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Wendy Davis
Wendy Davis.jpg
Texas State Senate, District 10
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTexas Christian University
J.D.Harvard Law School
Office website
Campaign website
Wendy R. Davis has been a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate since 2009.


Davis graduated from Texas Christian University and also graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

In addition to being a senator, Davis is also an attorney. Prior to her position in the state senate, Davis was on the Fort Worth City Council, where she worked closely with the Texas Legislature.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Davis served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development
Veteran Affairs & Military Installations


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Davis served on the following Texas Senate committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Davis served on the following Texas Senate committees:


Abortion Filibuster

On June 26, 2013, Davis led a filibuster of a controversial abortion bill under debate in the Texas State Senate that lasted for nearly eleven hours. Davis rose to speak at 11:18 AM and continued until 10:00 PM, when a Republican senator raised a point of order and argued that since Davis went off topic that she must yield the floor. The presiding officer agreed, and ended the filibuster. Other senate Democrats used parliamentary procedures to stall the vote until after midnight when the session officially ended. Although the bill eventually came to a vote just after midnight and passed 17-12, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) announced that the vote was constitutionally invalid and that the bill did not pass.[2]

Campaign themes


Davis's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Job Creation – Economic Stability

  • Excerpt:"Job creation, job retention and stability for local economies are priorities for Senator Wendy Davis."


  • Excerpt:"Senator Davis believes providing an excellent public education system is the state’s most-important responsibility."

Easing family budgets

  • Excerpt:"Senator Davis continues to lead the charge against predatory lending in Texas, an industry that siphons money from our local economies and keeps many hard-working families trapped in a cycle of debt."

Veterans – Our Nation’s Heroes

  • Excerpt:"As a member of the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs & Military Installations, Senator Davis is a recognized champion on behalf of our nation’s heroes living in Texas."

Truth in Budgeting, Honesty With Taxpayers

  • Excerpt:"Last session, Senator Davis fought the diversion of over $5 billion of funds that were collected from taxpayers for a specific purpose, and yet were diverted to the general fund to balance the budget, a diversion that betrayed Texas taxpayers’ expectations that money collected for a specific purpose should be used for that purpose."



See also: Texas elections, 2014

Davis is considered a potential Democratic candidate for statewide office in 2014. Offices reportedly being explored are governor, lt. governor, and Congress.[4][5] Several polls have asked residents whether they would vote for Davis for governor.[6]


See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Davis ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 10. Davis ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Mark Shelton (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Senate District 10 drew Republican interest in 2012, prompting large contributions to both candidates in District 10. In the last six months of 2011, Davis reported raising $569,162 in donations while her opponent, District 91 Republican incumbent Mark Shelton, raised $273,518.[8]

Texas State Senate, District 10, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWendy Davis Incumbent 51.1% 147,103
     Republican Mark Shelton 48.9% 140,656
Total Votes 287,759


On Nov. 4, 2008, Davis won election to the 10th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponents Kim Brimer and Richard Cross.[9]

Davis raised $2,185,654 for her campaign while Brimer raised $1,891,603 and Cross raised $0.[10]

Texas State Senate, District 10 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Wendy Davis (D) 147,832 49.91%
Kim Brimer (R) 140,737 47.52%
Richard Cross (L) 7,591 2.56%

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, a year in which Davis was up for election, she collected $2,185,654 in donations.[11]

Her four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Annies List $148,000
Texas Values in Action Coalition $93,000
Wendy Davis for city Council $55,066
John Mostyn $54,257


Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[12] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.


Wendy Davis received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

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Preceded by
Kim Brimer
Texas Senate District 10
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