Rep. Monique D. Davis Biography

Rep. Monique D. Davis

Monique D. Davis was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 19, 1936. She earned her bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Chicago State University. Davis got involved in the campaign of former Congressman Gus Savage, the late Mayor Harold Washington and former Representative Monique Faith Steward. She successfully ran and was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1986.

As a member of the House of Representatives, she has brought home resources to her district such as funding to add an addition to the Vivian Harsh Collection Building to the Carter G. Woodson Library. She has worked to bring funding to address the HIV health crises in the African-American community, increase funding of over $400 million for the elementary secondary schools in Illinois, saved City Colleges with an addition of over $16 million for 2004 and 2005, brought funding for Brainerd and Wrightwood Libraries, and fought for funding for the Financial Outreach Center and other infrastructure enhancements at Chicago State University.

Davis is also credited for passing laws that prevents the selling of drug paraphernalia, videotaped confessions for capital cases, video taped interrogations, racial profiling study, and changed the required testing before students teach in Illinois in order to allow students opportunities in the field of teaching. As an educator, Davis is persistent in fighting to equalize state funding for all public school children in Illinois and is a supporter of providing capital dollars to higher education. She also sponsored legislation allowing local school councils the right to make decisions concerning whether students should wear uniforms.

Representative Davis mentors young people by providing them with volunteer opportunities in her legislative office.

She serves as Chairman for Insurance and Banking Committees. Representative Davis is a member of the Higher Education Appropriations Committee and a member of the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.