Thomas Davis was elected to his position in July 2001 in Chicago.
An IATSE member since 1977, Davis has been an active member of Local 80, initially serving as an Executive Board of Local 80 in 1984. He served as the union's Vice President from 1992 through 1998. During that time, Davis was also hired as an organizer for the Local. In 1998, he was elected as Business Representative for Local 80.
Davis has been active in unions since he was a teen, working with the AFL-CIO youth group "Front Lash." In the early 1990's Davis became involved with the United Farm Workers in their struggle to achieve the basics of human dignity. In 1982, Davis also served as a delegate for the California State Labor Federation.