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Mike Davis is the founder and president of the Article III Project (A3P), a new 501(c)(4) nonprofit group established to fight to confirm President Trump’s judicial nominees, defend these new judges from left-wing attacks, defend the integrity of the confirmation process, and fight back against the assault on judicial independence – including radical court-packing, term-limit, and even impeachment schemes.
Davis previously served as Chief Counsel for Nominations to Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary during the 115th Congress (2017-19). Davis led a team of attorneys, law clerks, and other professionals that advised Chairman Grassley and other senators on presidential nominations and Senate confirmations of federal judges, senior Justice Department officials, and other senior Executive Branch appointees. Davis served as the Chairman's staff lead for 30 hearings, 41 markup meetings, or floor votes for 278 nominees, including the confirmations of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and a record number of circuit judges confirmed during a president's first year and a president’s first two years in office. Davis also served as the Chairman's staff lead for the hearings for 50 judicial nominees, including 6 circuit nominees, readied for confirmation votes in 2019.
Before joining Chairman Grassley's team on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Davis, a former law clerk to Justice Neil Gorsuch, served as the "general" of Justice Gorsuch's outside support team for his successful confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States in 2017.
Davis has served in all three branches of the federal government, including for President George W. Bush, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Davis has also served in several capacities in the Justice Department, including as a federal prosecutor. Davis has assisted with hundreds of appointments to every part of the federal government, including Supreme Court justices, district and circuit judges, cabinet secretaries, ambassadors, heads of independent agencies, and sub-cabinet officials, along with members of boards, commissions, and delegations.
For nearly ten years before returning to public service in 2017, Davis was a civil litigator in Denver. Davis worked at one of the largest law firms in the world and one of the top-ranked law firms in Colorado, before starting and running his own law practice for over five years. Super Lawyers recognized Davis as a “Colorado Super Lawyer” in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017, along with a “Colorado Rising Star” in 2010, 2012, and 2013. In 2013, Colorado Business Magazine recognized Davis as a “Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals in Colorado.”
Davis is from Des Moines, Iowa. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 2000 and Juris Doctor in 2004, both from the University of Iowa. In 2017, Davis received Iowa Law’s “Emerging Leader Award.” Davis also serves on the University of Iowa Political Science Advisory Board.
What Others Are Saying About Davis:
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee under whom Davis served as chief counsel for nominations from 2017-19, said: “As my chief nominations counsel on the Judiciary Committee, Mike was a critical hand while we were breaking records confirming President Trump's appeals court judges. He advised and helped guide our team to success through the Democrats' partisan antics during the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh. For the next generation, the courts and the country will be well served by the strict-constructionist judges the Senate confirmed since January 2017. Mike's work was integral to that achievement."
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (retired), a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said: “The confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh was a critical moment in our nation’s history, where the integrity of the judiciary and the means that ensure its independence were put to the test. Mike was the tip of the spear in that process, helping Chairman Grassley ensure that while those on the other side made every attempt to circumvent the rules and process, Brett Kavanaugh was afforded the process and consideration he deserved.”
New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent Carl Hulse, in a profile of A3P, called Davis “a former Republican Senate and White House aide who was a central figure in the confirmations of Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh,” and “a take-no-prisoners conservative eager to challenge the left with hardball tactics.“ Hulse added that, now that Davis wants to “take the gloves off and put on the brass knuckles” in the fight for the judiciary, “[t]he idea that he has had gloves on might surprise some opponents who found him a fierce and combative adversary” in past confirmation battles.
In their new book The Hill To Die On, Politico reporters Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer called Davis "[t]he critical linchpin in McConnell’s quest to remake the nation's courts" (page 302).
The Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) awarded Davis its 2019 Betty Murphy Award for his record-breaking work on judicial nominations.
Above The Law’s David Lat called Davis "[a] critical staffer on judicial nominations. . . . I refer to Davis as ‘critical,’ but that might be an understatement. He played a crucial role in the Trump judicial revolution, which is why the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) recently honored him with the 2019 Betty Murphy Award."
"Mike Davis, a Republican lawyer who helped win confirmation of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh." - POLITICO
"Mike Davis helped get Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh through Senate." - Patrick Gregory, Bloomberg Law