Wendy Davis

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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 is a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 10. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

On September 26, 2013, multiple news outlets, including The New York Times, reported that Davis had decided to run for Governor of Texas in the 2014 elections. Her official announcement was expected on October 3, 2013.[1][2][3][4][5]


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.[6]

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.[7]

The abortion bill eventually passed in a second special session, called by Governor Rick Perry (R) with the intent of passing the bill.[8]

Post-filibuster fundraising

Davis reportedly raised $1.2 million for her campaign in the six weeks after her filibuster. About 60 percent of her donations came from within Texas, and nine of her 10 largest donors were from Texas. Her campaign reported 24,000 donors, with an average donation of $52.[9][10]

Campaign themes


Davis's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[11]

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 gubernatorial election, 2014

Davis is a Democratic candidate for governor in 2014. She reportedly explored governor, lt. governor, and Congress, but Davis told reporters that she would only be interested in running for her state senate seat or for governor in 2014.[12][13][14] Several polls have asked residents whether they would vote for Davis for governor.[15] Davis is being urged by Texas Democrats and labor leaders to run for governor.[9][16] In an email to supporters on September 18, 2013, David said she would announce her campaign plans on October 3.[17] On September 26, 2013, multiple news outlets, including The New York Times, reported that Davis had decided to run for governor.[18] Her campaign website went live on October 3, 2013.


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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21]

Davis raised $2,185,654 for her campaign while Brimer raised $1,891,603 and Cross raised $0.[22]

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

Comprehensive donor information for Davis is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Davis raised a total of $7,428,346 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 21, 2013.[23]

Wendy Davis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 10 Won $4,310,971
2010 Texas State Senate, District 10 Not up for election $931,721
2008 Texas State Senate, District 10 Won $2,185,654
Grand Total Raised $7,428,346


Davis won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Davis raised a total of $4,310,971.


Davis was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Davis raised a total of $931,721.


Davis won election to the Texas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Davis raised a total of $2,185,654.


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."[24] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.


Davis received a score of 43.6 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.


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

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  1. The New York Times, "Texas’ Davis Is Expected to Enter Race for Governor," September 26, 2013
  2. USA Today, "Wendy Davis ready to run for Texas governor," September 26, 2013
  3. Reuters, "Wendy Davis, of filibuster fame, to run for Texas governor," September 26, 2013
  4. The Los Angeles Times, "Wendy Davis to announce run for Texas governor, Democrats say," September 26, 2013
  5. The Dallas Morning News, "Wendy Davis will run for governor and plans formal announcement in October," September 26, 2013
  6. Official Website of Wendy Davis
  7. businessinsider.com, "Texas Filibuster Kills Controversial Abortion Bill," June 26, 2013
  8. Reuters, "Texas passes abortion restriction bill, governor certain to sign," July 13, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Slate, "Wendy Davis's Post-Filibuster Haul: $1.2 Million," August 30, 2013
  10. Politico, "Wendy Davis raised $1.2M after filibuster," August 29, 2013
  11. "wendydavisforsenate," Official Campaign Website
  12. The Star-Telegram, "Is Sen. Wendy Davis poised for statewide race?," January 19, 2013
  13. Politico, "Wendy Davis aide: 2014 run for governor possible," June 26, 2013
  14. NPR, "Texas' Democratic Darling Will Decide On Governor's Race Soon," August 5, 2013
  15. RealClearPolitics, "Texas Governor - Abbott vs. Davis," accessed July 11, 2013
  16. The Dallas Morning News, "At labor breakfast, Democrats continue to urge Texas Sen. Wendy Davis to run for governor," September 4, 2013
  17. USA Today, "Wendy Davis to announce Texas campaign plans," September 18, 2013
  18. The New York Times, "Texas’ Davis Is Expected to Enter Race for Governor," September 26, 2013
  19. Texas Secretary of State - 2012 Election and Candidate Information
  20. star-telegram.com "State Senate races in Tarrant drawing big bucks", Jan. 18, 2012
  21. Election Results, Texas State Senate, District 10
  22. Election Results, Texas State Senate, District 10
  23. Follow the Money, "Davis, Wendy R," accessed August 21, 2013
  24. Empower Texans, "Fiscal Responsibility Index"
Political offices
Preceded by
Kim Brimer
Texas Senate District 10
Succeeded by