Early life and education
Sharice Davids (born May 22, 1980) is an American attorney and politician from the state of Kansas. She is the member-elect for the United States House of Representatives for Kansas's 3rd congressional district.
Davids is a member of the Ho-Chunk nation. Her maternal grandfather, Fredrick J. Davids, a 30-year Army veteran, was born into the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans, in Oneida, Wisconsin. Sharice was raised by his daughter, Crystal Herriage, a single mother who served in the U.S. Army. Davids attended Leavenworth High School, Haskell Indian Nations University, University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, and University of Missouri–Kansas City, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2007. Davids earned her Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in 2009.
Mixed martial arts career
Davids began fighting mixed martial arts as an amateur in 2006, and went professional in 2013. She had a 5–1 win–loss record as an amateur and a 1–1 record as a professional. She tried out for The Ultimate Fighter but did not make it onto the show, allowing her to shift her focus away from MMA
Davids began her legal career at SNR Denton in 2010. She later directed community and economic development for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and opened her own business, Hoka Coffee. In 2016, she worked as a White House Fellow in the Department of Transportation during the transition between the Obama and Trump administrations.
Davids ran for the United States House of Representatives in Kansas's 3rd congressional district against Kevin Yoder, and won the seat during the November 6, 2018 election. This made her the first openly gay Native American in Congress, the first openly LGBTQ member of the Kansas congressional delegation, the first openly gay person representing Kansas on the federal level, and along with Deb Haaland one of the first Native American women in Congress.