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|37th Governor of California|
January 4, 1999 – November 17, 2003
|Preceded by||Pete Wilson|
|Succeeded by||Arnold Schwarzenegger|
|44th Lieutenant Governor of California|
January 2, 1995 – January 4, 1999
|Preceded by||Leo T. McCarthy|
|Succeeded by||Cruz Bustamante|
|Controller of California|
January 5, 1987 – January 2, 1995
|Preceded by||Kenneth Cory|
|Succeeded by||Kathleen Connell|
|Member of the California State Assembly
from the 43rd district
|Preceded by||Howard Berman|
|Succeeded by||Terry Friedman|
|Chief of Staff to the Governor of California|
|Preceded by||Edwin Meese|
|Succeeded by||B. T. Collins|
Joseph Graham Davis Jr.
December 26, 1942
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Sharon Ryer (1980–present)|
|Education||Stanford University (BA)
Columbia University (JD)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1967–1969|
Joseph Graham "Gray" Davis, Jr. (born December 26, 1942) is an American retired politician and attorney.
Davis served as the 37th Governor of California from 1999 to 2003. He was a member of the Democratic Party, only months into his second term, in 2003 Davis was recalled and removed from office, the second state governor successfully recalled in U.S. history.
Before serving as governor, Davis was chief of staff to Governor Jerry Brown (1975–81), a California State Assemblyman (1983–87), California State Controller (1987–95) and the 44th Lieutenant Governor of California (1995–99).
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Davis sought to improve relations with Mexican President Vicente Fox.
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