The Virginia Republican and longtime champion of technology and procurement issues said he would not run for an eighth term.
Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), a longtime and staunch advocate of federal technology and procurement policy, announced today he will not run for an eighth term.
“After much soul-searching and discussion with those closest to me, I have decided the time is right to take a sabbatical from public life,”
He added that he has not decided what to do next, but “it’s clear to me that returning to the private sector and reacquainting myself with that view of the world is the best move for me and my family.” He has spent 14 years in Congress.
“I want to emphasize that I am not closing the door on future public service, but after 29 years in office, winning 11 elections, I think it is time for a respite,”
"I was a little surprised he stepped down," said Bob Dix, who worked with
Dix, who now is vice president for government affairs at Juniper Networks, said
But the IT and procurement areas don't have a lot of members who care enough to focus on them.
"I hope others will step up to carry the torch on behalf of procurement and IT issues," Dix said. "Those will be big shoes to fill in the absence of a man who is an expert on these issues and brought many of these expertise to the local and national levels."
"Tom has shown a remarkable ability to blend the federal workforce and good government with the understanding of the role business plays and how to balance the three," said Stan Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council. "He has tremendous credibility on both sides of the aisle because he balances competing interests. His leadership will be missed."
Soloway added that
Soloway said he wasn't surprised
"I've heard he struggled with his decision," he added.
Phil Bond, president and chief executive officer of the Information Technology Association of America, also praised
“Tom Davis has been the ultimate champion for technology in Congress, particularly when it comes to bringing private-sector innovation to public service,” Bond said. “He has helped to tear down the wall between the federal government and commercial technologies.”
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