Warren Davidson

Warren Earl Davidson (born March 1, 1970) is an American politician and former military officer serving as U.S. Representative for Ohio's 8th Congressional District since 2016. Prior to political office he was an officer in United States Army Special Operations and led his family's manufacturing business. Davidson is a member of the Republican Party.

Warren Davidson
Warren Davidson Congressional Portrait ca2017.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th district
Assumed office
June 7, 2016
Preceded byJohn Boehner
Constituency Ohio
Constituency8th district (2016–present)
Personal details
Born
Warren Earl Davidson

(1970-03-01) March 1, 1970 (age 50)
Sidney, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Lisa Davidson
(m. 1995)
Children2
ResidenceTroy, Ohio, U.S.
EducationUnited States Military Academy (BS)
University of Notre Dame (MBA)
CommitteesHouse Financial Services Committee
Websitedavidson.house.gov
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1988-2000
RankUS-O3 insignia.svg Captain

Personal lifeEdit

Davidson was born and raised in Sidney, Ohio, graduating from Sidney High School in 1988.[1]

Davidson met his wife Lisa in 1991 while he was entering West Point and she was serving as a missionary setting up Backyard Bible Clubs for Ohio churches. They married in 1995 and have two children.[1] They reside in Troy, Ohio.[2]

Military careerEdit

AssignmentsEdit

Davidson enlisted in the Army after graduating high school in 1988. After training, he was stationed in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division, during which time he witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall. Soon after he received an opportunity to attend the United States Military Academy, graduating in 1995. He left with an officers' commission and a degree in American history, minoring in mechanical engineering. After West Point, he went to Army Ranger School and ROP indoctrination in 1996, subsequently spending time in the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, 101st Airborne Division and The Old Guard.[3] He retired honorably from the Army in 2000.[3][1]

He returned to serve in a new capacity at his alma mater when he was appointed to the 2020 United States Military Academy Board of Visitors.[4]

Awards and decorationsEdit

Expert Infantryman Badge[5]

Army Ranger Tab[5]

Post-military careerEdit

Upon retirement from the Army, Davidson attended the University of Notre Dame for his MBA.[1]

After graduate school Davidson returned to Ohio to help his father run the family business, West Troy Tool & Machine. Davidson purchased the business from his father in 2005 and transformed it from a small batch machining and fabricating business into a high volume contract fabrication and injection molding manufacturer.[6] In 2014 Davidson and a business partner combined West Troy with another manufacturing group called RK Metals, with Davidson becoming managing director of RK Metals and president of West Troy.[6][7] They renamed the combined business Integral Manufacturing in 2015.[6] Davidson ceased affiliation with the company upon taking office in 2016, but continues to percentage lease facilities to Integral and a neighboring company.[1][2][6][8]

During his time in manufacturing, Davidson served as Chairman of the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association, an industry trade group.[2]

From 2004 to 2005, Davidson served on the Concord Township, Ohio, Board of Trustees.[2][9][10]

United States House of RepresentativesEdit

ElectionsEdit

2016Edit

Following the resignation of Rep. John Boehner from the U.S. House of Representatives, Davidson ran in a special election to succeed him, recruited heavily by fellow Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan.[9] Davidson won the 15-way primary, all but guaranteeing his victory in the heavily Republican district's special election on June 7, 2016.[11][12] He was sworn in on June 9, 2016.[13][14] Upon election, Davidson was immediately asked to join the House Freedom Caucus, an invitation which he accepted from the group instrumental in pushing his predecessor to resign his seat.[9]

2018Edit

Davidson defeated Democrat Vanessa Enoch 66.6 to 33.4% in the 2018 elections.[15]

2020Edit

Davidson is running for reelection in 2020 again challenged by Democrat Vanessa Enoch.[16][17]

TenureEdit

 
Warren Davidson speaking with attendees at the 2019 Teen Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA.

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit

Political PositionsEdit

AbortionEdit

Davidson is staunchly anti-abortion except to save the life of the mother. On August 12, 2020, Davidson and Senator Mike Braun co-wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin urging him to direct the IRS not to treat premiums for health insurance which covers abortions as medical care, stating "in all but the most extreme circumstances, abortion is an elective procedure."[1]

CryptocurrenciesEdit

Representative Davidson is one of the most prominent members of Congress on the issue of cryptocurrencies, discussing various coins, particularly Bitcoin, on the floor of the House, and has been described as a "vocal advocate of the industry outside the House."[24]

Davidson has proposed the Token Taxonomy Act each of the last several sessions. The bill is designed to normalize cryptocurrencies into the US financial system, and provides for a nontaxable profit margin of $600 annually for cryptocurrency holdings, designed to incentivize use of the sometimes volatile token currencies by eliminating any tax burden on small value changes. The bill also specifies that token based financial systems are not securities.[25]

In July 2019, Davidson referred to Facebook's proposed digital currency LibraCoin as a "shitcoin"[2] during a congressional hearing, in a question to blockchain finance executive Meltem Demirrors.[26] The derisive term is a popular meme[27] in cryptocurrency circles and elicited attention online for its unprecedented use in Congress, and for the Monster Energy Zero Ultra Davidson appeared to be inconspicuously drinking at the time, itself often the subject of a meme called the "Thirty Year Old Boomer."[28]

Economic policyEdit

Davidson cites his manufacturing business experience for guiding his economic policy principles. He is a strong believer in full expensing as a tax incentive stimulus, full expensing would allow businesses to immediately deduct the cost of any capital asset such as long term investments like buildings, machinery, or tooling from their current corporate tax bills.[29]

Foreign policy and the militaryEdit

Rep. Davidson has objected to America's overseas military presence, and the continued wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on numerous occasions.[30]

He favors ending the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq which he describes as "horribly outdated, inadequate for today's War on Terror, and stretched to the point of absurdity.. ..used to support ongoing missions.. ..against enemies, organizations, and nations with little or no connection to 9/11."[31]

He voted against the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 citing among other things "funding for military activity in Afghanistan with no change in strategy or plan to withdraw troops."[32]

HealthcareEdit

Davidson supports Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He has introduced his own legislation called The Patient Fairness Act aimed at expanding coverage via Health Savings Accounts (HSA's). It would expand availability of these tax-advantaged investible financial vehicles to a much larger swath of the population than the current propensity for only high deductible insurance plans to offer such a program. Davidson said he wanted to more than double the maximum investable allowance for the accounts, claiming it will build price transparency for insured patients, develop parity with employer sponsored healthcare, and by making them inheritable assets offer a vehicle to build inter-generational wealth.[33]

Intelligence and surveillance activitiesEdit

Davidson supports curtailing many of the broad signals intelligence permissions granted in the wake of the September 11th attacks which he has described as an "extralegal spying regime" of "vague laws and lax protections"[34][32] He has worked to orchestrate several major attempts to reform the laws in recent years.

The first major attempt at reform came in Davidson's original cosponsorship of H.R. 5675, The Safeguarding Americans' Private Records Act (SAPRA) in January 2020 alongside the notably unusual coalition of Progressive Caucus Democrats like Pramila Jayapal and Freedom Caucus Republicans like Matt Gaetz. The bill aimed at significant reforms including new transparency of FISA Court decisions and ensuring 4th amendment constraints on "tangible things" requests subsequent to the decision in Carpenter v. United States.[35] Efforts stalled however after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) cancelled markup on the bill at the request of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).

Another came during debate over reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), when Davidson worked with Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), to introduce the Lofgren-Davidson Amendment. The amendment was to serve as an outright prohibition on warrantless search of American's internet activities by the Intelligence Community via Section 215 of FISA empowered by the USA FREEDOM Act (aka the Library Records provision).[36] Reauthorization of the soon-to-expire Section 215 concerned a set of provisions known informally as the “business records” power, the “call detail records” authority, the “roving wiretaps” provision, and the never-used “lone wolf” amendment. The new language among other reforms would have constrained these powers by creating an affirmative burden on the government to be absolutely sure the target in question is not a U.S. person prior to obtaining internet records, and make unlawful the incidental collection of U.S. persons data via selection of all web traffic data for a particular video, search query, or webpage.[37] In addition, if an order could result in a U.S. persons' data, it would have been unlawful without a warrant narrowly tailored to a specific subject.[37] It also included a provision to eliminate the lone wolf amendment.[37] The proposal mirrored a companion Senate amendment by Senators Ron Wyden (D-WA) and Steve Daines (R-MT), which had narrowly failed in that body. Davidson said he would support reauthorization of FISA so long as the amendment was included.[36][37]

After Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff (D-CA) made a statement to the New York Times suggesting that the Lofgren-Davidson amendment would not completely eliminate warrantless surveillance, Davidson and original Senate sponsor Ron Wyden quickly abandoned support of the amendment over fears that the agreement reached between Lofgren and Chairman Schiff over the weekend had betrayed much of the intent of the amendment with omissions and loopholes to be interpreted maliciously by the secretive FISA Court.[38][39] Both went on to oppose the amendment and underlying reauthorization bill with Davidson saying "this is Rep. Schiff and intelligence hawks working overtime to protect the surveillance state status quo."[38] The entire bill was later pulled by Speaker Pelosi after the president indicated he would veto and moderate republicans indicated opposition. Barring further action Section 215 powers lie dormant as authority expired March 15, 2020.[40]

After Attorney General William Barr tried to suggest that FISA could be reauthorized with assurances the Justice Department would fix abuses through administrative rulemaking, Davidson pushed back against suggestions that any agency decisions could stand in for crucial legislative reform.[34]

Rep. Davidson cited compromises of "Americans’ privacy in the name of fighting terror" as a reason for his vote against the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021.[32]

WelfareEdit

Davidson favors welfare reform. He has argued that the political sensitivity of being the first mover to modify any social safetynet has a dissuasive effect on reform efforts. To combat this, he has proposed what he calls “welfare BRAC” - (an allusion to the bipartisan Base Realignment And Closure panels which consolidated and reformed US military installations) suggesting a panel of four Republicans and four Democrats to evaluate effectiveness of each welfare program and recommend changes, cuts, or consolidation of the 92 federal programs.[29]

Electoral historyEdit

Ohio's 8th Congressional District special election, 2016[41]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Warren Davidson 21,618 76.76
Democratic Corey Foister 5,937 21.08
Green James J. Condit, Jr. 607 2.16
Total votes 28,236 100.00
Republican hold
Ohio's 8th Congressional District election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Warren Davidson (Incumbent) 223,833 68.76
Democratic Steven Fought 87,794 26.97
Green Derrick James Hendricks 13,879 4.26
Total votes 325,506 100.00
Republican hold

ReferencesEdit

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Preceded by
John Boehner
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