Rep. Ted Davis, Jr. Profile
Graduated from New Hanover High School, UNC-CH with a degree in Political Science, and Wake Forest University Law School with a JD degree.
Served as an Assistant New Hanover County Attorney, Assistant State District Attorney, and Assistant United States Attorney before established his solo law practice in 1984. He retired from the practice of law in July of 2016.
Elected to the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Chairman in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008 and 2011.
Appointed by former Governor Beverly Purdue to the House of Representatives, District 19, during September of 2012; elected during November of 2012; re-elected in 2014; re-elected in 2016; and re-elected in 2018.
Elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives, District 20, during November of 2020; and re-elected in 2022.
Seat #9 in the House Chamber.
Current Appointments, Committees, and Commissions
Current Standing Committees: Judiciary 1 (Chair); Appropriations (Vice-Chair); Appropriations-Justice and Public Safety (Chair); Environment (Vice-Chair); UNC Board of Governors Nominations (Vice-Chair); Disaster Recovery & Homeland Security; Education-Universities; Election Law and Campaign Finance Reform; Ethics; and Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.
Current Non-Standing Committees: Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety (Co-Chair); Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee; Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations; Legislative Research Commission; North Carolina General Statutes Commission; and Environmental Review Commission.
Current Policy Work Groups: Election Integrity (Leader) and Workforce Development
Current Member: House Leadership Team.
Current Member: American Flood Coalition
Current Member: NC-SC Joint Boundary Commission.
Current Member: National Conference of State Legislatures Redistricting and Elections Standing Committee.
Appointed previously by Speaker of the House Tim Moore to the Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting. Committee business was concluded.
Appointed previously by Speaker Moore to the Southern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments. A member of the Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations Committee. Term expired.
2013 - 2014 Interim Committee: House Legislative Study Committee on Judicial Efficiency and Effective Administration of Justice (Chair).
2015 - 2016 Interim Committees: Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Local Government (Chair); House Select Committee on Step Therapy; and House Select Committee on Wildlife Resources.
2016 - 2017 Interim Committees: The University of North Carolina System Board of Governors Strategic Plan Committee on Education Planning, Policies and Programs to address Student Success; the Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee Strategy Workgroup for economic development in distressed counties; and the Wildlife Resources Oversight Committee fisheries stakeholder discussions.
2017 - 2018 Interim Committees: Environmental Review Commission (Advisory member); House Select Committee on North Carolina River Quality (Senior Chair); House Select Committee on Legislative Redistricting; House Select Committee on Judicial Redistricting (Vice-Chair); Joint Select Committee on Judicial Funding (Co-Chair); Joint Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting; House Select Committee on School Safety; and Student Physical Safety Working Group.
2019 - 2020 Interim Committee: House Select Committee on Community Relations, Law Enforcement, and Justice.
2021 - 2022 Select Committee: House Select Committee on Strategic Transportation Planning and Long-Term Funding Solutions (Vice-Chair).
Former Standing Committees: Finance; Finance Room Occupancy Tax Subcommittee (Chair); Judiciary III (Chair); Local Government (Chair); Wildlife Resources; Commerce and Job Development; Regulatory Reform; Judiciary (Senior Chair); Appropriations (Vice-Chair); Appropriations-Justice and Public Safety (Chair); Education-Universities (Vice-Chair); Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House (Vice-Chair); and Elections and Ethics Law.
Former Non-Standing Committees: Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee (PED); PED Subcommittee on Real Property; PED Joint Legislative Subcommittee on Economic Development (Chair); Legislative Research Commission Committee on Municipal Service Districts (Chair); Joint Legislative Committee on Local Government (Chair); and Commission on Government Operations Subcommittee on Interscholastic Athletics.
Legislative Awards and Recognitions
2013 Certificate of Recognition from the Lower Cape Fear Republican Women; 2013 Defender of Liberty Award from The American Conservative Union; 2013 Champion for the Family Recognition from the NC Values Coalition; 2013 Jobs Champion recognition by the NC Chamber; and 2013 pro-business recognition from the NC Free Enterprise Foundation.
2014 Certificate of Recognition from the Partners Against Trafficking Humans in NC; 2014 Honorary Wilmington Police Department Officer Badge #19 Award; 2014 Appreciation Award from the Local Land Trust; 2014 North Carolina Land Trust “Legislator of the Year” Award; 2014 NC Metropolitan Mayors Coalition Legislative Award; and 2014 Jobs Champion recognition by the NC Chamber.
2015 Recognition gift from the Friends of Fort Fisher; 2015 Appreciation Award from the City of Wilmington; 2015 North Carolina Travel Industry Association “Co-defender of Occupancy Tax Integrity” Legislative Award; 2015 NC Travel & Tourism “Tourism Champion” Legislative Award; 2015 Conservative Achievement Award from The American Conservative Union; 2015 Jobs Champion recognition by the NC Chamber; and 2015 pro-business recognition from the NC Free Enterprise Foundation.
2016 Certificate of Recognition from the New Hanover County Board of Education; 2016 Patient Champion Award from the NC Orthopedic Association; 2016 Jobs Champion recognition by the NC Chamber; and 2016 Certificate of Appreciation from House Speaker Tim Moore.
2017 Special Recognition Award from the Friends of Fort Fisher; 2017 Recognition Award from the NC Society of Surveyors; 2017 Defender of Public Safety Award from the NC Sheriffs’ Association; 2017 nceyes Visionary Award for Optometry; 2017 Jobs Champion recognition by the NC Chamber; and 2017 pro-business recognition from the NC Free Enterprise Foundation.
2018 Award from the NC Search and Rescue Program.
2019 Certificate of Appreciation from Southeast Area Technical High School; 2019 Defender of Public Safety Award from the NC Sheriffs’ Association; 2019 Jobs Champion recognition by the NC Chamber; and 2019 pro-business recognition from the NC Free Enterprise Foundation.
2020 Legislative Recognition by the NC Home Builders Association; 2020 Jobs Champion recognition by the NC Chamber; 2020 pro-business recognition from the NC Free Enterprise Foundation; and 2020 Letter of Appreciation from the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
2021 Jobs Champion recognition by the NC Chamber; 2021 American Conservative Union Foundation Center for Legislative Accountability Award for Conservative Achievement; 2021 Defender of Public Safety Award from the NC Sheriffs' Association; and 2021 Appreciation Award from the City of Wilmington.
2022 Champions of the Family A+ rating by the NC Values Coalition; 2022 Firefighter's Friend Award from the NC State Firefighters' Association; 2022 NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence Legislative Excellence Award; 2022 Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance Champion Award; 2022 Appreciation Award from the Town of Wrightsville Beach; 2022 Certificate of Appreciation from the Lower Cape Fear Republican Women; and 2022 Jobs Champion recognition by the NC Chamber.
Married to wife, Jane, for 42 years. A son Ted III (Teddy) and a daughter Amy, who are both married. 4 grandchildren - grandsons Ted IV (Tee) and Randall and granddaughters Airlie and Charlotte. Also a Havanese dog named Oreo.
St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church. Served as a Deacon, an Elder, a Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Wednesday morning Men’s Bible Class.
Present and past Civic activities include the Airlie Gardens Foundation Board of Directors (presently Director Emeritus), Azalea Festival Committee Chairman (presently Emeritus member), Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees (15 years), UNCW Seahawk Club Board of Directors, Wilmington Regional Film Commission, and Wilmington-Cape Fear Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow).