Monday, September 16, 2013

Better know a politician: Wendy Davis

Name: Wendy Davis

Political Party: Democratic (D)

Current position: Texas State Senator

Tenure: 2009-present

Previous position: Member, Fort Worth City Council 1999-2008

Previous election: 2012 Texas Senate, District 10
Wendy Davis (D): 51%
Mark Shelton (R): 49%

Next election: Davis is up for re-election for Texas State Senate in 2014.  She has also been mentioned as a potential candidate for the 2014 gubernatorial election in Texas.  She has announced that she will be running for re-election in 2014 and has not yet announced if she will be running in 2014 for the governor's mansion.

Polling results: Public Policy Polling, July 2, 2013

Favorable: 39%
Unfavorable: 29%
Not sure: 32%

Greg Abbott (R): 48%
Wendy Davis (D): 40%
Not sure: 12%


  • Davis most famously filibustered Senate Bill 5 which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, require abortion clinics to meet the same standard of hospital-style surgery centers, and mandates that doctors perform abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.  Senate Bill 5 would later be passed in a special legislative session.
  • Davis filibustered a budget bill that would have cut $4 billion from public education in the state
  • Davis's focus in 2011 was in funding for education
  • Supporter of prohibiting predatory lending practices
  • Trying to create oversight for payday and car title lending industries
  • Trying to lower homeowner insurance rates and electricity rates trying to shift balance from industries to consumers, earning praise from consumer advocates.
  • Created the Veterans Cash $2 scratch-off lottery ticket to help pay for veteran services
  • Authored legislation that would extend property tax exemptions 100% for disabled veterans
  • Co-authored a bill creating veterans' courts which helped veterans dealing with brain damage who were facing low-level criminal charges
  • Worked to stop diverting funds from being used for a specific purpose to balance the budget

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