Davis is the second-highest-ranking Democrat on both the House Education and Labor Committee.
In a personal letter to her constituents, Congresswoman Susan A. Davis announced on Tuesday that this is her final term in Congress.
“I have struggled to make this very difficult decision. I will not seek another term in Congress. My decision today represents a desire to live and work ‘at home’ in San Diego,“ she wrote.
Davis, the Dean of the San Diego Congressional Delegation and only San Diego’s second woman to serve in Congress, was first elected to Congress in 2000.
Davis is the second-highest-ranking Democrat on both the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Armed Services Committee having chosen those committees to best represent San Diego’s strong education and military institutions. She serves as the chair of Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee where she focuses on expanding apprenticeships and making college affordable.
Davis has earned a reputation as a thoughtful, deliberative, accessible and hardworking Member of Congress focused on the needs of her constituents. Her office won the highly competitive “Best in Congress” awards from the Congressional Management Foundation for both Constituent Service and Workplace Environment.
During her soon to be 20-year tenure in Congress, Davis influenced many significant pieces of legislation.
She opposed the Iraq War, supported and contributed to the seminal Affordable Care Act, initiated the first hearing on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” as chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee and added many provisions to the national defense bill every year.
She was integral in bringing large projects to San Diego including the San Diego State University Transit Center and the James M. Carter and Judith N. Keep United States Courthouse.
Before serving in Congress, Davis served in the California State Assembly and was President of the San Diego Unified Board of Education.
A former social worker, she first became involved in politics through the League of Women Voters and by being active in her sons’ schools.
Davis made it clear she would finish out her tenth term in Congress with vigor and said she hopes her successor in office “will put public interest above self-interest.”