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Sharice Davids
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded by Kevin Yoder
Personal details
Born
Sharice Lynnette Davids

May 22, 1980 (1980-05-22) (age 40)
Frankfurt, West Germany
Political party Democratic
Education Haskell Indian Nations University
University of Kansas
Johnson County Community College
University of Missouri–Kansas City (BA)
Cornell University (JD)

Sharice Lynnette Davids (born May 22, 1980) is an American attorney, former mixed martial artist, and Democratic politician. She became the member of the United States House of Representatives for KS's 3rd congressional district on January 3, 2019.

Davids is the first Democrat from Kansas elected to Congress in a decade. Davids is the first openly LGBT Native American in the United States Congress, the first openly gay person elected to the United States Congress from Kansas, and one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress (along with Deb Haaland of New Mexico).

Life and education

Davids was born on May 22, 1980 in Frankfurt, West Germany.

Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) people. She is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. She lives in Roeland Park.

Davids went to Leavenworth High School, Haskell Indian Nations University, the University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, and the University of Missouri–Kansas City. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2007. Davids got a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in 2010.

Mixed martial arts career

Davids started competing in mixed martial arts (MMA) as an amateur in 2006. She became a professional in 2013. She had a 5–1 win–loss record as an amateur, and she had a 1–1 record as a professional. She tried out for The Ultimate Fighter but did not make it onto the show. After this, she stopped doing MMA, leading her to travel the U.S. and live on Native American reservations, where she would work with the communities on economic and community development programs.

Record

Professional
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 1–1 Rosa Acevedo Decision (unanimous) LCS 18 March 1, 2014 3 5:00 Torrington, Wyoming, United States
Win 1–0 Nadia Nixon Submission (triangle choke) Shamrock FC – Conquest November 1, 2013 1 2:08 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Amateur
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 5–1 Heather Rafferty Decision (unanimous) Pride & Pain MMA October 20, 2012 3 3:00 Hot Springs, South Dakota, United States
Win 4–1 Chandra Engel Submission (triangle choke) Ultimate Blue Corner Battles January 27, 2012 1 2:36 North Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 3–1 Ronni Nanney TKO (knee & punch) Ultimate Blue Corner Battles April 1, 2011 3 3:00 North Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 2–1 Stacia Hoss TKO (knee & punch) Ultimate Blue Corner Battles August 27, 2010 1 0:27 North Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Loss 1–1 Erin Reynolds Submission (armbar) Shamrock FC: Midwest Fightfest May 11, 2007 1 1:53 Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 1–0 Courtney Martel Technical Submission (triangle choke) ISFC Midwest Fightfest October 27, 2006 1 0:44 Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Legal career

Davids started her legal career at SNR Denton in 2010.

In 2016, she was a White House Fellow in the Department of Transportation. This was during the change between the Barack Obama and Trump administrations.

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

In the 2018 election, Davids ran for the United States House of Representatives in Kansas's 3rd congressional district. In the August primary election, she defeated fellow Democrat Brent Welder (who was endorsed by Bernie Sanders). She won 37% of the vote; Welder won 34% of the vote. She faced incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder in the November 6, 2018 general election.

Davids defeated Yoder. She and fellow Democrat Deb Haaland of New Mexico, a Laguna Pueblo, are the first Native American women in Congress.

Committee assignments

  • Committee on Small Business
    • Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access
    • Subcommittee on Innovation and Workforce Development
  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Aviation
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

Caucus memberships

  • Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus (Co-Chair)
  • Congressional Native American Caucus (Vice Chair)
  • New Democrat Coalition

Electoral history

Kansas's 3rd Congressional District Democratic Primary (2018)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Sharice Davids 23,066 37.3
Democrat Brent Welder 20,904 33.8
Democrat Tom Niermann 8,844 14.3
Democrat Mike McCamon 4,278 6.9
Democrat Sylvia Williams 2,906 4.7
Democrat Jay Sidie 1,762 2.9
Total votes 61,760 100
Kansas's 3rd Congressional District Election (2018)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democrat Sharice Davids 164,253 53.3
Republican Kevin Yoder (incumbent) 136,104 44.2
Libertarian Chris Clemmons 7,643 2.5
Total votes 343,113 100
Democrat gain from Republican


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