Hardie Davis, Jr.
Mayor of Augusta, Georgia
Hardie Davis' rise to service, as the 84th Mayor of Augusta, Georgia is a unique story rooted in an abiding faith. Born to Hardie and Delois Davis, Mayor Davis grew up in Forsyth, Georgia, and relocated to Augusta in 1985. His parents instilled within him the values of hard work, respect for his fellow man, and service to others.
Mayor Davis is an electrical engineer and his career includes 24 years of system, automation, and controls engineering in addition to his public service, which spans three years as a State Representative and five years as a State Senator in the Georgia General Assembly. A distinguished lawmaker while in the state legislature, Mayor Davis served as Chairman of the Interstate Cooperation Committee and an active member of the Economic Development, Ethics, Finance, and Higher Education State Senate Committees.
Mayor Davis is a founding member and the immediate past president of the African American Mayor's Association. He also serves as Director At-Large for the Georgia Municipal Association. Nationally, Mayor Davis currently serves on the Executive Committee of the United States Conference of Mayors and as Co-Chair of the Technology & Innovation Task Force.
During his tenure as Mayor, Augustans have seen tremendous economic growth and development, public and private sector investments, as well as global recognition. Significant accomplishments to date include a reduction to the city unemployment rate to under 4%, the establishment of the $126 million dollar Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center in collaboration with the State of Georgia, City of Augusta, and Augusta University, achieving the highest bond rating in city history of Aa2 and the transformative rollout of Open Augusta, the financial transparency database for the City of Augusta which allows stakeholders direct access to government spending. Under the leadership of Mayor Davis, Augusta is a place of opportunity for everyone and continues to be a place of choice in the State of Georgia and the Nation.
A revered statesman, Mayor Davis has been recognized by numerous community and philanthropic organizations as well as constituent groups, to include but not limited to Georgia Bio, The Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Smart Cities New York, Smart Cities Atlanta and the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education. Mayor Davis has also consistently been featured in Georgia Trend magazine's annual list of 100 Most Influential Georgians.
Mayor Davis is a product of Richmond County Schools graduating from Hephzibah High School and receiving a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Degree from Georgia Tech. He earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Christian Life School of Theology. Through his stewardship, he founded Abundant Life Worship Center in Augusta, Georgia where he serves as senior pastor.
Mayor Davis resides in South Augusta with his wife of 25 years, Evett, their son, Benjamin Joshua and their family dog, Diego.