Tom Davis

Fall 2018 Resident Fellow

Former Republican congressman from Virginia and chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee

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Tom Davis (R-VA) was first elected to office in 1979, winning a hard-fought campaign to represent Mason District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. This would be the first of 12 straight victories, a winning streak spanning three decades.

In 1991, after spending 12 years as a County supervisor, Tom defeated the incumbent chairman of the County board, taking the top elected office in Fairfax County, Virginia. Despite a severe economic downturn and a county budget deep in the red, Tom was able to implement a number of reforms that resulted in Fairfax being named the best managed county in the country by Governing Magazine.  

In 1994, Tom successfully took on another incumbent, this time winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to represent the 11th Congressional District of Virginia. He was the first freshman in 50 years to be given a subcommittee chairmanship, taking the gavel of the Subcommittee on the District of Columbia. 

Tom previously served as Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of PRC, Inc. and Advanced Technology, Inc. 

After the 2002 election, he was named chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform, gaining national prominence once again by chairing hearings on the use of performance enhancing substances in professional sports.  The Committee has exclusive jurisdiction over two USPS. Other notable accomplishments include his hard-hitting but objective report on the federal response to Hurricane Katrina; his sponsorship of legislation giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco; and passage of the National Capital Transportation Amendments Act, which authorizes much needed capital reinvestment in the Washington Metro system, and reforms of the Postal System.

He currently serves on the Boards of the Partnership for Public Service, is Rector at George Mason University and is President of the Federal City Council, a Washington D.C. Business organization. 

Tom is a cum laude graduate of Amherst College and earned a JD degree at the University of Virginia Law School. He is married to Jeannemarie Devolites Davis.

Tom now serves as a Director for Deloitte & Touche in which he continues his effort to bring effective, common sense solutions to government.