Wendy Davis – the former Texas State Senator and an unsuccessful 2014 gubernatorial candidate best-known for a record filibuster to halt an anti-abortion bill – is running for US Congress in 2020.
LPAC endorsed Davis during her 2014 run for governor of Texas. The run came on the heels of her 11-hour filibuster in the Texas State Senate in 2013, which successfully (but also temporarily) halted a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose other requirements that critics said would force most of the state’s 42 abortion clinics to close.
Davis rode the national spotlight from that virtuoso performance into a gubernatorial candidacy, ultimately losing to incumbent Greg Abbott. Texas hasn’t had a democratic governor since Ann Richards’s time in office ended in 1995.
Davis went on to found Deeds Not Words, an organization devoted to young women’s political engagement.
She is running to flip the state’s 21st Congressional District in the US House in 2020.
Governor of Texas
Status: Lost general election