Rep. Don Davis recited his oath of office as the 118th Congress convened early Saturday, ending a weeklong stalemate after incoming members burned the midnight oil to elect a new House speaker.
“It is the honor of my lifetime to serve in Congress and represent the great people of North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District,” Davis said in a statement released by Communications Director D’Andre Henderson. “I stand ready to work in a bipartisan manner to get things done — to provide fast and fair solutions to the challenges facing our residents.”
Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California claimed the gavel on the 15th roll call, marking the first time in a century that the speaker wasn’t elected on the first ballot. McCarthy mended a rift in the five-member Republican majority by agreeing to support House rule changes and promising key committee assignments to members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who initially opposed his speakership.
Davis backed Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., in each round of the speaker election as Democrats sought to take advantage of the GOP impasse. Jeffries will serve as House minority leader.
“I am pleased that we elected a speaker so that we can start legislating and tackling the critical issues facing NC-01’s families,” Davis said. “Everything that I do will be informed by the needs of eastern North Carolina. I will work tirelessly to ensure access to affordable health care, fight for our rural communities and farmers, honor our veterans and military families and strengthen our local economy.”
An Air Force veteran and ordained minister who became Snow Hill’s youngest mayor before serving six terms in the N.C. Senate, Davis succeeds Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson, as the 1st District’s congressman. Butterfield resigned Dec. 30 to start work as a senior adviser for McGuireWoods Consulting in Washington.
Staffers released a portrait of Davis standing beside the nameplate outside his Washington office, located at 1123 Longworth House Office Building. His congressional website is dondavis.house.gov.
Constituents can contact Davis by calling 202-225-3101, writing to him at 1123 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515 or sending an electronic message through the contact form on his website, which is available at the shortened link bit.ly/3QBWzPb.