Davids Marks First Year in Office with Focus on Community Engagement, Constituent Services, Bipartisan Legislating

January 13, 2020
Press Release

Representative Sharice Davids marked her first year in office serving the people of Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District with a focus on widespread community engagement, quality constituent services, and bipartisan legislating.

“When I took office last January, I pledged to be a voice for Kansans in Washington and to put their priorities first. It’s why I’ve spent my first year in office focused on listening to the folks in our community, ensuring my office is available as a resource to them, and fighting for the issues they talk about at the kitchen table each night. From passing bipartisan legislation to lower the cost of health care to holding over 60 community outreach events across the district, I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished this past year. We have more work ahead of us, and I’ll continue to put Kansans’ priorities first,” said Davids.

Community Engagement

Shortly after taking office, Davids opened two district offices: one in Johnson County, and one in Wyandotte County, where there hadn’t been in a district office in nearly a decade.

To further reach constituents in all corners of the 3rd District, Davids’ staff held 27 “pop-up” office events, where staff members are available to assist constituents with issues like stalled tax refunds, backlogged Veteran’s benefits, passports, and more. In addition, Davids’ staff have held informational workshops for community members with experts on topics such as tax filing and Medicare enrollment. 

Davids held six round table discussions on issues from prescription drug prices to gun safety, two town halls (called “Community Conversations”), two telephone town halls (called “Call with your Congresswoman”), 11 transportation and infrastructure site tours, and 11 “Sharice’s Shifts” where Davids shadowed workers at local businesses.

Constituent Services

Since January, Davids and her staff have assisted 683 constituents, and recovered more than $372,000 in federal dollars for the people of Kansas’ 3rd District. Her office also helped secure $650,000 in federal funding for Vibrant Health, an organization operating health centers in Wyandotte County, to increase access to affordable and quality health care services in the area. Furthermore, Davids has replied to more than 41,000 Kansas who’ve contacted her on everything from the environment to education.

Davids was pleased to welcome a staff member through the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program, which provides opportunities for wounded and/or disabled veterans to work for Congress. The staff member assists military and veteran constituents with issues they may be having with the federal government, such as backlogged VA benefits. 

Examples of constituents who Davids’ office has helped can be found on her website, davids.house.gov/connect-me/whowehavehelped.

Bipartisan Legislating

Davids has followed through on her commitment to work with anyone, regardless of party, who wants to tackle the issues most important to Kansas’ 3rd District. Of the over 200 bills she has co-sponsored since taking office, 78% are bipartisan. 

Davids introduced five original pieces of legislation this session, four of which passed the House and one of which was signed into law by President Trump, including:

  • H.R. 5144, the “Insurance Accountability and Transparency Act,” which would help prevent surprise medical billing by requiring insurance companies to provide updated and accurate information to patients on a regular basis, so Kansans are aware of what their costs will be.
  • H.R. 3734, the “Successful Entrepreneurship for Reservists and Veterans (SERV) Act,” which would help veteran entrepreneurs succeed by examining the barriers they face, including lack of access to credit, and by increasing promotion of small business programs available to veterans.
    • This bill overwhelmingly passed the House.
  • H.R. 4405, the “Women’s Business Centers Improvement Act,” which would increase funding for Women Business Centers, which offer a full range of critical counseling and technical training services for small businesses primarily owned by women.   
    • This bill passed the House unanimously.
  • H.R. 1340, the “Quindaro Townsite National Commemorative Site Act,” which designates the Quindaro Townsite, a stop on the Underground Railroad in what is now Kansas City, Kansas, as a National Commemorative Site.
    • This bill was signed into law as part of the Natural Resources Management Act.
  • H.R. 1513, the “Count the Vote Act,” which would allow people to petition the Department of Justice to investigate voting complaints, helping to ensure that eligible voters are able to seek justice if they have been denied from the ballot box. 
    • This bill passed the House as an amendment to the For the People Act.

Davids championed many of the more than 400 bills – 275 of which are bipartisan – passed by the House in 2019, including:

  • H.R. 1, the “For the People Act,” which would put the American people back in charge of our democracy by ending the dominance of big money in politics, expanding and protecting the right to vote, and ensuring our elected officials are working in the public interest.
  • H.R. 3, the “Lower Drug Costs Now Act,” which would give Medicare the power to negotiate with drug companies for lower drug prices, and make those lower prices available to those with private insurance.  
  • H.R. 986, the “Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act,” which would protect against short-term, limited-duration health plans — commonly referred to as junk insurance plans — that charge higher premiums for people with pre-existing conditions and don’t cover essential medical services, such as maternity care.
  • H.R. 5430, the “United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act,” which would implement an updated trade agreement to bolster Kansas’ economy, protect American workers and the environment, and ensure our trading partners live up to their commitments.
  • H.R. 1585, the “Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act,” which would improve the services and programs available to survivors of violence, help stop convicted abusers from obtaining firearms, and address the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
  • H.R. 8, the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act,” which would institute universal background checks on gun purchases.