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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis On Health Care And Other Issues In Illinois’ 13th Congressional Race

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio
Republican Rodney Davis is hoping for a fifth term in Illinois' 13th Congressional District. He knows he's in for a tough fight, taking on Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan in a high-profile rematch from 2018.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, is the latest guest on Politically Speaking. He joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jaclyn Driscoll and Eric Schmid to talk about the closely watched congressional race in Illinois’ 13th District, which includes part of the Metro East. This year’s contest is a rematch of 2018's, when Davis narrowly defeated Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan by 2,058 votes.

Here’s what Davis discussed on the show:

  • The Affordable Care Act and how he would address holes in the nation’s health care system that have been exposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • His personal experience with COVID-19 and the national response to the pandemic. Davis also discussed what he’d like the government to do to better prepare for future pandemic threats once the virus is under control.
  • The cost of attending college and ways he sees to alleviate the large amount of student loan debt.

Davis was first elected to the U.S. House in 2012 after working for U.S. Rep. John Shimkus for more than a decade.

Londigran is slated to appear on Politically Speaking this month.

Follow Jaclyn Driscoll on Twitter: @DriscollNPR

Follow Eric Schmid on Twitter: @EricDSchmid

Follow Rodney Davis on Twitter: @RodneyDavis

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Eric Schmid covers business and economic development for St. Louis Public Radio.
Jaclyn is the Jefferson City statehouse reporter for St. Louis Public Radio.