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DAVIS, SUSAN, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 9
Total cost of trips - $29,727.20

Average cost per trip - $3,303.02
Total number of days spent traveling - 37 days
Rank of representative - 222 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Conference
Notes - Spouse Dr Steven J Davis accompanied. Other costs are for registration fee. Meals included in lodging cost

Travel Cost - $252.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $1,352.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - California Council for International Trade
Dates - January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Gave remarks and presided over panel at Monterey Congressional Forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,058.50
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $85.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,293.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Dr Steve Davis accompanied. Meals included in lodging cost.

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,035.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,035.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - California Council for International Trade
Dates - January 10, 2003 - January 12, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Part of legislative panel
Notes -

Travel Cost - $942.00
Lodging Cost - $183.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,250.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - August 2, 2003 - August 10, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Jerusalem, Israel

Purpose - Education mission
Notes - Spouse Dr Steve Davis accompanied. Other costs are for registration and transportation

Travel Cost - $7,308.00
Lodging Cost - $2,571.40
Meal Cost - $754.50
Other Cost - $817.40
Total Cost - $11,451.30

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands
Dates - December 5, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Westin Mission Hills, CA

Purpose - Bipartisan legislative planning session
Notes - Dr. Steve Davis, spouse-lodging costs n/a-other cost group activities

Travel Cost - $243.36
Lodging Cost - $399.96
Meal Cost - $716.86
Other Cost - $40.74
Total Cost - $1,400.92

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Selma, AL

Purpose - Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Washington, DC - Selma, AL - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - April 28, 2005 - May 1, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Democratic Leadership Council spring retreat
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans, LA - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $1,546.11
Lodging Cost - $566.74
Meal Cost - $160.63
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,273.48

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - To participate in a conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes - San Diego - Dublin, Ireland - Washington, DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $5,584.00
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $1,400.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $8,746.00

Additional family members - Yes