Wendy Davis is an attorney, author, former Texas state senator, and the 2014 Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee.
As a single parent, Wendy forged a path to college, beginning at community college and earning a scholarship to Texas Christian University where she graduated first in her class and ultimately with honors from Harvard Law School.
Known for her historic 13 hour filibuster in the Texas Senate to to prevent legislation dramatically reducing women's access to reproductive healthcare in her state, Wendy is widely recognized as a leader in the arena of women’s healthcare. Wendy’s public service career has also been defined by her passion for affordable access to college and a 2011 filibuster that she successfully staged in an attempt to prevent dramatic funding cuts to Texas public schools.
She has made efforts to secure passage of the Texas equal pay for equal work law; champion economic development through the use of public/private partnerships; lead transportation efforts in her region; forge compromise between the oil and gas industry and local communities to allow for the capture of vital minerals while respecting quality of life, water and air; fight for consumer protections in the lending, insurance and electricity arenas; champion efforts against voter suppression, and advocate for victims of sexual assault.
In her bid to become Texas’ first Democratic governor in 20 years, Wendy shattered records in both fundraising and volunteer recruitment with the average donation to her race being only $103, and over 183,000 unique contributors from all over the country supporting her election.
Practiced in 15 years of public service advocacy, as a corporate executive and attorney, in 2009 Wendy was named the Texas Legislature’s Rookie of the Year by Texas Monthly magazine and Freshman of the Year by AARP. She was named to Texas Monthly’s Top Ten Best Legislators in 2013, received the 2013 Women Who Dared award by the National Council of Jewish Women, the 2013 Champion for Social Change award by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, and the 2011 Legislative Star by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association. She has served as CEO of the Fort Worth Division of Republic Title, a nationally recognized title insurance company.