Al Davis for Legislature

About Al Davis

Party Affiliation: Republican

Legislative service:

Al was elected to the Legislature in 2012. During the first two years, Al served on the Judiciary, Education, and Retirement Committees as well as several special committees. During his second two years, Al moved to the Revenue Committee and the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and remained on the Retirement Committee.


Al has devoted his adult life to the promotion of the cattle business, the improvement and preservation of the land, the enhancement of the quality of schools in District 43, and the cultural enrichment, economic development, and survival of our cities and towns.

Al graduated from Hyannis High School in 1970, and attended Creighton University in Omaha. He graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in History and Economics, and did post-graduate study in International Marketing. He also spent a year studying theatre in New York City. Al married his wife, Dottie, In 1992. Dottie is a life-long Nebraskan from a family of 12 children.

Al's family settled in the Sandhills in 1888 and worked diligently to build a future on grassland that his grandfather, AT Davis, homesteaded north of Hyannis. After AT's death in 1915, Al's grandmother, Essie Davis, with an infant son, took the reins. She became one of Nebraska's more well-known and successful women. In 1940, she was the first woman to receive the Nebraska Master Farmer Award and, in 1963, received the Nebraska Builder Award from UNL. His father, Thane Davis, ranched all his life and was very active in Nebraska, serving on the State Highway Commission for 16 years. Al's mother, Jean Kennedy Davis, was also from a pioneering family in Box Butte County, where her father practiced dentistry. The six Kennedy children were great contributors to the development of the Nebraska Panhandle.

Memberships & Service, Current

  • Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska, founding and current member & Treasurer
  • Cattlemen's Beef Board, Board member, current member
  • R-Calf USA, current member
  • Nebraska Farmer's Union, current member
  • Nebraska Farm Bureau, current member
  • National Rifle Association
  • Sandhills Cattle Association, current member, Past Board member & officer
  • Board member of the Organization for Competitive Markets
  • All Saints Catholic Church, Hyannis, lifetime member

Prior memberships and positions:

  • United States Cattlemen's Association
  • Farm Credit Services Nominating Committee
  • Hyannis Area School boards, as President, & Treasurer
  • Red Mill Public School, Board member, President,
  • Treasurer, & Secretary
  • Congressman Tom Osborne's Agricultural Advisory Committee
  • Class I's United, Charter Board member
  • Friends of Rural Education, Charter Board member
  • All Saints Catholic Church, lifetime member
  • Sandhills Fire Protection District, Prior Board member & officer,
  • Windmill Country Tourism Committee
  • Mari Sandoz Society, Charter Board member
  • Nebraska Community Foundation, Board member
  • Hyannis Village Players, Founding Member; President
  • Nebraska Arts Council, Board member
  • Hyannis Arts Council, Founding member, Coordinator
  • Northwest Nebraska Arts Consortium, Founding member; President