Bob Davis has launched his campaign for judge of the Hamilton County General Sessions Court, Division 1.
Mr. Davis said he pledges "to be fair, courteous, and to dispense justice. I promise to be open in my actions, to use judicial temperament, and to follow the law when elected Judge of Division 1."
A kickoff reception will be held for him on Thursday, April 20, in the Atrium at the Bessie Smith Museum from 5 to 7 p.m., hosted by his Campaign Committee.
Contributions should go to Dr. Janet Kelly Carr, Campaign Treasurer, P.O. Box 525, Ooltewah, Tn., 37363.
The general public is invited and may telephone (423) 267-0679 for more information.
Mr. Davis has 33 years of experience as a trial lawyer, of which two years were spent as city judge of Calhoun, Tn. His career has included over 30 years of sitting as special judge for Soddy Daisy City Court, Chattanooga City Court, Collegedale City Court, the Hamilton County General Sessions Courts Criminal and Civil Divisions, and for Judge Dixie Smith at Hamilton County Juvenile Court.
His campaign said, "Bob Davis is the only judicially-trained candidate with actual paid experience, serving on both sides of the court bench. For the last five years, Bob Davis has been a duly recognized Tennessee judge and member of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference, regularly attending the General Sessions Judges Training by the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts. Bob Davis was for over 10 years the designated special Judge for Judge Ray Dotson at Collegedale City Court. Bob Davis has also served as Special Counsel for the City of Chattanooga."
Attorney Davis is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga and has practiced law in all courts locally and has had jury and non-jury cases as far away as Georgia, Alabama, Washington, D.C., and Montana. He attended Tyner Jr. and Sr. High Schools, graduated in 1964, obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Memphis State University in 1968, and his Juris Doctorate Degree from the C.C. Humphreys School of Law at Memphis State University in 1973, after serving in the U.S. Army from 1969 through 1971 between his first and second years of law school.
Bob Davis was admitted to practice law in Tennessee in 1973, and admitted to the Washington D.C. Bar in 1974. He is admitted to the U. S. Supreme Court, the U. S. Tax Court, and all lower Courts. He is a 30-year member of the American Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Washington, D.C. Bar Association, and the Chattanooga Bar Association.
After law school, Bob Davis served as an attorney and tax law specialist with the National Office of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C., for two years, then served as an estate and gift tax attorney out of the Birmingham Internal Revenue Service Office for one year before returning home in 1976 to practice law in association with Attorney Arvin H. Reingold for two years.
Since 1978, Bob Davis has been a solo, self-employed attorney, trying jury and non-jury cases for his clients in all local city, state and federal courts. In 1980, he was recommended by the chancellors and then appointed by the Hamilton County Commission as the Hamilton County Public Guardian and Public Administrator, which he also served parttime for two years. From about 1983 and over 10 years, Bob Davis lectured in the evenings parttime at Chattanooga State Technical Community College teaching Business Law, Criminal Law & Procedure, and Sociology. Bob Davis also served on CSTCC's Advisory Committee for the Accounting Department for over 10 years. He also lectured at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, teaching Introduction to American Government.
In 2000, Bob Davis was appointed city judge for Calhoun, Tn., by its mayor and City Commission even though he resided in Chattanooga.
Mr. Davis is a 28-year member, a past president and chairman of the board, and a trustee of the Downtown Chattanooga Sertoma Club, supporting the Speech & Hearing Center children and Hearing Aid Bank. He received the President's Award for Outstanding Community Service in 1987 from the Downtown Chattanooga Sertoma Club. He is a charter member of the Red Bank Civil Air Patrol, Aquarium, and St. John's Methodist Church. He is a life member of the American Legion Post 95 in East Ridge, of the Chattanooga Chapter of Disabled Veterans Association, of the Vietnam Veterans Association of America Chapter 203, and of the Chattanooga Rifle Club and of the NRA. He is also a 15-year sponsor of Harrison Little League Ball Teams.
Bob Davis is a member and Trustee at Tyner United Methodist Church, and is a trained Assistant Scout Leader at Boy Scout Troop 254 at Tyner. He is a former member of Christ United Methodist Church, the East Chattanooga Methodist Church, and St. John's Methodist Church.
Bob Davis is also active in the Harrison Masonic Lodge, the Scottish and York Rites, Alhambra Shrine, and George C. Hudson High Twelve Club. He is a past president and Treasurer of the George C. Hudson High Twelve Club, past president of the Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky State Associations of High Twelve Clubs, and for the last 10 years has served as the International General Counsel for High Twelve International, Inc. He is a Past Patron of the East Ridge Order of Eastern Star, member of the Sunnyside Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. He is also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Bob Davis is married to Deborah Jean Davis, who is the budget manager for Hamilton County General Government. They have a son, Taylor Davis, who is a sophomore at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences and Black Belt in Karate. Bob Davis also has a daughter Emilee Wooten, wife of Brian Wooten, and a grandson, Skyler Craver, who is a freshman at Meigs County High School. Bob Davis is the son of Roy and Roberta Davis, who owned and operated many radio stations. Roy Davis has served as State Fire Marshall, Deputy Sheriff, and Assistant County Manager for Hamilton County. His sister, Carol Klemisch, is the wife of Tom Klemisch of Serodino Company and who is now the Commodore of the Chattanooga Yacht Club. Bob Davis was previously the campaign manager for Dalton Roberts, chairman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, and active in many other local charitable and civic organizations.