QUINCY (WFEM) – U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R, IL-13) has said he is no stranger to the Tri-States. The Taylorville Republican spent many years working for former U.S. Representative John Shimkus when he represented parts of the region.
Since 2013, it has occupied its own seat in Congress. He will, however, seek re-election in a brand new district that encompasses nearly all of the tri-state observation area thanks to new congressional districts signed last month by Democratic Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.
Davis said the change in the district’s geography won’t change the way he does his job if voters send him back to Washington.
“I am me,” Davis said. “I will govern and serve as I always have. That is to say, I believe in being a true conservative who never sacrifices my values and fundamental principles. But at the same time, I rule. I get things done.
Davis pointed out that he was working on the Trump administration’s tax cuts as one of his accomplishments.
“The IRS even released data this week indicating that the majority of these tax cuts went directly to our middle class families, as we promised,” Davis said.
He also worked on student debt relief under the CARES Act, which offered relief from COVID-19 at the height of the pandemic. The Employers’ Reimbursement Participation Act allows businesses to pay up to $ 5,250 per year, as is the case for tuition assistance programs, until 2025. The money would be free tax for students.
“We actually used our tax code to get employers to pay off their employees’ student debt,” Davis said.
He said the program can be both a great recruiting tool and a way for companies to retain employees.
Above all, Davis called himself a “true conservative.”
“It means I stick to my values,” he said. “I’m a conservative when it comes to spending. I sincerely believe that we can work to reduce the amount of taxpayer dollars it takes to run the federal government. But when those taxes or budgets are set, my job is to fight and scratch to make sure we are bringing some of those taxes home to benefit our communities. “
Davis also said he was “steadfast” in his anti-abortion beliefs, and called himself a “strong supporter” of the Second Amendment.
“I truly believe that less government and more personal responsibility is the best way to govern,” he said.
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