Rep. Susan Davis was first elected to Congress in 2000 as the representative from California’s 53rd Congressional District. During the 110th Congress, Rep. Davis served as the Chairwoman of the Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Personnel. The Congresswoman’s personal connection to Israel, forged decades ago when she lived as a volunteer on Kibbutz Degania Bet, has helped to make her one of Capitol Hill’s most consistent champions for Middle East peace. After returning from Israel, Davis earned a master’s degree in social work at the University of North Carolina. She served in the California Assembly from 1994 to 2000 before winning election to Congress.