Rep. Artur Davis has apparently been making a name for himself in Washington. Time has done a lengthy piece on Davis and he's been interviewed in-depth on C-SPAN.
Davis has impressed me the few times I've seen him on television. He certainly did the state a favor by retiring Earl Hilliard. Davis has been mentioned as a possible rising star in the national Democratic Party and he openly admits he would like to run statewide (governor, senator) in the near future.
A statewide campaign would certainly be interesting and groundbreaking, but Davis would probably have an uphill run to be elected statewide. I imagine Davis is keeping his eye on Harold Ford, Jr., (a fellow young, black moderate congressman from Tennessee) in his bid to replace Bill First in the Senate. If Ford can win or at least run a strong race in Tennessee, then a Davis campaign in Alabama suddenly looks more plausible.
However, Davis' best bet at an enhanced political stature would probably be to use his safe House seat to move into the House Democratic leadership. A politician with Davis' considerable skill and savvy could well find himself in a chairmanship or a leadership position if the Democrats regain a majority in the next decade or two.
Another potential avenue for Davis' political ascension might be a cabinet appointment under a Democratic president. Democratic pols like Mike Espy and Henry Cisneros used a Clinton cabinet position to reach national stature that might have been harder to achieve in their states' political environments.
No matter what path Davis chooses to take, he seems likely to play a significant role in Alabama politics for the foreseeable future.