Political Party: Democratic (D)
Current position: Texas State Senator
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
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