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#19 – Susan Davis

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Susan Davis is a Democratic politician who currently serves in the US House of Representatives for California’s 53rd Congressional district. She has held this position since 2001.

Davis was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to her parents Dorthy Wexler and George Alpert. Her grandparents were all Russian Jews who had immigrated to the United States.1 She graduated from UC Berkeley, then went on to earn a master’s degree in social work from UNC Chapel Hill. Davis first became politically active in politics through the League of Women voters, becoming president of her local chapter in 1977. She served on San Diego’s school board from 1983 to 1992, during which she served two years as president.2


Davis won her seat in Congress by challenging the Republican incumbent Brian Billbray. That same year after the census her district was redistricted and made more Democratic than before, helping her keep the seat for eight more terms. She marks the first instance in which a Democrat kept their seat for over a term in half a century. The last Democrat to win the district was another Jewish woman, Lynn Schenk.


Davis voted for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, which allowed for American citizens to be detained without trial.3 Davis is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of centrist neoliberal Democrats whose top contributors are the finance, insurance, and real estate industries, collecting $50 million from them between 1989 and 2009.4 She also is a member of Congress’s Pro-Choice Caucus.



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