Legislation # 07-0574 Enactment Number none
Type Ceremonial Item Effective Date none
Introduction Date 10/24/2007
Title Resolution In Memory of Jo Ann Davis
Legislation History 07-0574
DateNotice Of ActionDescription
10/24/2007 Adopted - presented by Councilman Sapp to Mr. Chuck Davis.
10/12/2007 Received By Clerk's Office
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City of Hampton, Virginia

Ceremonial Item

22 Lincoln Street

Hampton, VA 23669



File Number: 07-0574


Enactment Number: -


Resolution In Memory of Jo Ann Davis



WHEREAS, Jo Ann Davis was born in Rowan County, North Carolina in 1950, but she moved to Virginia at the age of nine; and


WHEREAS, the daughter of a Hampton city bus driver, Jo Ann Davis, was a self-described country gal who loved horses and the natural habitat surrounding her home in Gloucester; and


WHEREAS, Jo Ann Davis attended Hampton Roads Business College, got her real estate license in 1984, her real estate brokers license four years later, and then opened Jo Ann Davis Realty in 1990; and


WHEREAS, Jo Ann Davis was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1997 and was re-elected in 1999; and


WHEREAS, in 2000, 1st District Congressman Herbert H. Bateman announced his retirement due to health concerns; he died on September 11, 2000; and


WHEREAS, Jo Ann Davis ran for and won the Republican nomination to succeed him; then, she proceeded to receive 58% of the vote to take the seat in the November 2000 election; and


WHEREAS, District 1 stretches from Prince William County to the Hampton Roads area, with much of its population in the cities of Hampton and Newport News; and


WHEREAS, Jo Ann Davis was the first Republican woman elected to the House of Representatives from the Commonwealth of Virginia and was re-elected, unopposed, in 2002 and 2006; and


WHEREAS, in 2006, she won a fourth term against a Democrat opponent; and


WHEREAS, Jo Ann Davis was a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee and had been the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Subcommittee on Intelligence Policy; and


WHEREAS, a strong advocate for men and women in uniform and federal employees, her first piece of legislation, the SGLI Adjustment Act, passed by the House in 2001, increased the Servicemembers Group Life Insurance benefits paid to survivors of military members killed on active duty; and


WHEREAS, Congresswoman Davis moved through legislation to correct pension shortfalls for injured federal employees; and


WHEREAS, national security and shipbuilding are essential to the health of the 1st District, and during her tenure, Jo Ann Davis worked for the construction of the Navys next generation aircraft carrier, CVN-21, and co-founded the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, an advisory task force of lawmakers who work to expand the Navys dwindling fleet; and


WHEREAS, she had frequent success in fighting for legislation to benefit district military installations and employers such as Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding and NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton; and


WHEREAS, Jo Ann Davis made the removal of environmentally hazardous obsolete ships from the James River Reserve Fleet, known as the Ghost Fleet, and the regulation of the amount of trash coming into Virginia from other states priorities during her years of service to the 1st District; and


WHEREAS, Congresswoman Davis, known for her integrity and strength of moral character, inspired Virginians as she battled breast cancer, continuing to serve the Commonwealth after the original diagnosis was made; and


WHEREAS, Jo Ann Davis, a deeply religious woman, was strongly conservative, especially on social issues, and she relied on her faith as she battled cancer; and


WHEREAS, Jo Ann Davis is survived by her husband of 33 years, Chuck E. Davis, of Gloucester, Virginia, two sons and a granddaughter; and


WHEREAS, Congresswoman Davis, an advocate of tax cuts, believed that Congress should work to strengthen our national defense while holding down spending in other areas, and her low-key unassuming style and dedication appealed to many voters in her district who appreciated her hard work on behalf of local interests;


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Hampton, Virginia, that Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis be, and hereby is, recognized and commended for her dedication to the citizens of Hampton, the 1st District, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be spread upon the minutes of the October 24, 2007 minutes of the City Council of the City of Hampton, Virginia, and that an appropriate copy be signed by the Mayor and attested by the Clerk, and presented to the family of Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis.


Adopted at the regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Hampton, Virginia held on October 24, 2007.




Signed by ____________________________ Date _________________

Ross A. Kearney, II, Mayor





Attested by ____________________________ Date _________________

Katherine K. Glass

Clerk of the Council