Bob Davis, Jr.
Bob Davis, Jr. currently serves as President of RJD Group in Nashville, Tennessee, and has over 25 years of experience in government relations and political consulting. He has built a solid reputation as one of the most respected consultants in the country. An effective communicator, Bob is a great connector of public and private industry and has a keen awareness on how to manage any public relations situation.
Bob is a 7th generation east Tennessean and was raised in Maryville. Bob’s parents were both lifelong educators and his father was part of the greatest generation where he served in Europe during WWII. Bob’s first involvement in government came in 1978 when he organized and registered fellow high school students to vote for Lamar Alexander in his bid to become governor. Bob has consulted with hundreds of candidates for federal, state and local office. He also served as a Congressional District Coordinator for President George Herbert Walker Bush in his 1988 campaign for president.
For eight years Bob served as Senator Fred Thompson’s top aide in Tennessee where he held the position of State Director in Thompson’s U.S. Senate office. He also was the Campaign Manager for Senator Thompson’s successful re-election campaign in 1996 where Thompson captured more votes than any other candidate previously in Tennessee history.
In 2003, Bob was named Deputy Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party by State House Speaker Beth Harwell. Bob worked closely with Speaker Harwell and Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and played an integral role in helping Republicans gain majority status in the state senate for the first time in 140 years. In December of 2004, the State Executive Committee unanimously elected Bob Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party and on January 19, 2005, Bob was appointed to the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C. In December 2006, Bob was unanimously re-elected Chairman.
On August 4, 2007 Bob resigned to become a Senior Advisor to Presidential candidate Senator Fred Thompson. Bob traveled extensively with Senator Thompson and provided daily counsel throughout the campaign. In 2008, Bob started his own business venture and became President of RJD Group, servicing business and political clients in Tennessee and across the country. His broad relationships range from county officials, to the state legislature, to cabinet members in the governor’s office, to members of congress.
Bob is a 1984 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a BS in Communications. Bob and his wife Linda have two children, a 21-year-old daughter Ashton and a 17-year-old son Reese. Bob is involved in numerous philanthropic causes and is a Board Member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. In 2010 he was inducted into the Blount County Alumni Wall of Fame given to individuals as a result of their professional accomplishments, leadership, and contributions made to mankind as role models for future leaders. Bob and his family are members of Forest Hills Baptist Church in Nashville.
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