Libby Willis

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Libby Willis
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Former candidate for
Texas State Senate, District 10
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sEnglish and French
Master'sInternational Journalism
Place of birthAbilene, Texas
ProfessionHistoric preservation consultant
Campaign website
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Libby Willis was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 10 of the Texas State Senate.[1]


Willis graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University with a B.A. in English and French and a Master's in International Journalism. Willis was the first executive director for the non-profit Preservation Texas, which restores county courthouses. Willis is currently the president of the Fort Worth League Neighborhood Associations. Willis is also a registered parliamentarian, is a member of the Texas State Association of Parliamentarians and is the 2013-2014 president of the Fort Worth Unit of the National Association of the Parliamentarians. Additionally, Willis serves on the I.S.D. District Advisory Committee, which assists with the management of Amon Carter Riverside High School. Willis has served on the Pipeline Safety Advocates since 2012 and is a member of the MAPP Steering Committee for Tarrant County Public Health.[2][3]

Campaign Themes


Willis' website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • improvements in public education
  • job growth
  • transparency in government.[4]



Willis' endorsements included Burnt Orange Report, AFL-CIO and Annie's List.[5][6][7]

Personal life

Willis is married to Doyle Willis Jr. a retired Texas Attorney General, former judge and attorney. They have two sons. Willis is the daughter-in-law of previous Texas State Senator Doyle Willis. Willis is a native of Abilene, Texas. Since 1987 Willis has lived in the Oakhurst Neighborhood of Fort Worth. Willis was recently awarded the Ben Ann Tomayko Award for outstanding neighborhood volunteer in Fort Worth.[8]



See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 15 of the 31 seats in the Texas State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Konni Burton and Mark Shelton advanced to a primary runoff, defeating Tony Pompa, Jon Schweitzer and Mark Skinner in the Republican primary. Burton defeated Shelton in the May 27 runoff election. Libby Willis defeated Mike Martinez in the Democratic primary. George Boll (D) withdrew prior to the primary election.[9] Gene Lord was nominated in convention by the Libertarian Party of Texas. John Tunmire was running as a Green candidate. Gene Woodard III filed but did not advance past the Libertarian convention. Burton defeated Willis, Tunmire, and Lord in the 2014 general election.[1][10][11][12]

Texas State Senate, District 10 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKonni Burton 52.8% 95,532
     Democratic Libby Willis 44.7% 80,872
     Libertarian Gene Lord 1.8% 3,340
     Green John Tunmire 0.6% 1,094
Total Votes 180,838

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