Artur Davis

Artur Davis ( born October 9, 1967 in Montgomery, Alabama) is an American politician. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he represented from 2003 to 2011 the 7th Congressional District of the State of Alabama for the Democratic Party and retired after his failed bid back in the Democratic primary for the office of Governor of Alabama from politics. He was considered one of the greatest talents among African-American politicians of his generation. In 2012 he switched to the Republicans.

Davis is the son of a French teacher and grew up with her and his grandmother on without his divorced mother from the father. In 1986, he completed his education at Jefferson Davis High School from Birmingham. He went from there to Harvard University, where until his graduation, he continued his education in law; at Harvard Law School, he met Barack Obama know.

Subsequently, he was an intern at U.S. Senator Howell Heflin, assistant ( clerk ) of the United States District Court Judge Myron Thompson and worked for the Southern Poverty Law Center, Assistant United States Attorney before he was four years. After several years working as a lawyer Davis began a political career. After two unsuccessful attempts, succeeded Davis 2002 he was elected to the U.S. Congress in the 7th electoral district of Alabama to decide for themselves by the old-established incumbent Earl F. Hilliard, in 1992 the first African-American members of Alabama in the U.S. Congress since the Reconstruction era had been defeated in the democratic primary.

Davis spoke as the first deputy outside of Illinois for the U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama made ​​, became a major media representative ( surrogate ) and increased with the choice on to national acquaintance. 2009 and 2010 he sat as a member of the centrist New Democrat Coalition but by the domestic political prestige projects like Obama's health care reform from and voted as the only member of the Congressional Black Caucus against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

2010 Davis went to the area code of the Democratic Party for the office of Governor of Alabama, and therefore did not stand again for his seat in Congress for election. He failed in the area code and lost the first black politician Alabama support of African Americans, which some observers attributed led that Davis - have turned away from their interests - such as the health care reform. Thereupon, Davis withdrew from politics; in his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives followed him 3 January 2011 Terri Sewell.

Davis came in 2012 again in the headlines when he joined the Republican Party and spoke at the Republican National Convention in favor of presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Since 2008, Davis is married.