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Marine Log

October 7, 2007

American shipbuilding loses a champion

The U.S. shipbuilding industry has lost one of its strongest congressional advocates. Representative Jo Ann Davis, Republican of Virginia, died on Saturday, October 6, after a two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 57.

First elected to Congress in November of 2000, Jo Ann Davis represented Virginia's First District, where she succeeded Congressman Herbert H. Bateman. Like him, she was a staunch advocate of the U.S. shipbuilding industry.

Appropriately, she was honored last year as the 2006 recipient of the Herbert H. Bateman Award. Established by the American Shipbuilding Association in 2000. the award is the shipbuilding industry's highest recognition of an individual in the Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, or industry who has demonstrated years of consistent, outstanding, and inspirational leadership in fighting for a stronger shipbuilding industry.

Representative Davis received the reward for her work as a tireless leader in Congress in promoting a strong shipbuilding industry. She was the founding co-chair of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, and in 18 months had grown it to over 100 members.

Memorial services for Representative Davis will be Wednesday and Thursday and will be open to members of the public, her office said Sunday evening.

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, a memorial service will be held at the World Outreach Worship Center, 1233 Shields Road, Newport News.

And at 1 p.m. Thursday, a funeral service will be conducted at the Lighthouse Worship Center, 4299 George Washington Memorial Highway, Hayes.

Read The Virginian-Pilot obituary