- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 6, 2007

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Davis, who represented southeastern Virginia for seven years, died this morning after a two-year battle with breast cancer, her office said.

Mrs. Davis, 57, died at her home in Gloucester.

Mrs. Davis, a Republican, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and had a reoccurrence earlier this year. Her health took a turn for the worse during the past week, her office said.

She was first elected to Congress in 2000, and was a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Her first piece of legislation, passed by the House in 2001, increased the life insurance benefit paid to survivors of military members killed on duty.

Before Congress, Mrs. Davis served in the Virginia House of Delegates. She was a former real estate broker and a horse enthusiast.

She underwent chemotherapy treatments and a mastectomy when she was first diagnosed in 2005. When her cancer returned, she underwent chemotherapy again and often monitored hearings from home.

She is survived by her husband, Chuck, two sons and a granddaughter.

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