Wendy Davis

Ben Cardin
RACE SUMMARY: Wendy Davis is running to unseat Chip Roy, the Republican incumbent in Texas's 21st Congressional District. Roy only won this seat by 2 points in 2018. The district includes Austin which is trending more purple.
VOTING RECORD: Project VoteSmart
PARTY: Democrat
BORN: 5/16/1963
EDUCATION: Texas Christian University (BA), Harvard Law School (JD)
FAMILY: Married, 2 Children
  • Member, Fort Worth City Council, 1999-2008
  • Senator, Texas State Senate, District 10, 2009-2014
  • Candidate, Texas State Governor, 2014



  • Supports a two-state solution.
  • Believes that the U.S. should help facilitate the peace process.
  • Defends Israel's right to self-determination.

  • Supports women's right to safe abortions.
  • Stands with Planned Parenthood. 
  • Believes that politicans who vote against abortion rights deserve to be voted out.
In Her Own Words

“You won't change things unless you are prepared to fight, even if you don't win. But I do hate losing.” 1 

"I hope telling the story of how I went from being a single mom to serving in the Texas State Senate to running for governor will remind others that with the right leadership in government where you start has nothing to do with how far you go." 2

"Governor Perry … let's stop demonizing women who face very difficult choices in their life. Let's make sure that we don't close down 37 of the 42 clinics in Texas and leave women with nowhere to go and put them in a situation where their health will be at risk. I would say to him, that I had the privilege of making a choice about the path I chose for my life. I'm so proud of my daughters, but I could never for a moment put myself in the shoes of another woman confronting a difficult personal choice, and it really isn't for him to make statements like that." 3

SOURCES: 1) vogue.com  2) nytimes.com 3)  politico.com

Interesting Facts

Was the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Texas.

In 2013, she held a thirteen-hour-long filibuster to block Senate Bill 5, a measure which included more restrictive abortion regulations for Texas.

Raised by a single mother with a ninth-grade education, Davis began working after school at age fourteen to contribute to the family finances.

At nineteen, she was living in a trailer park with a baby daughter and holding down two jobs.