest and create jobs here in America. Read more...

Spending - Our nation is on an unsustainable path. Since the beginning of 2009, wasteful spending like the failed $825 billion stimulus has caused our national debt to increase by nearly $5 trillion and today it stands at over $15.7 trillion – more than $50,000 for every American. Read more...

Healthcare - Rodney knows that a one-size-fits-all, government-mandated health care system is not the answer for addressing the needs of both people with health insurance and the uninsured. Read more...

Agriculture - For most of his career, Rodney has worked on agriculture, farm policy and rural development issues. His perspective comes from knowledgeable farmers, ag business owners and his family's small business experience in rural Illinois communities. Read more...


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