Artur Davis is a former four-term Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama and a current fellow at Harvard’s prestigious Institute of Politics. Despite today’s hyper-partisan environment, Davis has made a career of advocating for the ever-narrowing political middle. Davis has never been afraid to challenge the left or the right – whether questioning liberals on Occupy Wall Street and voter ID laws or conservatives on the influence of big money in politics.
Davis represented the Seventh District of Alabama as a Democrat from 2003 to 2010. He was viewed as a rising star in the House, assuming positions of influence including a seat on the Ways and Means Committee, recruitment chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the 2008 cycle and co-chairman of the New Democrat Coalition. In 2008, Esquire Magazine named him one of the 10 Best Congressmen in America.
In 2010, Davis was defeated in a shocking upset in the Democratic primary in his bid to become the first black elected governor in the Deep South. In 2012, he announced that he had become a Republican and was backing Mitt Romney for president.
Davis is now a columnist and commentator across a wide media spectrum. He’s a contributor to Politico’s Arena, the National Review Online, the blog The Recovering Politician and has appeared as a guest analyst on MSNBC, CNBC and the Fox Business Network.
Davis, a 1990 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University and a 1993 cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, is a licensed attorney in Washington, D.C. He previously served as a federal prosecutor with a near 100 percent trial-conviction record and as a partner at the law firm SNR Denton LLP.
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