Davis learning about local area

By GARY HENRY ghenry@prairiepress.net
Posted 4/25/22

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-13th District) spent time in Edgar County Monday, April 18, meeting with Paris community leaders and visiting the Chrisman High School.

Due to redistricting following the 2020 …

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Rep. Rodney Davis (R-13th District) spent time in Edgar County Monday, April 18, meeting with Paris community leaders and visiting the Chrisman High School.

Due to redistricting following the 2020 Census, Davis now lives in the 15th District, which includes Edgar County. He is seeking re-election to Congress to represent the 15th District.

“It (Edgar County) will be a new county to represent, but it’s close to the counties I already represent, and the people are familiar,” said Davis.

He explained the purpose of the meeting with local leaders is to find out what is going right in the community and what he can do as a member of Congress to leverage on that success.

According to Davis, Paris has much to be proud of regarding the industry located here and that it continues to have jobs available though multiple employers. He said other communities he currently represents face a much different situation.

“My experience in Congress is working on infrastructure, jobs and setting transportation policy,” he said. “If local businesses are having problems filling jobs because of licensing requirements, I need to see what can be changed to help.”

Davis is completing his 10th year in Congress and wants another two-year term.

He said an important issue for the next Congress is rebuilding its oversight responsibility and calling administration officials in to explain what is being done to address inflation.

Improving life for rural Americans and their businesses with better access to broadband internet is a concern.

While he does not want the federal government competing with successful internet companies, he does want accountability from those companies that took federal money for rural broadband development and failed to deliver.

“In the last Farm Bill, I introduced a provision for the government to claw back that money,” said Davis.

Using his hometown of Taylorville as an example, Davis said that community has three broadband providers, with one of them working on taking broad band out into the rural areas.

His concern is for what he calls the last mile that providers are ignoring as the appropriate area for federal involvement.

“What we did for electrification and telephones, we need to do for broadband, but we need to have good policy,” said Davis.

He described his role as a congressman as both rewarding and frustrating.

“I’ve never seen Washington so polarized,” said Davis, adding he believes voters in Edgar County want the conservative positions he represents, but Congress still needs to govern in a republican way.