Civil Rights

Affirming Equality for Women

A longtime supporter of the rights of women, Susan is a leader in Congress on women’s issues.  In each Congress, she is a cosponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment to ensure the equality of all Americans regardless of gender.

Susan is also a proud supporter of the Paycheck Fairness Act.  Women still only earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.  The enactment of this legislation would provide a much-needed update to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by providing effective remedies to women who are not being paid equal wages for doing equal work.

Susan is an original cosponsor of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers, such as permission to use a stool while working a cash register, or carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated, or temporary reassignment to lighter duty tasks. It will also prevent employers from forcing women out on leave. These protections would allow pregnant women to keep working and supporting their families while maintaining healthy pregnancies. 

Ensuring Supreme Court Access for Servicemembers

The words on the United States Supreme Court building read “Equal Justice Under Law.”  Yet some U.S. service members are denied access to the nation’s highest court.  That is why Susan reintroduced legislation to fix this inequity in the military justice system.

The Equal Justice for Our Military Act would eliminate a troubling disparity in current law by allowing court-martialed service members whose cases involve extraordinary circumstances to appeal for Supreme Court review. Furthermore, the bill would allow service members to appeal to the Supreme Court in cases where their petitions for review by the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces have been denied as well as allow the Supreme Court discretionary review of certain cases, provisions supported by the American Bar Association.

Ending LGBT Discrimination

Susan has consistently supported legislation that would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Susan is also working to protect students from bullying Helping to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was one of Susan’s proudest legislative accomplishments.and discrimination due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. She has a perfect lifetime record on LGBT issues according to the Human Rights Campaign

Juror Non-Discrimination

With Americans being kicked off juries because their sexual orientation, Susan introduced the Juror Non-Discrimination Act to prohibit a person from being removed from a jury because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  The federal government already prohibits juror discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and economic status. 

Student Non-Discrimination and Putting an End to Bullying

Our public schools should be free of discrimination and harassment. Susan is a cosponsor of the Student Non-Discrimination Act to protect students from being excluded from federally assisted education programs because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill considers harassment as a form of discrimination and prohibits retaliation against those who refuse to take part in bullying or harassment.

Susan is a cosponsor of the Safe Schools Improvement Act to require schools to put in place policies to prevent bullying and ensure a student’s ability to safely participate in school activities.

Susan joined as an original cosponsor in introducing a sweeping LGBT anti-discrimination bill. The Equality Act also includes language from Davis’s bill ensuring jury service protections for LGBT individuals.

The Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which Susan is cosponsoring, would prohibit discrimination against LGBT Americans in their effort to become an adoptive or foster parent.

Susan supports appointing a special envoy in the Department of State to encourage LGBT equality around the world. The International Human Rights Defense Act would put the United States at the forefront of global LGBT human rights protections.

Justice Reform

In response to the rising tensions between police and communities, Susan is cosponsoring a package of bills to reform our justice system.

Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act requires de-escalation training for law enforcement agencies that receive federal funds. Local authorities need the resources and training to be able to defuse a situation without violence.

Police CAMERA Act provides federal resources for state and local law enforcement agencies to develop safe and effective body-worn camera programs.

Sentencing Reform Act reduces some federal mandatory minimum drug sentences, reduces the three-strikes mandatory life sentence to 25 years, and provides judges with greater discretion. It allows for retroactive application of these reductions. Judges would ultimately determine appropriate sentence reduction to ensure violent criminals are not released early.

Susan supported legislation to help state and local leaders reduce juvenile crime with programs that will better serve at-risk and youth offenders.  Davis is an original cosponsor of the Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act. 

More on Civil Rights

Aug 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, joined more than 50 House colleagues in urging Defense Secretary Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Dunford to reject Trump’s ban on transgender servicemembers.  

Aug 2, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), ranking member of the Higher Education Subcommittee, released the following statement on reports that the Trump Administration plans to sue colleges and universities over affirmative action.

Jul 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on President Trump’s tweets on banning transgender Americans from serving in the military.

“The one thing this President needs to convey to our transgender servicemembers and veterans is gratitude – gratitude that they stood up and raised their right hand and said, ‘Send me.’ They volunteered for our country courageously and they continue to serve. 

Jul 24, 2017 In The News

When I put an LGBTQ rainbow Pride flag outside my Washington office in March 2015, it was to little fanfare. I also display one outside my office in San Diego.

San Diego has a large and vibrant LGBTQ population, and the rainbow flag outside my office is a source of pride for my constituents and me. It only made sense to display it. It is a symbol of our commitment to full equality.

Jul 24, 2017 Editorial

When I put an LGBTQ rainbow Pride flag outside my Washington office in March 2015, it was to little fanfare. I also display one outside my office in San Diego.

San Diego has a large and vibrant LGBTQ population, and the rainbow flag outside my office is a source of pride for my constituents and me. It only made sense to display it. It is a symbol of our commitment to full equality.

Jul 19, 2017 In The News

Rep. Susan Davis and three other House members have been sued for displaying a rainbow flag in the hallways outside of their Capitol Hill offices.

The plaintiff: Chris Sevier, an attorney who has an ongoing campaign against same-sex marriage and has also unsuccessfully sued states for the right to marry a laptop computer, to make a point about rulings on same-sex marriage.

Jul 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis released the following statement in response to a lawsuit filed against her, and three of her colleagues, for flying an LGBTQ Pride Flag outside her Washington D.C. office.

“As the proud representative of the heart of LGBTQ San Diego, the rainbow flag in front of my DC office is a source of pride for me and my constituents.  It is a symbol of our commitment to full equality.

Jun 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The words on the United States Supreme Court building read “Equal Justice Under Law.”  Yet some servicemembers are denied access to our nation’s highest court.  To correct this inequity in the military justice system, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) introduced legislation to grant these service members access to the Supreme Court.

Apr 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – April 4, Equal Pay Day, marks the extra days into the new year a woman would have to work to earn as much as a man. Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) cosponsored legislation to strengthen the Equal Pay Act. Davis joined Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) in cosponsoring the bill in the House and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the companion legislation in the Senate. has been working to close the wage gap that still exists between women and men.

Mar 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) introduced the Juror Non-Discrimination Act to prohibit removal from a jury based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA) joined Davis as lead cosponsor of the bill. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.