What Did We Learn From The 2016 Elections?
Dinner and Discussion with guest speakers
Hon. Tom Davis and Prof. Jeremy Mayer
We will get an insider’s look as we survey the political landscape following the 2016 elections with Tom Davis, former Member of the House of Representatives for the 11th District in Northern Virginia, and Professor Jeremy Mayer of George Mason University.
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Networking: 7:00 – 7:30 PM
Dinner & Program: 7:30 – 9:00 PM
377 Maple Avenue, West Vienna, VA 22180
Dinner Cost: Members – $39 Non-Members – $49
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The Honorable Thomas M. Davis
Tom Davis was first elected to office in 1979, winning a hard-fought campaign to represent Mason District on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. This would be the first of 12 straight victories, a winning streak spanning three decades.
In 1991, after spending 12 years as a County supervisor, Tom defeated the incumbent chairman of the county board, taking the top elected office in Fairfax County, Virginia. Despite a severe economic downturn and a county budget deep in the red, Tom was able to implement a number of reforms that resulted in Fairfax being named the best managed county in the country by Governing Magazine.
In 1994, Tom successfully took on another incumbent, this time winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to represent the 11th Congressional District of Virginia. He was the first freshman in 50 years to be given a subcommittee chairmanship, taking the gavel of the Subcommittee on the District of Columbia.
Tom previously served as Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of PRC, Inc. and Advanced Technology, Inc.
After the 2002 election, he was named chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform, gaining national prominence once again by chairing hearings on the use of performance enhancing substances in professional sports. The Committee has exclusive jurisdiction over two USPS. Other notable accomplishments include his hard-hitting but objective report on the federal response to Hurricane Katrina; his sponsorship of legislation giving the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco; and passage of the National Capital Transportation Amendments Act, which authorizes much needed capital reinvestment in the Washington Metro system, and reforms of the Postal System. Tom also headed the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). The political arm of the House leadership where he led the Republicans to gains in two election cycles. Additionally, he is a two-time winner of National Journal’s “Political Genius” award for Political Trivia competition.
He currently serves on the Boards of the Partnership for Public Service, is Rector at George Mason University and is President of the Federal City Council, a Washington D.C. Business organization.
Tom is author of the Book, “The Partisan Divide”, with former House Democratic Campaign Chairman, and has appeared on numerous Network and cable talk shows ranging from meet the Press to “Real Time with Bill Mahr”.
Tom is a cum laude graduate of Amherst College and earned a JD degree at the University of Virginia Law School. He is married to Jeannemarie Devolites Davis.
Tom now serves as a Director for Deloitte & Touche in which he continues his effort to being effective, common sense solutions to government.
Professor Jeremy Mayer
Jeremy Mayer is an associate professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is the author of Running on Race: Racial Politics in Presidential Campaigns 1960-2000 (Random House 2002) as well as the brief textbook 9-11: The Giant Awakens (Wadsworth 2002, 2nd edition 2006), and American Media Politics in Transition (McGraw Hill 2006) and coauthor of Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in Higher Education (Brookings 2008). He has written articles on diverse topics such as presidential image management, Christian right politics, public opinion and torture, and comparative political socialization, in journals such as Presidential Studies Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and The Historian.
From 2001-2003 he served as a visiting assistant professor at Georgetown University, from which he received his Ph.D. in 1996. He taught previously at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he won a campus-wide teaching award.
Dr. Mayer is a recipient of the Rowman & Littlefield Award in Innovative Teaching for the American Political Science Association, the only national teaching award in political science. He has also studied politics at Oxford, Michigan, and Brown.
From 2003 to 2013, Dr. Mayer trained new American diplomats for the State Department at their Foreign Service Institute. He speaks regularly to State Department groups from all over the world, and has spoken on behalf of the State Department in Germany, Moldova and Mexico.
He has offered political commentary to major networks, including the World News Tonight, BBC, Sky News, PBS’s Newshour, NPR, CNBC, and local affiliates, as well as many national newspapers.