Joseph Graham Davis, Jr.
Born: December 26, 1942 in New York, New York
Married: Sharon Ryer
Military Service: ARMY (Vietnam)
197?: Finance Director, Tom Bradley for Mayor of Los Angeles
1974: Primary Candidate for Treasurer (Lost)
1975-1981: Chief of Staff, Governor Jerry Brown
1992: Primary Candidate for US Senate (Lost)
1999: As Governor, Davis ended the state appeal of a ruling against Proposition 187, effectively ending its implementation.
2003: Davis became the first US Governor to be recalled in 82 years.
2012: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2016: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
- During his service in Vietnam, he was awarded the Bronze Star.
- In 1985, Davis worked with dairy producers and grocery stores to start a program that printed pictures of missing or abducted children on milk cartons and grocery bags.
- PLACENAME: On May 11, 2007, the Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory Facility Authority dedicated the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center to honor Davis and former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg.
- In 1999, Davis was the target of an attempted recall led by Glenn J. Spencer and 73 others. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
- In 2003, Davis was the target of an attempted recall led by Edward L. Nicholson and 9 others. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.
- In 2003, Davis was the target of an attempted recall led by Edward J. Costa and 98 others. The recall qualified for the ballot and succeeded (55.4% in favor; 44.6% opposed).
Source: California Legislature Handbook (1983)
Source: "Complete List of Recall Attempts" by the California Secretary of State (Accessed 2/14/2011)