The Honorable Tom Davis
The Honorable Tom Davis
U.S. Congressman, 1995-2008; Former Chair, House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight; Leading Political Commentator and Strategist
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When the Honorable Tom Davis was in Congress, there was a saying that "Tom knew more about the political history and precincts of other Members' congressional districts than they did." Davis' political genius and track record of leading the effort to expand his party's majority in Congress in two election cycles represent a fraction of his appeal to anyone who has listened to him. As Chairman of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Davis had jurisdiction on how every element of the government is to function, in addition to the government contracting process for private enterprise. Davis is an expert on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka "The Stimulus Bill") and the opportunities that exist for the private sector.
With his background as an information technology executive, Davis was at the tip of the spear in Congress in educating his colleagues and the Administration about the new economy. From his experience in local politics to the halls of Congress, Tom Davis never wavered in his goal to be a true independent voice and work with all sides and interests to get things done.
- Dueling Gurus: Davis, Frost and the Battle for the 2012 Elections
- Government Procurement in the Post-Stimulus World
- Politics & Elections: Past, Present, & Future
- Government's Relationship to the IT Industry
- Healthcare Reform and its Political Realities
ABOUT The Honorable Tom Davis (+/-)
Leading the Path to Growth
Tom Davis was first elected to public office in 1979 as a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. In a county with a budget equal to that of a small state, Davis played a key leadership role in attracting new business to the region and growing Northern Virginia into what it has become today - a beacon for the information technology and government contracting industries.
Providing Innovative Solutions to Complex Issues
In 1994, Davis successfully ran for the U.S. Congress and for the next 14 years, built an extremely strong resume during his seven terms there. Throughout his tenure, Davis was widely recognized as a skilled and effective legislator - attributable to his independent position on issues, his unique ability to work with both sides of the aisle, and his experience in local government. He also drew on his past private sector experience as General Counsel of Litton PRC to establish a well-deserved reputation for expertise on procurement and information technology issues.
Producing Effective Reform for the Public and Private Sector
In 2003, Davis was named Chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform & Oversight, gaining national prominence by chairing hearings on the use of performance-enhancing substances in professional sports, in addition to overseeing investigations and reports on the federal response to Hurricane Katrina and government contracting in Iraq. Davis currently sits as Director of Federal Government Affairs for Deloitte LLP in Washington, DC, where he continues his effort to bring effective, common-sense solutions to government.
SPEAKER TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS (+/-)
The most influential congressional handicappers on today’s political landscape, former Congressmen Martin Frost (D-TX) and Tom Davis (R-VA) offer unparalleled perspective, astute analysis and exceptional insight on the 2012 Congressional and Presidential elections. Drawing from their first-hand experience on the front lines as party campaign chairs as well as distinguished political leaders, this dynamic duo possesses a level of knowledge and practical political experience that is unsurpassed and extraordinary. Enlightening, entertaining, and engaging, Davis and Frost go beyond the hype to help audiences discern the true drivers of the candidates, their campaigns and the impact on families, communities, and business now and in the future.
Interesting times call for interesting people. With over 95% of the government's stimulus money unspent, government contractors want to understand the playing field in this post-stimulus world. Tom Davis understands this world because he oversaw this world as Chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform & Oversight. In addition to providing a clear explanation of how this money will make its way to projects, he can provide insight into the rules and guidelines that accompany these opportunities.
The political landscape in this country is ever-changing. Understanding the reasons for election results as well as handicapping the future is a skill set that is hard to come by. The political genius of Tom Davis is well documented inside the beltway and around the world. The top political pundits in the media will regularly contact him for his thoughts before going on the air. When Tom Davis speaks on this subject, audiences leave with insights, knowledge, and analysis that is unparalleled.
There is an anxiety in the private sector that the federal government will be intrusive and look to regulate an industry that appears to be gaining momentum. That was certainly the case when the information technology industry came on to the scene. The fact is that the "new economy" is a fast moving train and if policymakers don't understand that industry, they will miss that train or try to get in its way. While in Congress, Tom Davis was one of a handful of members who helped educate his colleagues who didn't represent many IT companies in their districts. He helped them get on this train forcing them to understand that this industry will continue to lead us into the future. Tom continues speak loudly about the type of relationship that government needs to have with this industry.
The American people and their elected officials can agree on one thing: our healthcare system is in desperate need of reform. Therefore, what are the political realities that stand as obstacles to reform?
Tom Davis explains the current partisan gridlock that has consumed healthcare reform. He exposes the political infighting that currently exists within the interest groups and details how partisan coalitions allow a political party to go only so far without jeopardizing their coalition. Davis highlights the proposed reform policies that have sparked this debate and drive these interest groups. And he uses the current budget crisis as a backdrop for discussing the new expenditures required by these policies.
What is the political cost of failure to any administration that spends a significant amount of political capital trying to enact reform? What is success and how will voters judge it? Davis calls on his experience as a House Committee Chairman, a Party Campaign Chairman, and a congressman who was re-elected seven times in a "swing" district to provide insightful answers to these questions.