Bob Davis, Jr.

Bob Davis, Jr.

President of RJD Group, Inc.

Bob Davis, Jr. currently serves as President of RJD Group in Nashville, Tennessee, and has nearly 40 years of experience in government relations and political consulting. He has built a solid reputation as one of the most respected consultants in the country. An effective communicator, Bob is a great connector of public and private industry and has a keen awareness on how to manage any public relations situation. Bob provides strategic counseling, crisis communications management, messaging, media relations, grass tops implementation and non-profit development.

Bob Davis is a 7th generation east Tennessean and was raised in Maryville. Bob’s parents were both lifelong educators and his father was part of the greatest generation where he served in Europe during WWII. Bob’s first involvement in government came in 1978 when he organized and registered fellow high school students to vote for Lamar Alexander in his bid to become governor. Bob has consulted with hundreds of candidates for federal, state and local office. He also served as a Congressional District Coordinator for President George Herbert Walker Bush in his 1988 campaign for president.

For eight years Bob Davis served as Senator Fred Thompson’s top aide in Tennessee where he held the position of State Director in Thompson’s U.S. Senate office. He also was the Campaign Manager for Senator Thompson’s successful re-election campaign in 1996 where Thompson captured more votes than any other candidate previously in Tennessee history.

In 2003, Bob Davis was named Deputy Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party by State House Speaker Beth Harwell. Bob worked closely with Speaker Harwell and Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and played an integral role in helping Republicans gain majority status in the state senate for the first time in 140 years. In December of 2004, the State Executive Committee unanimously elected Bob Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party and on January 19, 2005, Bob was appointed to the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C. In December 2006, Bob was again unanimously re-elected Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party.

On August 4, 2007 Bob resigned to become a Senior Advisor to Presidential candidate Senator Fred Thompson. Bob traveled extensively with Senator Thompson and provided daily counsel, crisis communications and overall strategic message throughout the campaign. In 2008, Bob Davis started his own business venture and became President of RJD Group, servicing business and political clients in Tennessee and across the country. His broad relationships range from county officials, to the state legislature, to cabinet members in the governor’s office, to members of congress.

Bob is a 1984 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a B.S in Communications. Bob and his wife Linda have two children, a 32-year-old daughter Ashton who was formerly Communications Director for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and now Senior Partner in Strategic Communications and Media Relations for TVA in Washington, D.C., and a 28-year-old son Reese who was formally a Field Representative for U.S. Senator Bob Corker and is now a Government Employer Specialist with the Tennessee Department of Treasury. Bob is also a proud grandfather of two girls, Adaline and Bella. Bob is involved in numerous philanthropic causes and is a Former Board Member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, the University of Tennessee Admissions Advisory Board, and the Unites States Global Leadership Coalition. In 2010, Bob was inducted into the Blount County Alumni Wall of Fame given to individuals as a result of their professional accomplishments, leadership, and contributions made to mankind as role models for future leaders. Bob and his family are members of Forest Hills Baptist Church in Nashville.


Bob Davis is one of the most respected men I know. His word is his bond and his integrity is unquestioned.
Ron Ramsey

Tennessee Lt Governor

In 1990, Bob ran my race for State House and we won against all odds. Thirty years later, Bob spearheaded our campaign for State Senate with the same results; a huge victory in a very tough battle. If you are looking for a person who understands people and how to win, Bob Davis is your man.
Page Walley

Tennessee State Senator

I’ve known Bob for over 20 years. I can’t think of a more professional individual who can deliver positive results on any level. Simply a great communicator of people.

Cameron Sexton

Tennessee House Speaker

I’ve known Bob and his family for over 50 years. He’s a great friend. He comes from good stock, is honest as they come, and sure knows how to plan, implement and win campaigns at all levels.
Jerome Moon

Tennessee State Representative

It’s plain and simple; Bob is one of the most effective communicators in our state. A trusted friend who possesses a keen awareness of how to manage difficult tasks and makes things happen.
Fred Thompson

The late United States Senator

Bob Davis is the kind of person you want running your campaign. A man of faith, and integrity. I completely trusted Bob Davis and we won…big!
Michael Collins

Judge of the Fifteenth Circuit Court in Tennessee

Bob knows Tennessee and he knows our Republican Party inside out. He knows how to win elections
Lamar Alexander

United States Senator

Who We’ve Worked With

Circuit Court Judge Kyle Atkins
Belmont University
Ben Keeling Photography
Brewer, CPA
President George Herbert Walker Bush
President George W. Bush
Capitol Strategy Group
Cold Spark Media
Congressman Jamie Comer
Conquest Communications
Circuit Court Judge Brody Kane
General Sessions Judge Bradley Owens
State Representative Patsy Hazlewood
Tennessee State House GOP Caucus
Creative Direct
Crisp Communications
Representative Martin Daniel
Representative Barry Doss
Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier
Dwyer Graphic Design
Speaker Beth Harwell
Impact Management Group
Representative Ryan Haynes
Senator Mark Pody
Mayor Blake Lay
Senator Bill Powers

Represenative Gary Hicks
Congressman Van Hilleary
Governor John Kasich
Maynard Select
Senator John McCain
General Sessions Judge Patty McGuire
McLaughlin and Associates
Senator Joey Hensley
Representative Richard Montgomery
Navigation Advertising
Madison County Trustee John Newman
Governor Rick Perry
Lt Governor Ron Ramsey
Commissioner Terry Rowland
Republican State Leadership Committee
Right Way Marketing
South Public Affairs
SRCP Media
Stoneridge Group
Strategic Group Media
Representative Jerome Moon
Representative Johnny Garrett
Representative Chris Todd
Representative Rusty Grills
Judge Michael Collins
Tennesseans For Student Success
Healthy Tennessee
Strategic Public Partners
Mayor Matt Swallows
Senator Art Swann
Republican National Committee
Republican National Congressional Committee
Right Path Strategic Affairs
Trendsetterz, Inc.
Tennessee Republican Party
Tennessee Secretary of State
Senator Fred Thompson
Senator Jim Tracy
Represenative Rick Tillis
United Health Care
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
U.S. Hungry Kids Program
U.S. Term Limits
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Volkswagen Chattanooga
Congressman Zach Wamp
Mayor T. R. Williams
Blue Cross Foundation
United Health Care
Senator Ray Haynes
Content Creative
Senator Page Walley
Representative John Holsclaw, Jr.