Davis served as a Republican U.S. Congressman from Northern Virginia for seven terms. While in Congress he chaired the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Mr. Davis represented Virginia’s 11th Congressional District from 1995 to 2008. He was chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2003 to 2007, leading several high-profile investigations including Hurricane Katrina, steroid use in professional baseball and contracting in Iraq. He was also chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee from 1999 to 2002.
He is widely acknowledged to have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of US political history. In 2014 he co-authored The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis with Congressman Martin Frost. The book details how the lack of bipartisanship has eroded government’s capacity to address serious problems affecting the nation—and how this can be reversed.
Mr. Davis currently serves as Rector (chairman of the Board of Visitors) at George Mason University, where he is also a professor of Public Policy at the School of Policy and Government. He is also an attorney practicing in the area of congressional and regulatory affairs, congressional investigations, land use and legislative strategy as a partner at Holland & Knight law firm in Washington, DC. Mr. Davis served as a supervisor on the Fairfax County, Virginia Board of Supervisors from 1980 to 1994, and as the board chairman from 1991 to 1994.