|Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Kansas's 3rd district
January 3, 2019
|Born||May 22, 1980|
|Education||Haskell Indian Nations University|
University of Kansas
Johnson County Community College
University of Missouri–Kansas City (BA)
Cornell University (JD)
Sharice Davids (born May 22, 1980) is an American attorney and politician from the state of Kansas. She is the member-elect for the United States House of Representatives for Kansas's 3rd congressional district. A UMKC and Cornell-educated lawyer, Davids also was a professional mixed martial artist in the 2010s.
Early life and education
Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk nation. Her maternal grandfather, Fredrick J. Davids, a 30-year Army veteran, was born into the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans, in Oneida, Wisconsin. Sharice was raised by Fredrick's daughter, Crystal Herriage, a single mother who served in the U.S. Army. Davids attended Leavenworth High School, Haskell Indian Nations University, University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, and University of Missouri–Kansas City, graduating from the latter with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 2007. Davids earned her Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in 2010.
Mixed martial arts career
Davids began fighting mixed martial arts as an amateur in 2006, and went professional in 2013. She had a 5–1 win–loss record as an amateur and a 1–1 record as a professional. She tried out for The Ultimate Fighter but did not make it onto the show, allowing her to shift her focus away from MMA.
|Loss||1–1||Rosa Acevedo||Decision (unanimous)||LCS 18||March 1, 2014||3||5:00||Torrington, Wyoming, United States|
|Win||1–0||Nadia Nixon||Submission (triangle choke)||Shamrock FC - Conquest||November 1, 2013||1||2:08||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||5–1||Heather Rafferty||Decision (unanimous)||Pride & Pain MMA||October 20, 2012||3||3:00||Hot Springs, South Dakota, United States|
|Win||4–1||Chandra Engel||Submission (triangle choke)||Ultimate Blue Corner Battles||January 27, 2012||1||2:36||North Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||3–1||Ronni Nanney||TKO (knee & punch)||Ultimate Blue Corner Battles||April 1, 2011||3||3:00||North Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||2–1||Stacia Hoss||TKO (knee & punch)||Ultimate Blue Corner Battles||August 27, 2010||1||0:27||North Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Erin Reynolds||Submission (armbar)||Shamrock FC: Midwest Fightfest||May 11, 2007||1||1:53||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||1–0||Courtney Martel||Technical Submission (triangle choke)||ISFC Midwest Fightfest||October 27, 2006||1||0:44||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
Davids began her legal career at SNR Denton in 2010. She later directed community and economic development for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and opened her own business, Hoka Coffee. In 2016, she worked as a White House Fellow in the Department of Transportation during the transition between the Obama and Trump administrations.
In the 2018 elections, Davids ran for the United States House of Representatives in Kansas's 3rd congressional district. She defeated Brent Welder, who had been endorsed by Bernie Sanders, by a margin of 37% to 34% in the August primary election. Davids defeated incumbent Republican Kevin Yoder in the November 6, 2018, general election. This made her the first openly gay Native American in Congress, the first openly LGBTQ member of the Kansas congressional delegation, the first openly gay person representing Kansas on the federal level. Along with Deb Haaland, she was also one of the first Native American women in Congress.
A direct Facebook message sent by Michael Kalny, a former GOP precinct committeeman, to Anne Pritchett, president of the Johnson County Democratic Women’s north chapter, that included the statement "Your radical socialist kick boxing lesbian Indian will be sent back packing to the reservation!" attracted controversy. Kalny was widely condemned for the message, and in the aftermath, he resigned his post (the lowest-level, party elective office).
|Republican||Kevin Yoder (incumbent)||136,104||44.2|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
- List of LGBT members of the United States Congress
- List of Native Americans in the United States Congress
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- Cummings, William (November 10, 2018). "Kansas Republican vows to send 'lesbian Indian' Democrat back 'to the reservation'". USA Today. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
- Woodall, Hunter; Horsley, Lynn (October 10, 2018). "GOP official resigns after saying Sharice Davids would be sent back to reservation". Kansas City Star. Retrieved November 13, 2018.