November 3, 2020

Rep. Sharice Davids Statement on Re-Election to Kansas Third

Representative Sharice Davids released the following statement after winning re-election for Kansas’ Third Congressional District:

“It’s been an incredible honor to represent the Third District in Congress these past two years, and I’m deeply humbled that tonight, Kansans put their trust in me to continue in that role. Over the past months, we worked hard to spread our message of access to opportunity, affordable health care, strong public schools and an economic recovery that includes all Kansans. I’m ready to keep working on these issues and on making sure every person in our community feels seen and represented.”

October 30, 2020

Kansas City Star: In battle for Kansas’ 3rd District, The Star endorses a leader who’s focused on governing

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids made history two years ago when she handily defeated Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder and became one of the first two Native American women elected to Congress.

Ever since Election Day 2018, Republicans have been eager to take their shot at replacing Davids and reclaiming Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District. But Amanda Adkins, a former Kansas Republican Party chair, now faces a steep challenge in this swing district that continues to inch toward the Democratic side of the ledger.

In Tuesday’s election, voters will choose between two starkly different candidates: the low-key but diligent Davids and Adkins, an energetic business executive with a tough-as-nails approach to campaigning.

While Adkins has mounted an aggressive challenge, Davids’ pragmatic style and focus on bipartisanship are a much better match for the 3rd District, which includes Johnson and Wyandotte counties.

Davids is The Star’s choice in this hard-fought race, and voters should re-elect the first-term incumbent.

While Adkins is an executive at health care IT firm Cerner Corp., it is Davids who has been on the right side of the health care debate, advocating for Medicaid expansion in Kansas, working in Washington to preserve the Affordable Care Act and fighting to ensure that those with pre-existing conditions are covered.

Access to quality, affordable health care should not be a partisan issue, Davids said.

“All I’ve seen from my opponent is full-throated support for this administration’s attempts to completely dismantle the Affordable Care Act and no plan for how you would make sure that people with pre-existing conditions are protected,” Davids told The Star Editorial Board. “We should be holding the president and the national Republican leadership accountable for trying to rip away health care from millions of people.”

Passing a bipartisan plan for COVID-19 relief should be the No. 1 priority for anyone elected to Congress. Davids knows this. But Adkins has downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus even as Gov. Laura Kelly and other state leaders have sounded the alarm this week, warning that deaths and hospitalizations are surging across Kansas and begging people to wear masks.

Adkins, though, told a different story during a Monday debate sponsored by The Star and FOX4, as she thanked health care providers for “making sure that they’re prepared for what could’ve been a surge, but our numbers here have not been huge.”

On Wednesday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported that the state has had more than 83,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 1,000 deaths since the outbreak began in March.

“Folks have a lot of fear and anxiety about getting sick and also are worried about their economic security,” Davids said. “At the federal level, I know I’m pushing to make sure that we get another relief package. That’s an indication about how serious this problem is.”

Davids, who is the first LGBTQ person to represent Kansas in Congress, has not sought the spotlight in Washington but instead has focused her efforts on behind-the-scenes committee work and the details of writing and passing legislation.

She also has excelled at constituent services, opening an office in Wyandotte County and holding pop-up office hours across the district, including in more rural areas in Miami County.

Adkins, who declined to interview with The Star Editorial Board, is a smart, polished candidate who has little interest in political niceties. She has forcefully tried to paint Davids as extreme and dishonest, but many of her attacks have missed the mark. And Adkins’ attempts to distance herself from former Gov. Sam Brownback after managing his Senate campaign and chairing his Children’s Cabinet have strained credulity.

While Adkins’ experience at Cerner is relevant and would serve her well in elective office, her business-focused approach to combating COVID-19 sounds tone deaf in this moment. She decries “a shutdown culture,” has little to say about stopping the spread of the coronavirus and instead highlights her support for limits on legal liability and a payroll tax holiday — a flawed proposal that won’t help those who have lost their jobs.

Davids still has room to grow in this office. And while there’s something to be said for her understated approach in a Congress that has more than enough brawlers and preeners, this job does require assertiveness and persuasiveness to get things done.

Davids, though, is thoughtful, focused on governing instead of politicking, and keenly attuned to the needs and views of her 3rd District constituents. Davids is the right choice to represent a district that is still evolving politically and demographically, and she’s earned The Star’s endorsement.

October 26, 2020

#KS03 FACT CHECK: Sharice Davids Has Strong Bipartisan Record

Representative Sharice Davids has a strong bipartisan record of working across the aisle and standing up to her own party to deliver results for Kansans. 

Here are the facts on Rep. Davids’ record of working across the aisle:

  • Rep. Davids supported the USMCA, a major priority of the Trump Administration, because it was important for Kansas small businesses and farmers to be able sell their products around the world. 

Rep. Davids has been endorsed by  or received awards from organizations that traditionally favor Republicans, like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Farm Bureau Federation.

October 22, 2020

#KS03 FACT CHECK: Sharice Davids Has Fought to Lower Health Care Costs and Protect Pre-existing Conditions

Too many Kansas families struggle with the cost of healthcare, and that’s why Representative Sharice Davids has fought to bring down the cost of healthcare, including prescription drugs and premiums, and to protect people with pre-existing conditions. 

Here are the facts on Rep. Davids’ health care record:

  • Rep. Davids secured provisions in a recently passed health care package to help Kansas expand Medicaid, which would deliver affordable health care to an estimated 150,000 Kansans.
  • She voted for multiple bills to protect pre-existing conditions and fight against this Administration’s attempts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. 
  • Rep. Davids introduced legislation to combat surprise medical billing by requiring insurance companies to regularly update their directories, so people are aware of what their costs will be ahead of time. 

This stands in stark contrast to Amanda Adkins’ efforts to tear down the ACA, which would rip away health coverage from millions of Americans during a global pandemic, and her opposition to Medicaid expansion. 


October 13, 2020

Davids Raises Over $1.5 Million During Third Quarter of 2020

In the latest sign of Representative Sharice Davids’ strength heading into the November 3 election, Davids announced today her campaign raised over $1.5 million in the third quarter of 2020. 

“I’m incredibly thankful for the support and momentum our campaign has received as we head into the final stretch of this election,” said Davids. “It’s clear that my work to lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs, provide much-needed relief to our workers and small businesses during this pandemic, and stand up to special interests in Washington is resonating with people across the Kansas Third. While our campaign might look different this year, Kansans are more engaged than ever and determined to continue the progress we’ve made together.”

While Davids has focused her efforts on tackling the historic challenges facing Kansas families, Amanda Adkins has doubled down on her support for the failed policies of Donald Trump and Sam Brownback, including attempting to rip away health care from millions of Americans during a global pandemic. 

Over 90 percent of Davids’ contributions received this cycle have been $100 or less, and more than half of the contributions have been $15 or less.

September 18, 2020

Vice President Joe Biden Endorses Representative Sharice Davids for Re-election

Vice President Joe Biden has endorsed Representative Sharice Davids for re-election in Kansas’ Third Congressional District.

“Since the day she was sworn into office, Representative Sharice Davids has been a tireless advocate for hardworking Kansans,” said Biden. “Sharice has reached across the aisle to lower the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, help small businesses and workers, and ensure families have the resources they need to recover from the coronavirus. Congress needs more leaders like Sharice who roll up their sleeves to get things done for their districts.” 

Davids served as a White House Fellow under the Obama-Biden Administration in 2016. She also recently served as Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Convention, where Biden accepted the party’s presidential nomination. 

“It is an honor to have the endorsement and support of Vice President Joe Biden,” said Davids. “Vice President Biden and I share a commitment to making sure every person in this country has the opportunity to succeed. He understands the need for affordable healthcare, quality public education, and civil discourse among our leaders. I look forward to working together with him in the White House to create a better future for Kansas families and to restore the soul of this nation.”  


September 17, 2020

Kansas City Star: Joe Biden continues streak of Midwest endorsements, backs Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden endorsed Kansas Rep. Sharice Davids Thursday, continuing a string of political testimonials in Kansas and Missouri over the past week.

Davids, who represents Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, will face Republican Amanda Adkins in November’s election.

Biden called Davids a “tireless advocate for hardworking Kansans.”

“Congress needs more leaders like Sharice who roll up their sleeves to get things done for their districts,” Biden said in a release.

“It is an honor to have the endorsement and support of Vice President Joe Biden,” Davids said in her statement. “Vice President Biden and I share a commitment to making sure every person in this country has the opportunity to succeed.”

Davids received backing from former President Barack Obama in 2018, when she defeated Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder.

On Monday, Biden announced his support for Missouri gubernatorial candidate Nicole Galloway, followed Tuesday by Jill Schupp in her campaign for Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District.

Biden has endorsed numerous other U.S. House candidates in red districts over the past week.

September 15, 2020

New Sharice for Congress Ad Highlights Amanda Adkins’ Deep Ties to Sam Brownback

Sharice for Congress released a new TV ad today highlighting Amanda Adkins’ decades long career as a top advisor to former Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. Adkins worked alongside Brownback to execute his disastrous tax experiment that resulted in historic cuts to Kansas schools, the effects of which are still being felt by Kansas families today. 

Watch ‘Stop’ here:

Amanda Adkins managed Brownback’s campaign for U.S. Senate and served as head of the Kansas Republican Party when Brownback was first elected governor, helping to champion his disastrous economic policies. 

Brownback later appointed Adkins to chair the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund, where she worked with Brownback to cover up his attempts at slashing the budget for early childhood programs. Under Adkins’ leadership, the Cabinet suffered millions of dollars in funding cuts to these critical early childhood programs. In addition to causing historic cuts to the state’s education system, the tax experiment Adkins supported “tanked” the state’s economy and led to the state’s credit rating being “downgraded because of its budget problems.” 

The effects of the Adkins-Brownback budget cuts are still being felt today as Kansas grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Years of underfunding have left K-12 schools and state agencies such as the Department of Health and Environment ill-equipped to handle the pandemic. 

“As a longtime advisor to Sam Brownback, Amanda Adkins helped execute a disastrous tax experiment that caused historic cuts to Kansas public schools—and Kansas families are still paying the price. Kansans deserve a leader who will fight for strong public schools and affordable health care, not one who will repeat all the worst of the Brownback Administration,” said Johanna Warshaw, spokesperson for the Sharice for Congress campaign. 

September 9, 2020

Rep. Sharice Davids Endorses Slate of State, Local Candidates in Kansas

U.S. Representative Sharice Davids today announced her support for a slate of state and local candidates in Kansas ahead of the November 3rd election. 

“If we’re going to make progress on the issues that matter most to Kansans – from expanding Medicaid to investing in our public schools and roads – then we need to elect strong Democrats up and down the ballot this November. These candidates will put in the hard work it takes to help rebuild our state in the wake of this crisis and ensure that every Kansan has the opportunity to succeed. I look forward to working with them to make that happen,” said Davids. 

Davids announced her support of the following candidates:

Kansas Senate:

  • Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, District 19 
  • Sen. Pat Pettey, District 6
  • Sen. David Haley, District 4 
  • Sen. Dinah Sykes, District 21
  • Sen. Tom Hawk, District 22
  • Sen. Mary Ware, District 25 
  • Rep. Jim Ward, District 28
  • Jeffrey Pittman, District 5
  • Ethan Corson, District 7
  • Cindy Holscher, District 8 
  • Stacey Knoell, District 9 
  • Lindsey Constance, District 10 
  • Joy Koesten, District 11 
  • Tobias Schlingensiepen, District 18 
  • Rachel Willis, District 20 
  • Wendy Budetti, District 23
  • Melissa Gregory, District 30
  • Becca Peck, District 37 

Kansas House:

  • Rep. Cindy Neighbor, District 18
  • Rep. Stephanie Clayton, District 19 
  • Rep. Jerry Stogsdill, District 21
  • Rep. Susan Ruiz, District 23 
  • Rep. Jarrod Ousley, District 24 
  • Rep. Rui Xu, District 25
  • Rep. Brett Parker, District 29 
  • Rep. Brandon Woodard, District 30 
  • Rep. Louis E. Ruiz, District 31 
  • Rep. Pam Curtis, District 32
  • Rep. Tom Burroughs, District 33
  • Rep. Valdenia C. Winn, District 34 
  • Rep. Broderick Henderson, District 35
  • Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore, District 36 
  •  Rep. Stan Frownfelter, District 37 
  • Rep. Jennifer Day, District 48
  • Rep. Virgil Weigel, District 56 
  • Christina Haswood, District 10
  • Angela Justus Schweller, District 14
  • Cole Fine, District 15
  • Linda Featherston, District 16 
  • Jo Ella Hoye, District 17 
  • Mari-Lynn Poskin, District 20 
  • Lindsay Vaughn, District 22 
  • W. Michael Shimeall, District 26
  • Les Lampe, District 39
  • Katie Dixon, District 49
  • Kathy Meyer, District 78

Davids will also be supporting candidates in Kansas through the establishment of her new leadership PAC, Sunflower Seeds. Sunflower Seeds PAC is dedicated to electing strong candidates to state, local and federal office. 

September 4, 2020

Indian Country Today: Sharice Davids: ‘The Native vote cannot be underestimated

U.S Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas made history in 2018 when she was one of the first two Native women elected to Congress.

Two years later, she’s running again, and had faced a crowded field of Republican candidates.

Davids, who represents Kansas’ 3rd district, ran unopposed in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

She will go up against Amanda Adkins, former chairwoman of the Kansas GOP, in the November general election. The Republican primary was a race between five candidates.

Davids told Indian Country Today that every Republican candidate who ran said they would vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, something she is opposed to.

Davids says she has been campaigning through Zoom video calls and text and phone banking.

“The biggest thing and the most important thing to all of us has been making sure people are able to stay safe,” Davids said.

She estimates that many voters in Kansas have cast their ballots through advanced voting, a way to vote by mail. Her office has been helping constituents learn about voting by mail and finding where to drop off their ballots.

Much of Davids’ work in Congress has also included advocating for Indian Country.

In 2019, Davids presided over the House floor in a debate regarding amendments for the Violence Against Women’s Act.

The House passed an expanded version of the act including renewal of tribal provisions and new measures to improve data collection.

She has also advocated for increased participation of Native people in voting and running for office, something she believes will make a “huge impact” in 2020’s elections.

“The Native vote cannot be underestimated,” Davids said.

“We have the power to shift the dynamics of races, of the presidential and other races in states like Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota. There are so many places where the Native vote could literally shift the entire direction of a presidential campaign,” Davids said.

Davids has formally endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president.

Earlier this month, Indian Country Today published a story titled, “Want to win? Consider 3 Native women for vice president.”

Davids said the idea of a Native woman as vice president excited her.

“We’re seeing a new age of Native people really taking the reins in our state legislatures and in our federal government. And I’m looking forward to when we have more Native women serving in the House with us, some in the Senate, and then obviously yes, at some point as our vice presidential and presidential nominees.”