Last updated on: 1/6/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Tom Davis, JD Biography

Title:
US Representative (R-VA)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Performance Enhancing Drugs (Such as Steroids) Be Accepted in Sports?"
Reasoning:

“Two months ago, the Government Reform Committee held our first hearing on steroids, looking into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball…

We have learned a lot. We know that more than half a million high school students have used steroids. We know that even younger kids are trying steroids, including young girls – some to improve their athletic performance, some to improve their body image.

We know this is a national public health crisis.

We are here today to announce the introduction of legislation that is aimed at not only getting rid of performance enhancing drugs on the professional level, but also to send a message loud and clear to the young people of America: Steroids are illegal. Steroids are dangerous. They can be deadly. And there is no place for them in our sports leagues or on our school grounds.”

“McCain, Davis, and Waxman Announce Introduction of ‘Clean Sports Act of 2005’,” tomdavis.house.gov, May 26, 2005

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to performance enhancing drugs and sports.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Representative (R-VA), 1995-2008
  • Ranking Member, US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Jan. 2007-present
  • Member, US House Committee on Homeland Security, Feb. 2005-present
  • Chairman, National Republican Congressional Committee, 1998-2002
  • Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, VA, 1991-1994
  • Member, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, VA, 1980-1994
  • Former Vice President and General Counsel of PRC, Inc., a Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • United States Army Reserve, 1972-1979
  • United States Army, 1971-1972
Education:
  • JD, University of Virginia, 1975
  • BA, Political Science, Amherst College, 1971
Other:
  • Born in Minot, ND on Jan. 5, 1949
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Use of Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports Be Legalized?