Bart Davis Profile

Bart M. Davis was born in South Dakota in 1955, but raised in Idaho. He has been married to Marion Woffinden Davis since 1976, has six children, twelve grandchildren, and he enjoys golf. He is active in his church and Rotary Club. He is a Paul Harris Fellow.

Mr. Davis received a B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1978 and J.D. in 1980 from University of Idaho. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of Idaho, United States District Court, District of Idaho and District of Arizona, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court. He was co-counsel on a tax case before the United States Supreme Court in 1990 (Davis vs. United States of America, 495 U.S. 472). He practices in the areas of construction, real property, business, and commercial law including bankruptcy.

Since 2001, Mr. Davis has been a commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL). He serves on the Committee on Relations with other Organizations, Committee on Federalism and State Law, and History Committee.

In 1998 Senator Davis was elected to the Idaho State Senate. Currently, he is the Idaho Senate Majority Leader, a member of Legislative Council, and a board member of the Idaho Bond Bank Authority. He is a commissioner on the Governor’s Leadership in Nuclear Energy Commission. He chaired several interim committees, including Guardianship/Conservatorship and Task Force to Study Campaign Financing for Judicial Elections. He previously served Idaho's Governors as a member of the Family Farm Security Task Force, the Safety in Public Schools Task Force, and he chaired the Eastern Idaho State Park Search Committee. He also served on Idaho’s Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Capitol Restoration Advisory Committee on Legislative Relocation.

As a member of the Council of State Governments and CSG-WEST, Senator Davis' service includes: CSG past chair, CSG-West past chair, Governing Board & Executive Committees, Committee on Suggested State Legislation, International Committee, Futures Committee past chairman, Toll Fellows Selection Committee past chairman, and Legal Task Force (12 member “Federalism” national task force to determine amicus curiae participation before the US Supreme Court). In 1999 Senator Davis was awarded the Toll Fellowship.

Mr. Davis is active in the Idaho State Bar. He served the state bar and the Idaho Supreme Court as a member of the Guardianship/Conservatorship Committee and the Judicial Independence and Integrity Committee. He served the federal courts for six years as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (including Conference Executive Committee), eleven years on the Bankruptcy Court Rules Committee (Recorder from 1998 to 2001), Chapter 13 Plan Subcommittee (Reporter), and Long Range Planning Committee. He was a founding board member and past chairman of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section. He is also the chairman and member of the University of Idaho College of Law Advisory Council, Idaho Law Review Advisory Board, and the 2007 College of Law Conclave. Mr. Davis is a co-author of Use of Legislative History: Willow Witching for Legislative Intent, 43 University of Idaho College of Law Review 585 (2007).

Mr. Davis has been honored as a recipient of the Angel in Adoption Award, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute 2011; Special Recognition for Extraordinary Contributions to the Improved Administration of Justice in Idaho, Idaho Judicial Conference 2010; Professor Boyd A. Martin Award, Idaho Association of Cities; Outstanding Republican Elected Official Award by Region VII, Idaho Republican Party; 2009 Legislator of the Year, Idaho State Republican Party; Leadership to Eastern Idaho Award, Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce; Cesar Chavez/Dolores Huerta Farmworker Justice Award; Professionalism Award, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section, Idaho State Bar; and 2009 Leadership Award and 2004 Shooting Star Award, State Government Affairs Council. He was also honored to participate with the American Jewish Committee and the Council of State Governments on the Project Israel Interchange. Mr. Davis is a Trustee of the Museum of Idaho.