Rep. Danny Davis announces re-election plans

(U.S. Rep. Danny Davis)

Illinois Congressman Danny Davis has announced plans to seek another term in office in 2020.

The Democratic representative made the re-election announcement Sunday at his campaign office on Chicago's West Side. In his announcement, Davis said "there is hope for America and we run for the future.

The 78-year-old Davis has represented Illinois' 7th District since 1997. The district includes a mix of largely black Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs west of the city.

Davis is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and a vocal proponent for gun control measures, which took a personal turn in 2016 after his grandson was fatally shot. 

Before Congress, Davis served as a Chicago city alderman and Cook County board member.