Integrity means doing what is right even when no one else is looking. Historian, David Barton said it is more important to measure a candidate by how his life stacks up with "The Ten Commandments" than any other qualification. Part of how this country got into the mess it is in today stems from elected officials who say one thing, and then live another way.
Rep. Cynthia Davis is different. She has been faithful to her marriage vows for over 31 years. Perhaps having seven children has helped her develop skills in sniffing out lies and demanding accountability. Unlike most typical "politicians", she doesn't throw away her principles depending on where she is, who is watching and who's the highest bidder.
As a successful business woman, Rep. Davis and her husband built Back to Basics Christian Bookstore from scratch, opening in 1989 and serving as the general contractor on the construction on a new building. Operating an independent retail book and gift shop for over 23 years allowed Rep. Davis to see first hand how government can adopt laws that are counter-productive and hurt "the goose that lays the golden eggs."
In 1994, Rep. Davis decided to do something about the non-responsive government in O'Fallon and ran for City Council, winning five consecutive elections to that office. From there, she was elected to four terms in the Missouri House of Representatives.
While serving in the Missouri State Legislature, Rep. Davis demonstrated her capacity to administrate "party discipline" by being appointed by the Speaker of the House to be a Majority Floor Whip, Chairman of two legislative committees and Vice-Chair of two other legislative committees.
Some of her legislative successes include being the first legislator to file the Healthcare Freedom Act, the impetus behind the successful "Proposition C" protecting our state from Obama's national healthcare mandate. Rep. Davis is also credited for removing abortion providers from our public school classrooms. As the Chairman of the Children and Families Committee, Rep. Davis was a tireless champion of parental rights, protecting the unborn and marriage legislation. She won the prestigious award named after John Locke and Adam Smith for being the most constitutional legislator in Missouri, awarded by The Y.O.U.N.G. Conservatives of America
While serving in the Missouri State Legislature, Rep. Davis also was elected by her party to serve as a Republican State Committeewoman, as the Vice-Chairman of the First Capitol Federation of Republican Women and was elected to three terms as a Republican Committeewoman for her township. In her last term of the state legislature, the Republican Central Committee elected Rep. Davis to serve as the Chairman of the St. Charles County Republican Central Committee. After devoting many years in an effort to reform the Republican Party from within, Rep. Davis concluded it was a futile effort as she saw the Republican Party moving towards a bigger government agenda every year. In July 2011, Rep. Davis left the Republican Party and joined the Constitution Party. Click here to read her letter to the Republican Party.
After being term limited out of office in January 2011, Rep. Davis accepted a position as the Executive Director for the Center for Marriage policy and became an Executive Board Member for Pure Hope (Formerly known as the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families). She, along with most constitutionally minded supporters, continued observing that even with a super-majority in both the House and Senate, the Republicans are continuing to push the agenda of bigger government and more spending. Without a real choice on the ballot, there is little hope that the Republicans can reform their insatiable desire for money and power over serving the people. Rep. Davis has the fortitude and the moxie to stand up for what is right regardless of the consequences.