Former Rep. Artur Davis looks at Virginia congressional seat

Share

WASHINGTON – Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama may run for Congress as a Republican in northern Virginia after a veteran GOP congressman announced his retirement on Tuesday.
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., will not seek an 18th term representing Washington’s outer suburbs.
Davis did not rule out campaigning for the open seat in 2014.
“I will monitor the field that develops in the next several weeks in the hope that a responsible center-right candidate will emerge, one who gives Republicans a chance to keep this district and who will represent the best of the Virginia Republican Party,” he said in a statement Tuesday.
Davis, 46, was Alabama’s 7th District congressman for eight years and was an early and vocal backer of President Barack Obama’s candidacy. But after he lost his bid for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010, he moved to Virginia, switched to the Republican Party and campaigned for Mitt Romney for president in 2012.
Davis had lived in Arlington but recently moved to Sterling, which is in Wolf’s district and is home to Washington Dulles International Airport.
“Today should be an occasion to reflect on Frank Wolf’s service and his leadership on issues from veterans to national security, and the brave compassion he demonstrated in casting votes on food stamps and immigration that reflect that conservatism can have a heart,” Davis said.
The district is home to some of the nation’s largest defense contractors and many active-duty and retired military service members.
After leaving Congress, Davis worked at a law firm and was a fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics in the spring of 2012.
He is currently on the board of directors for Huntingdon Ingalls Industries, which builds ships for the military. Davis said he also makes regular speeches and television appearances.

Contact Mary Orndorff Troyan at mtroyan@usatoday.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>