Ken Rigmaiden, General President of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) and Gregg Smith, Business Manager Secretary-Treasurer of IUPAT District Council 58 – made the following statement today:

Representative Rodney Davis has been a stalwart champion and partner of the members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT). We are proud to call him our friend, and we wholeheartedly support his re-election.  The IUPAT is pleased to have a tradition of supporting and working to re-elect Members of Congress who support our members and their families like the Congressman.


Congressman Davis represents the kind of public servant that Congress desperately needs. He cares about the policy implications of his actions; he cares about the great people of the 13th district. Congressman Davis actively reaches out to the IUPAT and other unions to understand issues we care about and their effect on workers and his constituents. Most importantly, he wins critical policy changes for our members.

He has repeatedly led the charge in the Republican Conference against the anti-worker agenda of the radical right wing. His support for family-supporting prevailing wage laws (Davis Bacon), community building Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), standards in the coatings industry, defense of the NLRB and job-creating infrastructure and energy projects has been unwavering.

Rodney Davis has worked hard to earn the support of the members of the IUPAT, and he has our endorsement. The IUPAT will work this year to re-elect Rodney Davis to the 13th District of IL.



Represents a growing community of over 160,000 active and retired craftspeople in the United States and Canada. The IUPAT membership extends far beyond the workplace.

Recognized as one of the most active unions in the labor movement, IUPAT members help shape their communities in many ways: through an abiding commitment to service, by fighting passionately for workers’ rights that benefit all working families, and through effective worker education and mobilization.