As expected, U.S. Rep. David Davis, R-1st District, announced Thursday that he intends to seek re-election to Congress this fall.
Davis was elected in 2006 after defeating Democratic hopeful Rick Trent, of Morristown, in the general election following a highly contested Republican primary.
One of his 2006 GOP opponents, Johnson City Mayor Phil Roe, has already announced that he intends to challenge Davis for his seat in the August primary.
“I hope to continue representing the common-sense values of the people of East Tennessee and working to change the way Washington does business,” said Davis, who followed Rogers- ville Republican Bill Jenkins in the U.S. House.
“My first term has led me to work endlessly on issues involving veterans, illegal immigration, health care, traditional moral values and the energy crisis, and I look forward to working on the issues important to 1st District Tennesseans.
“Not only do I strive to support our veterans and traditional values, I continue to fight for limited government, lower taxes and alleviating our budget deficit.”
Davis said he tackled veterans issues throughout his first term and said, if re-elected, those issues would remain a priority.
“After arriving in Washington in 2007, the Walter Reed (Army Medical Center) conditions were just beginning to be publicized, and I took it upon myself to visit and help our wounded warriors by any means necessary,” he said. “I was part of history by voting for the (Department of Veterans Affairs) largest funding increase in history, and I take great pride in that.”
One of the more memorable experiences during Davis’ term was a trip to Iraq in July.
“For me, it was not enough to sit back and read reports on Iraq, so I took the initiative to visit our men and women in uniform,” Davis said. “My appreciation for their service and sacrifice to preserve our freedom is beyond words, and I will do anything in my power to support them.”
Davis said he stands by the term “illegal means illegal” when it comes to the country’s immigration laws.
“It is important for me to represent the traditional values that the people of East Tennessee hold near and dear to their hearts,” he said. “I look forward to continually standing up for the sanctity of life, our right to have faith in God, the family, hard work and personal responsibility.”
Davis will make his formal announcement at 6 p.m. Monday at Rocky Mount Historic Site in Piney Flats. The event is open to the public.