Gray Davis

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Gray Davis
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37th Governor of California
In office
January 4, 1999 – November 17, 2003
Lieutenant Cruz Bustamante
Preceded by Pete Wilson
Succeeded by Arnold Schwarzenegger
44th Lieutenant Governor of California
In office
January 2, 1995 – January 4, 1999
Governor Pete Wilson
Preceded by Leo T. McCarthy
Succeeded by Cruz Bustamante
Controller of California
In office
January 5, 1987 – January 2, 1995
Governor George Deukmejian
Pete Wilson
Preceded by Kenneth Cory
Succeeded by Kathleen Connell
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 43rd district
In office
Preceded by Howard Berman
Succeeded by Terry Friedman
Chief of Staff to the Governor of California
In office
Governor Jerry Brown
Preceded by Edwin Meese
Succeeded by B. T. Collins
Personal details
Born Joseph Graham Davis Jr.
(1942-12-26) December 26, 1942 (age 75)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sharon Ryer (1980–present)
Education Stanford University (BA)
Columbia University (JD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1967–1969
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Bronze Star

Joseph Graham "Gray" Davis, Jr. (born December 26, 1942) is an American retired politician and attorney.

Davis served as the 37th Governor of California from 1999 to 2003. He was a member of the Democratic Party, only months into his second term, in 2003 Davis was recalled and removed from office, the second state governor successfully recalled in U.S. history.[1]

Before serving as governor, Davis was chief of staff to Governor Jerry Brown (1975–81), a California State Assemblyman (1983–87), California State Controller (1987–95) and the 44th Lieutenant Governor of California (1995–99).

Davis holds a B.A. in history from Stanford University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his service as a Captain in the Vietnam War.

References[change | change source]

  1. Salladay, Robert. State of Transition: End of the Davis era, Tempered temperament led state. The San Francisco Chronicle. Wednesday, November 12, 2003. Retrieved August 22, 2007.

Other websites[change | change source]

Quotations related to Gray Davis at Wikiquote Media related to Gray Davis at Wikimedia Commons

  • Gray Davis Digital Library (active web site, launched 2006)
  • Gray Davis on IMDb
  • "Interview With California Governor Gray Davis, Wife Sharon Davis (CNN Larry King Live, 05 October 2003)". Archived from the original on 2014-08-29. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
  • Department of Energy article on Davis' energy conservation efforts
  • Davis Appearances on C-SPAN