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Former United States Attorney Bart M. Davis

  Bart M. Davis

Former United States Attorney


Bart M. Davis United States Attorney District of Idaho

Bart M. Davis was appointed United States Attorney on September 21, 2017.  At the time of his appointment, Mr. Davis was serving his eighth term as Idaho Senate Majority Leader.  He had been a member of the Idaho Senate since 1998 and Majority Leader since 2002.  Mr. Davis actively serves on the following three Attorney General Advisory Council subcommittees and working groups: Native American Issues Subcommittee, Border and Immigration Subcommittee, and Marijuana Working Group.

Mr. Davis graduated with a B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1978 and went on to complete his J.D. at the University of Idaho College of Law in 1980.  Following his graduation from law school, he began his legal career in Idaho Falls practicing commercial, construction, business, real property, and bankruptcy law.  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.  Mr. Davis has been awarded the prestigious “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

In 2001 Mr. Davis became a commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL).  He served on the Committee on Relations with other Organizations, Committee on Federalism and State Law, and History Committee.  He was also the past chairman for The Council of State Governments (CSG).  As a member of the CSG and CSG-WEST, Senator Davis' service included: CSG Chair, CSG-West Chair, Governing Board & Executive Committees, 21st Century Foundation, Committee on Suggested State Legislation, Co-Chair - International Committee, Chair - Futures Committee, Chair - Toll Fellows Selection Committee, Chair - Legal Task Force (12 member “Federalism” national task force to determine amicus curiae participation before the US Supreme Court), National Governance Working Group (organic instruments), and CSG-West Working Group Chair.  In 1999, he was awarded the Toll Fellowship.  Mr. Davis was also a past Trustee of the Museum of Idaho.

Mr. Davis is active in the Idaho State Bar (ISB).  He served the state bar, federal bar, and the Idaho Supreme Court in many ways, including 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 is a frequent speaker at legal continuing education programs.  He was a founding board member and past-chair of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section.  He was also the chair and member of the University of Idaho College of Law Advisory Council, and on the 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), and author of Idaho’s Messy History with Term Limits: A Modest Response, 52 University of Idaho College of Law Review 463 (2016).

Mr. Davis has been designated as Idaho Fraternal Order of Police 2016 Legislator of the Year and has been honored as a recipient of the 2011 Angel in Adoption Award, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute; Cesar Chavez/Dolores Huerta Farmworker Justice Award; ISB Professionalism Award, Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section; and Special Recognition for Extraordinary Contributions to the Improved Administration of Justice in Idaho, Idaho Judicial Conference 2010.

Mr. Davis was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, but raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  He and his wife, Marion, have six children and fourteen grandchildren.  He enjoys golf, is active in his church and is a member of the Rotary Club.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow.

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