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- Presented by Adriana Doty

Sharice Davids

  • Sharice has been an important figure for representation in the Federal Government
  • She is one of only two Native American women to be elected to Congress in the U.S.'s history; both were elected in 2018.
  • Sharice is one of 8 LGBTQ+ people in the House of Representatives and one of the only openly gay women in Congress.
  • Since she is so connected to Kansas, Sharice is a big Chiefs fan

Why I Chose Her

  • Sharice has been an important figure for representation in the Federal Government
  • She is one of only two Native American women to be elected to Congress in the U.S.'s history; both were elected in 2018.
  • Sharice is one of 8 LGBTQ+ people in the House of Representatives and one of the only openly gay women in Congress.
  • Since she is so connected to Kansas, Sharice is a big Chiefs fan

Why I Chose Her

Sharice received her Juris Doctor from Cornell in 2010

Continued her education at Cornell Law School

Attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City

Graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree

Birth - Doctor of Law

Raised by her single mom who served in the army for 20 years

Born In Frankfurt, Germany

Early Life

  • Amateur MMA record of 5-1
  • Professional MMA record of 1-1
  • First MMA fight in 2006
  • Fought throughout studying law at Cornell, working as a lawyer, and aiding Native American economic development projects
  • Tried out for The Ultimate Fighter when the UFC added a women’s strawweight division
  • Summited a fighter who fought in the UFC
  • Shifted her focus away from MMA and more toward politics after TUF rejection

Mixed Martial Arts Career

  • Worked in the White House Fellowship Program in 2016
  • Gained experience working in the Federal Government
  • Worked with the Department of Transportation during her Fellowship

Early Career

Political Career Work

  • Won the election for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District in 2018
  • Works on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Serves on the House Committee on Small Business

Congressional Work

  • Davids is a member of the congressional Native American Caucus
  • She works to improve relationships between tribal nations and the Federal government
  • She co-sponsored three amendments to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 to address the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic
  • Davids is a nationally recognized expert on economic and community development programs for Native Americans
  • In February 2024, Davids' bill called the Native American Entrepreneurial Opportunity Act passed in the House of Representatives

Native American Advocacy

“When there are more voices at the table and people with different experiences, we will be better equipped to figure out who hasn’t been part of this conversation.” - Sharice Davids

  • Sharice is an enrolled member of the Ho-Chunk Nation
  • The Ho-Chunk are a Native American Tribe primarily residing in what we would know as Wisconsin.
  • Ho-Chunk territory also includes parts of Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois.
  • Reclaimed their name, Ho-Chunk, meaning "People of the Big Voice" in 1994.
  • Originated and speak the Siouan Language

About the Ho-Chunk

Seeks to extend equal rights, fight discriminatory laws, and improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Davids is a member of the congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus

This 2022 bill serves to protect gay and interracial marriage

Davids was the only Congressional Member from Kansas to vote for the Respect for Marriage Act

This bill, which had been previously proposed by Davids in 2022, seeks to improve mental health support and resources for LGBTQ+ youth

In June of last year, Davids introduced the Pride in Mental Health Act

LGBTQ+ Advocacy

First elected to office in 2018, Sharice won the following two elections to remain the incumbent. She is currently running for reelection this year and is unopposed in her own party

Next Steps

About the Congressional Equality Caucus

https://equality.house.gov/about-cec/mission

During Pride Month, Davids Introduces Bill Supporting LGBTQI+ Youth Mental Health

https://davids.house.gov/media/press-releases/during-pride-month-davids-introduces-bill-supporting-lgbtqi-youth-mental

Rep. Sharice Davids is only Kansan in Congress to vote for gay and interracial marriage bill

https://www.cjonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/national/2022/12/08/kansas-us-rep-sharice-davids-a-lesbian-helped-congress-house-pass-gay-marriage-bill-jake-laturner/69712439007/

Davids’ Bill to Support Native American Entrepreneurs Passes House

https://davids.house.gov/media/press-releases/davids-bill-support-native-american-entrepreneurs-passes-house

Rep. Davids Presides Over House Floor as Violence Against Women Act is Reauthorized

https://davids.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-davids-presides-over-house-floor-violence-against-women-act-reauthorized

White House Fellowship Program

https://www.whitehouse.gov/get-involved/fellows/

How Sharice Davids traded in MMA for a shot at political history

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/06/sharice-evans-us-congress-mixed-martial-arts

Congressional Native American Caucus

https://mccollum.house.gov/about-betty/committees-caucuses/congressional-native-american-caucus

The Ho-Chunk Nation | People of the Sacred Voice

https://ho-chunknation.com/

Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present

Keene, A (2021). Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present. Ten Speed Press.

From the cage to Congress? Former MMA fighter Sharice Davids now entering the political arena

https://www.mmafighting.com/2018/3/14/17038716/from-the-cage-to-congress-former-mma-fighter-sharice-davids-now-entering-the-political-arena

First Native American women elected to Congress: Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/06/politics/sharice-davids-and-deb-haaland-native-american-women/index.html

List of LGBT Members of the United States Congress

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LGBT_members_of_the_United_States_Congress

References

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