Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis has lost his bid for re-election to fellow Congressman Mary Miller. The two Republican incumbents had been thrown into the same Illinois district as a result of redistricting earlier this year.
Davis conceded in a statement late Tuesday evening.
“I’d like to congratulate Congresswoman Miller and President Trump on their victory tonight. This was a hard-fought campaign, and I wish her the best in representing the citizens of the 15th District.
“It’s been the honor of a lifetime to serve the people of Illinois. I’m proud of the work our team has done for our constituents since 2013. Helping citizens cut through red tape and navigate the federal bureaucracy has always been one of my top priorities.
“We have delivered countless conservative policy solutions from historic tax cuts, student loan relief, farm programs, and investing in our transportation system.
“We’ve always worked to govern and make Washington work. As Republicans are poised to retake the House, it’s paramount that Republicans in Congress work to end dysfunction and deliver results for the American people.
“I look forward to campaigning with every Republican up and down the ticket across Illinois between now and November to ensure we take back our state and take back Congress.”
Davis, 52, of Taylorville, has been involved in politics for a quarter century. In 1998, he managed Illinois Congressman John Shimkus’ first re-election campaign. He took a position on Shimkus’ congressional staff.
In 2000, he lost a campaign for mayor of Taylorville.
In the fall of 2012, he won election as congressman for the first time. In May of that year, the Republican county chairmen for the 14 Illinois counties in the 13th district at the time nominated Davis as the Republican candidate for Congress.
He went on to win re-election in 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020.
Miller, 62, is a farmer from Oakland, a community about an hour east of Decatur. She is in her first term, which began Jan. 3, 2021. She now serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Education & Labor.
She received a last-minute boost in her campaign during a weekend appearance with President Donald Trump, who endorsed her.
Miller will face Democrat Paul Lange, who won the uncontested Democrat primary on Tuesday. Lange is a Democratic precinct committeeman from Quincy.
Miller’s campaign issued a statement on Wednesday morning. Here it is in its entirety (boldface shown as given in statement):
“Last night, the America First movement took on the DC establishment.
We took on the fake news media. We took on the special interests from the Swamp.
And we won.
I want to thank President Donald J. Trump, the leader of the America First movement. This win shows the strength and power of President Trump’s endorsement.
People in this country are waking up. The left may be “woke,” but conservatives are “awake.” We see past the lies and smears from the radical left and the liberal elites.
I want to thank my wonderful family and my supporters for your love, your prayers, and your support.
My family has had to endure a lot, but they did so with grace and poise.
My family is strong because we trust in the Lord with all our heart. Man cannot destroy what is built by faith.
I want to thank my opponent, Rodney Davis, for his very gracious phone call.
My family has prayed for Rodney’s family throughout this campaign, and I look forward to working with him as a colleague.
I am overjoyed that our friend Darren Bailey won the Republican nomination to become our next Governor! Last night was a massive win for President Trump and conservatives in our country.
But last night was just the beginning.
Today, we begin the work of uniting the Republican Party so that we can defeat JB Pritzker before the crime wave becomes even worse.
President Trump leads the greatest grassroots movement in the history of our country. His agenda will be my agenda in Congress as I work with my friends in the House Freedom Caucus to save our country.
Proverbs 29:18 tells us that where there is no vision, the people perish. Joe Biden doesn’t have a vision. Joe Biden is destroying this country.
No one can afford gas or groceries, and we are facing supply shortages like a third world country. President Trump’s vision gave us energy independence, secure borders, and a booming economy.
As a farmer, I am honored to represent production agriculture on the House Agriculture Committee. As a parent, I advocate for parental rights on the House Education and Labor Committee. We will defeat the woke agenda Joe Biden is pushing in our classrooms.
This is our mission. To save our country for our children and grandchildren.
That hard work begins today.
Thank you, may God bless you all, and may God bless our great nation.”