A dedicated community leader standing up for Kansas working families
Rep. Sharice Davids ran for reelection to continue fighting for Kansans in Congress. She was raised by her single mother, who is a U.S. Army veteran, in Leavenworth and learned the value of hard work and service from a young age. As a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, Rep. Davids made history in 2018 as one of the first Native American women elected to Congress. She studied business administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and received her law degree from Cornell Law School. She worked for a law firm in Kansas City on issues including economic development for Native American tribes. She then went on to live and work on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She served as a White House Fellow during the final year of the Obama administration. Rep. Davids has competed in mixed martial arts tournaments, fighting both professionally and as an amateur, and is the author of Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman, a picture book autobiography sharing her story with children. Rep. Davids is also the first openly LGBTQ+ member of the Kansas congressional delegation and the first Democratic woman to represent the 3rd Congressional District.
A champion for expanding economic opportunity
Rep. Davids ran for reelection to Congress to expand economic opportunity for Kansas working families. She is working tirelessly to address the pain the COVID-19 has caused in Kansas and across the country, and she successfully advocated for legislation to ramp up vaccine and PPE production, put money directly in the pockets of Kansans, expand unemployment insurance to avert a gap in services, get aid to state and local governments to keep teachers and firefighters on the payroll, and help cover the cost of Kansas expanding Medicaid. Rep. Davids is the first woman to serve as vice chair of the Transportation Committee. “I am proud that our committee looks more like the people it serves than ever before,” she has said, “because everyone deserves transportation they can rely on and infrastructure that keeps them healthy, safe, and empowered.” As someone who’s still paying off student loans herself, Rep. Davids is determined to make higher education more affordable for others. “As a woman and a Native American, I know how to stand up and fight for equity,” she has said. “As a lawyer, economic advisor, and advocate, I know how to build consensus and get things done.”
Victory in a must-win reelection fight
Rep. Davids flipped this seat from red to blue in 2018 and successfully defended it in 2020, and again in 2022. We showed Rep. Davids the full support of the EMILY’s List community and helped keep this champion for Kansas working families in the House.