Representative Rodney Davis's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 13, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 13
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Rodney Davis has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Rodney Davis is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 5% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (
  • "I thank the many colleagues who stood here and stand with me now to rise in support of ensuring that hard-earned taxpayer dollars do not go to private entities that are trafficking in fetal baby parts." (
  • Cosponsored and Voted in favor of H.R.4712 "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" (

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  • "Today, is not about politics or the legacy of Republicans and Democrats. It's about middle-class Americans who have not seen a tax break in more than 30 years, small businesses who continue to be taxed at a much higher rate than large businesses, and it's about bringing back jobs and investments by corporations who have left this country because we have the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world." (
  • "Rodney also believes we must lower taxes for everyone, including small business owners, and reduce red tape and regulations." (

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  • "These meetings only further solidified my view that now is not the time to continue cuts to our national defense […] Our number one priority must be keeping Americans safe and that cannot be done without a strong national defense." (
  • "The bill, negotiated by President Trump and bipartisan leaders in Congress, has many good policies for my constituents, including prioritizing our military and funding a pay increase for our troops […]" (

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  • "I was proud to support this bill because it gives us one of the single largest cuts in mandatory spending that we've seen in this Congress and because it is essential that we pass a new, responsible farm bill that cuts spending, protects the agriculture community, and reforms federal government." (
  • "Today I was proud to vote for a bipartisan bill that makes critical policy changes and provides five years of certainty for Illinois and our local governments. I want to thank Chairman Shuster for his leadership and the work of my all of my colleagues to move this important legislation forward. Congress has a constitutional responsibility to provide for our nation's roads and bridges. We must continue to build on this week's success and use this time to find innovative funding solutions that will support a 21st Century transportation system." (
  • "Our nation is on an unsustainable path. Since the beginning of 2009, wasteful spending like the failed $825 billion stimulus has caused our national debt to increase by nearly $5 trillion and today it stands at over $15.7 trillion -- more than $50,000 for every American. This cannot continue." (
  • Sponsored and voted in favor of HR.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (

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  • "Our tax system is in serious need of reform. U.S. companies currently pay the highest corporate tax rate in the world, making them less likely to invest and create jobs here in America." (
  • "Today, is not about politics or the legacy of Republicans and Democrats. It's about middle-class Americans who have not seen a tax break in more than 30 years, small businesses who continue to be taxed at a much higher rate than large businesses, and it's about bringing back jobs and investments by corporations who have left this country because we have the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (

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  • Voted in favor of HR.5 "Student Success Act" (
  • "Our parents and local educators know what works best for their students and should have the ability to adapt accordingly. This long-awaited bill to reform No Child Left Behind reduces the federal footprint in our schools and puts our local educators back in charge. The Every Student Succeeds Act provides schools with more flexibility, repeals ineffective programs, and allows schools to reduce testing requirements while providing parents with an opportunity to exempt their children from excessive testing." (

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  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance (
  • "Safe, affordable energy is essential to both our national security and our economy, which is why I support an "all of the above" energy policy to properly utilize our renewable fuel capacity, expand domestic production of fossil fuels and improve our efforts at energy efficiency. Oil, coal, the sun, wind, water and natural gas together represent our path to energy independence." (
  • "Renewable sources of energy are also vital to our energy future and independence. The 13th District is home to the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. This research center is the only of its kind in the world and continues to be at the forefront of advancing biofuels research. I stand with the Illinois agriculture community in supporting ethanol and the 1,000 jobs and $4 billion to Illinois' economy that it provides. I also support continuing the development of other sources of renewable energy such as wind, solar and hydro-electric." (

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  • "The hardworking families of Central and Southwestern Illinois have seen first-hand how devastating it can be to our communities and local economies when a coal-fired power plant is forced to close because of rules and regulations coming from Washington. I will continue to vote to rein in the EPA and constant executive overreach that is hampering economic growth and putting American jobs at risk." (
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 'Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " (

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  • "I am an unabashed supporter of our Second Amendment rights." (
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of HR.38 "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017" (

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  • Voted in favor of HR.1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017" (
  • "I have said from the beginning that Obamacare must be repealed. Nothing has changed." (
  • "I'm extremely disappointed and frustrated by the Senate's failure to advance the process to repeal and replace Obamacare. Every vote against going to a conference committee so we could find a way to help those struggling under Obamacare was a vote to keep the status quo." (

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  • "We have to make our border secure." (
  • "You see many cases where the border is not secure, where drug cartels are coming through private property. […] I just am proud that you are willing to stand up and talk about the issues that matter most to this debate, and that is how we secure our borders, because once we do, we can fix our broken immigration system." (

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  • "President Trump has urged Congress to find a permanent solution to DACA recipients - people who were brought here illegally as children through no fault of their own - and I believe the House should act now, rather than later, on his request." (
  • Signed a letter stating, "President Obama's plan to ignore the Constitution and circumvent Congress is a lawless move that will ultimately do much more harm than good. We believe Congress should take the lead on immigration reform, securing our borders, improving the visa system and addressing the many layers of our broken system. This temporary measure will only spark chaos and create major problems both now and in the future." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (
  • "I truly believe that anybody who is willing to fight for our country and came here through no fault of their own as a child ought to be given a special place in line to legally become an American citizen." (

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  • Rated 91% by Americans for Safe Access (
  • "He has cast several votes in favor of the use of medical marijuana. In May, for instance, Davis voted to allow the Veterans Health Administration to counsel patients to use marijuana […]" (

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  • "Preventing North Korea from acquiring a nuclear weapon must be our top priority […]" (
  • "Any time a foreign entity threatens our sovereignty, we must have a measurable response. Any time the largest state sponsor of terror threatens our greatest ally in the Middle East and repeatedly breaks a deal between our two countries, we must have a measurable response. Any time a country threatens us with continued ballistic missile tests, we must have a measurable response," said Davis. "This bill allows for this measurable response by putting economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran, North Korea, and Russia to signal to the world that the U.S. will not stand idly by as these aggressors continue to threaten our national security." (
  • "With recent escalations by North Korea, building up this defense is more important than ever." (

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  • "A number of actions outlined by the President tonight are actions that I would support in order achieve these objectives, including increasing the number of air strikes on ISIL in both Iraq and Syria, ensuring the Iraqi government is stabilized and building a coalition of nations to unite against an enemy of freedom and in the name of humanity." (
  • "The House will continue to pass laws to responsibly strengthen our national security but only our commander in chief can provide the leadership necessary to destroy ISIS. We need a comprehensive strategy to defeat these terrorists who seek to harm Americans." (


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Illinois State Legislative Election 1996 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or if the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xe) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Xf) Illinois government funding should not be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action in Illinois.

a) Illinois government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sector.
Xb) Illinois government should provide no affirmative action programs.
c) Amend the Minority and Female Business Enterprise Act to assist business owners in obtaining state contracts.
d) Illinois government should add sexual orientation to Illinois' anti-discrimination laws.
Xe) Illinois government should not add sexual orientation to Illinois' anti-discrimination laws.
f) Do you believe that Illinois government should recognize same-sex marriages?

Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of funding for the following categories. Select one number only.

Eliminatea) Abortion
Eliminateb) Affirmative Action
Slightly Increasec) Agriculture
Greatly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Greatly Increasef) Health Care
Greatly Increaseg) Law Enforcement
Greatly Decreaseh) Welfare

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address child and family-related issues in Illinois.

a) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
d) Reduce child abuse and neglect by providing state funding to combat poverty.
Xe) Reduce child abuse and neglect by placing abused or neglected children in orphanages.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in Illinois.

Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
Xc) Continue to enforce "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve their full sentences without parole.
Xd) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenses.
Xg) Require mandatory life sentences for third-time, violent felons.
Xh) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
Xi) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentence.
j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
Xl) Implement chain gangs, in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.
Xm) Limit the number of appeals allowed for inmates on death row.
Xn) Implement "enterprise zones" in high crime communities to promote job-creating industries in those areas.
Xo) Support laws requiring restitution to crime victims at the personal expense of the criminal.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in Illinois.

Xa) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious, violent crimes as adults.
Xb) Provide state funding for military-style "boot-camps" for first-time juvenile felons.
c) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
d) Support state funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
Xe) Impose mandatory curfews for minors in high crime areas.
f) Allow courts to hold parents accountable for a minor child who possesses a firearm.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Illinois' economic development.

Xa) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, including major roadways, railways and airports.
Xb) Provide low-interest loans and tax credits for expanding, start-up or relocating businesses.
c) Expand legalized gambling (e.g. slot machines, video gambling).
Xd) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
Xe) Remove state governmental controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits, production, and interest rates.
Xf) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xg) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.
Xh) Initiate cost/benefit analysis of all Illinois laws and regulations to determine their economic impact.
i) Fund construction of a third metropolitan airport in the Chicago area.
Xj) Change the current Workers' Compensation Law by limiting the amount of damages for which a business may be liable to employees.
k) Support the use of state funding for the construction of sports stadiums and arenas in Illinois.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Illinois' education system.

a) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
b) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
Xc) Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
Xd) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
Xe) Support "charter schools" where teachers/professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
f) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state public schools.
Xg) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
h) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
i) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
j) Fund public school education in Illinois by increasing state income taxes and decreasing local property taxes.
Xk) Provide state funding for programs which increase Illinois students' access to the Internet and other telecommunications networks.
l) Increase state funding for school security (e.g. metal detectors, truancy officers).
m) Amend the Illinois Constitution to allow the state to fund at least 50% of costs related to Illinois public schools.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Illinois' environment and natural resources.

a) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner burning fuels throughout Illinois.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates immunity incentives for polluting industries to clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis on the economic impact of any environmental regulation before it is implemented.
Xd) Require the state to reimburse citizens when state-sponsored environmental regulations limit use of privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Illinois.
Xf) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend Illinois' participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
h) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal regulations.
Xi) Support "right to know" information being made available to communities exposed to hazardous substances.
j) Support continuing Illinois' status as a host state for commercial low-level radioactive waste disposal.
Xk) Oppose continuing Illinois' status as a host state for commercial low-level radioactive waste disposal.

a) Would you support amending the Illinois Constitution to limit the terms of the following Illinois officials?

Yes1) State Senators and Representatives
Yes2) Governors
Yesb) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Yesc) Do you support requiring limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesd) Do you support requiring limits on PAC contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yese) Do you support requiring limits on corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesg) Do you support imposing spending limits on political campaigns?
Noh) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Support expanding the nationwide ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possessing firearms.
Xd) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of a firearm.
Xe) Repeal all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms.
Xf) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms that are legally owned and registered.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Illinois' health care system.

Xa) Expand funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
Xb) Provide tax incentives to small businesses which provide health care to their employees.
c) Ensure that Illinois citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
d) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xe) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
f) Convert Illinois' Medicaid program to a system of Medicaid-funded managed health care.
g) Continue tax on Illinois hospitals and nursing homes to help fund health care for the poor.
h) Support programs in schools and workplaces which provide Illinois residents with AIDS/HIV prevention information.
Xi) Support legislation requiring health insurance providers to provide certain medical services (e.g. coverage for a 2 day hospital stay after childbirth).
Xj) Enact legislation which allows citizens and small employers to pool their health insurance purchasing power.
Xk) Enact legislation which assures Illinois workers will have portable health insurance if they lose their jobs.

Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning Illinois' tax levels for the following categories.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol Taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Business Taxes
Eliminatec) Capital Gains
Maintain Statusd) Income Taxes (incomes less than $75,000)
Maintain Statuse) Income Taxes (incomes greater than $75,000)
Greatly Decreasef) Property Taxes
Maintain Statusg) Sales Taxes
Maintain Statush) State Fees
Yesi) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
Yesj) Do you support expanding property tax caps to all Illinois counties?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Illinois' welfare system.

a) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
Xb) Allow welfare recipients to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care (if needed) until they become self-sufficient.
Xc) Require that able-bodied welfare recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
Xd) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive benefits.
Xe) Limit the benefits given to welfare recipients if they have additional children.
f) Provide two-parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as one-parent families.
Xg) Eliminate government funded welfare and advocate privately funded assistance to people in need.
Xh) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
Xi) Require mothers age 18 and under to complete high school through mandatory "Learnfare" program.
Xj) Continue "Earnfare" as a voluntary program in which food stamps recipients work to earn money and pay off food stamps.
Xk) Make "Earnfare" a mandatory program for parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered support.
Xl) Require mothers to identify their child(ren)'s father in order to receive welfare benefits.
Xm) AFDC benefits for families with children in grades 1-6 should be tied to these children's attendance in school.
Explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected to the Illinois State Legislature. If any of your priorities will require additional government funding, explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.

I will develop a jobs plan to attract job opportunities and promote economic growth, creating a district with an attractive and prosperous business climate. I intend to be available 24 hours a day, and hold regular meetings throughout the district with local leaders and citizens.

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