PRESS RELEASE: President Obama’s Ambassador to India Endorses Moe Davis for Congress




February 5, 2020





Richard Verma, who was U.S. Ambassador to India in the Obama Administration from 2014 to 2017 and Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs at the State Department from 2009 to 2011, has endorsed Democrat Moe Davis for Congress in the 11th District.

“Moe Davis will be a great Member of Congress, and I’m proud to support his candidacy.’’ Ambassador Verma wrote. “I first met then Major Davis over 25 years ago when he was my instructor at the Air Force Judge Advocate School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. Even then, he was a true leader, a great instructor, a terrific public servant and dedicated mentor.

“Over the course of his distinguished military career, he showed us what courage means, and what it means to be a terrific lawyer, a tough, but fair prosecutor, and someone who cares about justice and fairness. We need his courage, independence and commitment to others in the House now more than ever. His national security credentials, his legal skills and his deep commitment to North Carolina and the people of the 11th District will make him an outstanding Congressman. I’m honored to support him. I hope you will too.”

Davis, 61, grew up in Shelby, N.C. He attended Appalachian State in Boone, earned a law degree from North Carolina Central University and joined the Air Force in 1983, rising to Colonel in 2001 before retiring in 2008. He was Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay from 2005 to 2007, resigning his post after refusing an order to use evidence obtained through torture.

Davis was a Senior Specialist in National Security for Congress, a law professor at Howard University and most recently worked as a judge at the U.S. Department of Labor before moving back home to North Carolina and announcing a run for Congress. He lives in Asheville.

“I am deeply appreciative of Ambassador Verma’s endorsement in my run for the Democratic nomination in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District,’’ Davis said. “Since we first met in the 1990s when I was one of his instructors at the Air Force JAG School, he has had an incredible career in both the public and private sectors.  It was a pleasure to work with him again in 2008 when he was on the transition team for then President-elect Obama and I got to brief him and Secretary Jeh Johnson on Guantánamo and the military commissions just a few weeks before President Obama was inaugurated.

“Ambassador Verma and I share backgrounds in national security and common beliefs in preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and combatting terrorism while upholding America’s principles and values.”

Davis has been endorsed by nearly two dozen national and local leaders, from former Deputy Department of Labor Secretary Chris Lu to former Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith.

You can learn more about Moe Davis and his campaign at and follow him on Facebook at @MoeDavisforCongress and Twitter at @ColMorrisDavis.



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