On September 21, 2017, Bart M. Davis was sworn into the office of the U.S Attorney for the District of Idaho, a position that adds to his collection of political and judicial accomplishments throughout his life.
Davis served eight terms as the senate majority leader for Idaho, as well as a commissioner or chairman of several legal committees. He’s been a busy man since he graduated from Brigham Young University in 1978. As a U.S attorney, things didn’t get any easier.
“As the chief federal law enforcement officer, it’s my responsibility to represent the United States of America both in criminal prosecutions and in civil litigation, and I am honored to work with and supervise about a little more than 60 full-time career Department of Justice professionals,” Davis said in an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio.
Throughout his career working for the state in one way or another, Davis thanks the people in his life that mean the most to him.
“’I was born of goodly parents,’ and I married a terrific woman who has let me chase after just about every crazy dream or idea that I can come up with,” he said.
It’s been a little over three years now, but Davis already finds himself at the end of his road as the U.S Attorney. He is resigning and will officially leave his office on Feb. 28.
Davis said the best thing about working as a U.S. Attorney was being able to work with the colleagues he supervised.
“Everyday, they are among the best of the best. If you were to be able to see what I see and from the vantage point that I have, and watch how our law enforcement work together in a joint matter, you’d just say ‘wow, I had no idea.’ I know I didn’t, and I was majority leader for a while,” he said.
His future is still undecided, but Davis knows one thing he wants to do in the immediate future. He wants to spend more time with his family.
“As we’re able to safely travel during this difficult pandemic time, I’d think we’d like to go and see a couple of our children who don’t live in Idaho, and we are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I think we’d like to serve a mission at some point,” said Davis.
Regardless of what happens next, Davis has some advice for the person who takes his place, and it’s advice that he’s received from other past U.S Attorneys.
“Trust the women and men of your office, they want more than anything else to do justice,” he said.