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Rep. Ted Davis, Jr. Profile

Graduated from 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 the Governor 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.

Appointed by the Governor to the NC-SC Joint Boundary Commission.

Appointed by the Speaker to the Southern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments.  A member of the Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations Committee.

Appointed by the Speaker to the Joint Select Committee on Congressional Redistricting.

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.

Former Standing Committees: Finance; Finance Room Occupancy Tax Subcommittee (Chair); Judiciary III (Chair); Local Government (Chair); Wildlife Resources; Judiciary 1 (Chair); Commerce and Job Development, and Regulatory Reform.

Former Non-Standing Committees: Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee (PED)  Subcommittee on Real Property; PED Joint Legislative Subcommittee on Economic Development (Chair); Legislative Research Commission Committee on Municipal Service Districts (Chair); and Joint Legislative Committee on Local Government (Chair).

Current Standing Committees: Judiciary (Senior Chair); Appropriations (Vice-Chair); Appropriations-Justice and Public Safety (Chair); Education-Universities (Vice-Chair); Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House; Elections and Ethics Law; and Environment.

Current Non-Standing Committees:  Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety (Co-Chair); Joint Legislative Program Evaluation Oversight Committee (PED); Joint Legislative Economic Development and Global Engagement Oversight Committee (EDGE); Legislative Research Commission; Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations; North Carolina General Statutes Commission; and Environmental Review Commission.

Member: House Leadership Team.

Legislative Awards and Recognition:

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;

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;  

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;

2016 Certificate of Recognition from the New Hanover County Board of Education; 2016 Patient Champion Award from the North Carolina Orthopedic  Association; 2016 Jobs Champion recognition by the NC Chamber; 2016 Certificate of Appreciation from House Speaker Tim Moore;

2017 Special Recognition Award from the Friends of Fort Fisher; 2017 Recognition Award from the North Carolina Society of Surveyors; 2017 Defender of Public Safety Award from the NC Sheriffs’ Association; 2017 nceyes Visionary Award in Optometry; 2017 Jobs Champion recognition by the NC Chamber;

2018 Award from the North Carolina Search and Rescue Program;

2019 Certificate of Appreciation from Southeast Area Technical High School; 2019 Jobs Champion recognition by the NC Chamber; and 2019 Defender of Public Safety Award from the NC Sheriffs’ Association.

Married to wife, Jane, for 39 years.  They have a son, Teddy, and a daughter, Amy, who are both  married; grandsons, Ted IV and Randall; granddaughter, Airlie; and a Havanese dog named Oreo. 

Member of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church.  He has 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 (Director Emeritus), Wilmington Regional Film Commission, Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees, UNCW Seahawk Club Board of Directors, Azalea Festival Committee Chairman (Emeritus), and Wilmington-Cape Fear Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow). 


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