A proven leader fighting for Texans
Wendy Davis is a proven leader running for Congress to fight for Texas working families. Wendy grew up knowing what it means to struggle, and she began working after school to help her single mother make ends meet when she was 14. As a teenage mother herself, Wendy held down two jobs and worked tirelessly to give her daughter a better life. Determined to become the first person in her family to go to college, Wendy went from community college to graduating at the top of her class at Texas Christian University and on to earning her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She served on the Fort Worth City Council for nine years, and was elected to the state Senate as an underdog in 2008. Wendy rose to national prominence in 2013 when she put on her pink sneakers and held a 13-hour filibuster to protect women’s reproductive freedom in Texas. Her fight ultimately led to a successful and landmark decision in the U.S. Supreme Court, strengthening the landscape for abortion rights throughout the country. Wendy was Texas’ Democratic nominee for governor in 2014 and she is an author and public speaker. In 2016, she founded Deeds Not Words, a nonprofit that seeks to empower and activate the voices of young women in public and political discourse. She is the proud mother of two daughters, Amber and Dru, and has two granddaughters, Ellis and Sawyer.
A champion for Texas working families
Wendy is running for Congress to continue her life’s work of expanding economic opportunity for Texas working families. She is deeply committed to increasing all Texans’ access to quality health care. Known nationally for her fierce advocacy for reproductive rights, Wendy will fight back against any attempt to undo the progress we have worked so hard to make. As a Texas state senator, she led the fight against a state budget that underfunded public schools by $5 billion, leading the Republican-led senate to strip her of her position on the education committee. In Congress, Wendy will fight tirelessly for all Texans to have a fair shot.
An opportunity to flip a seat from red to blue
Wendy is challenging Republican Congressman Chip Roy, a vulnerable freshman incumbent whose record of failure has hurt the working families he was elected to serve — including playing political games with disaster relief funds for Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey. A member of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus and a former staffer for fellow dangerous extremists Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, Roy won by a slim margin in 2018, and in 2020, we have the opportunity to help Wendy flip this seat and strengthen our House majority. Roy’s deep-pocketed special interest allies will do everything they can to keep this seat, but Wendy has what it takes to turn this seat blue with our help. Texas’ 21st Congressional District has never before elected a woman to the House, but she is poised to make history as the first. Let’s show Wendy the full support of the EMILY’s List community and help elect this champion for Texas working families to Congress.