Wendy Davis Launches Congressional Bid

Davis made the announcement via video on Monday

Wendy Davis has decided to venture to the national stage. Davis formerly served as a State Senator for District 10 in Texas from 2009 to 2015. She gained national attention after filibustering an anti-abortion law for thirteen hours back in 2013. She is challenging Republican Congressman Chip Roy for his seat.

Wendy Davis Launches Congressional Campaign

Wendy Davis

So here are some quick details.
  • Originally from Rhode Island, moved to Texas when she was 10.
  • Completed Tarrant College’s paralegal program. Received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Texas Christian University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
  • Served on the Fort Worth City Council for nine years.
  • State Senator for District 10 for six years.
  • Unsuccessfully ran for Governor of Texas against now Governor Greg Abbott in 2014.
  • She has been married twice and has two daughters.

In terms of politics not much is currently known. Still she seems to be a typical moderate Republican.

She is pro-choice but does support some abortion limits. Her position on guns is murky at best. While she has supported some gun control measures, she has also supported gun ownership measures. For example, she voted against a bill that would have allowed concealed carry on college campuses but then two years later voted in favor of concealed weapons and ammunition to be transported on college campuses. She also voted in favor of establishing certain tax exemptions for firearms manufacturers. Also, while running for Governor she expressed support for open carry. Working in her favor is her long support of the LGBT community which her voting record shows. Outside of these issues, the only other big piece of political information is that while she does not support legalizing marijuana, she does support decriminalization.

Still she stands a decent chance come next year. Roy barely won his seat in 2018 and since then has faced a steady stream of criticism from both sides of the aisle. Davis is a strong candidate which basically ensures that the DNC will put their money where there mouth is to help make some of that red state a little more blue.

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