Wendy Davis (politician)
|Davis in 2010|
|Member of the Texas Senate
from the 10th district
|Preceded by||Kim Brimer|
May 16, 1963 |
Fort Worth, Texas
|Alma mater||Texas Christian University, Harvard Law School|
|Committees||Education, Transportation and Homeland Security, Veterans' Affairs and Military Installations, International Relations and Trade, Open Government (Vice-Chair)|
Early life and education 
Wendy Davis was born on May 16, 1963, and grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. Raised by a single mother, Davis began working at age 14 to help support her family. By 19, Davis became a single mother herself. After learning about a two-year paralegal program from a co-worker, Davis enrolled at Tarrant County College and later transferred to Texas Christian University, where she graduated first in her class. After becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college, Davis went on to earn her law degree with honors from Harvard Law School.
Law career 
Early in her law career, Davis served in a federal clerkship under U.S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer. In 1994, she joined the Fort Worth office of Haynes & Boone and began practicing specialized litigation. She later became part owner of Safeco Title Co. and served as Chief Executive Officer of Old Republic International Title's Fort Worth Division from 2004 to 2009. Davis joined Cantey Hanger in an Of Counsel role and partnered with Brian Newby to open Newby Davis, PLLC in 2010. Her current practice includes federal and local governmental affairs, litigation, economic development, contract compliance and real estate matters.
Political career 
City Council 
Davis was first elected to the Fort Worth city council in 1999. She was re-elected in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007. During her nine-year tenure as a councilmember, Davis focused on transportation, economic development and neighborhood issues. She also spearheaded economic development projects, such as the Montgomery Plaza renovation, the Tower, Pier One and Radio Shack campuses.
State Senate 
Davis represents Texas Senate, District 10, which includes portions of Tarrant County, Texas. In 2008, she defeated Republican Kim Brimer for the seat. She was re-elected in 2012, defeating a challenge from Mark Shelton, a Fort Worth pediatrician and Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives.
Davis is the Vice-Chair on the Senate Select Committee on Open Government. She is also a Member of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, the Senate Committee on Transportation, and the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee. She previously served on the Senate Committee for Education and as Vice-Chair on the Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade.
Davis has been honored with many awards and recognitions during her first term in the Texas Legislature, including the "Bold Woman Award" from Girls, Inc., "Freshman of the Year" from AARP, "Champion for Children Award" from the Equity Center, and "Texas Women's Health Champion Award" from the Texas Association of OB-GYNs. In 2009, Texas Monthly named her "Rookie of the Year". She was also chosen by the readers of Fort Worth Weekly as the "Best Servant of the People". Davis was recently listed among "12 State Legislators to Watch in 2012" by Governing Magazine and is mentioned as a possible candidate for state-wide races.
Early in the 83rd Session, senators drew for terms in a post-redistricting, once-a-decade process. Davis drew a two-year term and will be up for re-election in November 2014. She recently announced her intention to run for re-election to her seat in the Senate.
Election history 
Davis ran unopposed for city council in 2001 and 2005 and for state senator in the 2008 and 2012 Democratic primaries.
2012 election 
|Texas general election, 2012: Senate District 10|
|Democratic||Wendy Davis (Incumbent)||147,005||51.11||+1.17|
2008 election 
|Texas general election, 2008: Senate District 10|
|Republican||Kim Brimer (Incumbent)||140,737||47.52||-11.73|
|Libertarian||Richard A. Cross||7,591||2.56||+2.56|
|Democratic gain from Republican||Swing||+9.19|
Previous elections 
|Fort Worth City Council general election, 2007: District 9|
|Fort Worth City Council general election, 2003: District 9|
|nonpartisan||Wendy R. Davis||2,581||68.21||+17.46|
|Fort Worth City Council general election, 1999: District 9|
|nonpartisan||Wendy R. Davis||1,820||50.75|
Arson attempt 
On March 20, 2012, a pair of Molotov cocktails were thrown at State Sen. Davis' office in Fort Worth. Davis was not in the office at the time though two of her staffers were. There were no injuries. Cedric Steele, a homeless man with a history of mental illness, was arrested for the attack.
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- "A Filibuster Creates an Overnight Celebrity". New York Times.
- "The Best and Worst Legislators 2009". Texas Monthly.
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- "Political futures at risk as Senators draw terms". Houston Chronicle.
- "Davis re-states intention to run for Senate". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
- "Election Results". Secretary of State of Texas. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
- "2007 Cumulative Election Report" (PDF). City of Fort Worth. p. 3. Retrieved 2010-10-16.
- "2003 Cumulative Election Report". City of Fort Worth. Retrieved 2010-10-16.
- "1999 Cumulative Election Report". City of Fort Worth. Retrieved 2010-10-16.
- "Molotov cocktails thrown at Democratic Texas state senator's office". Fox News. 2012-03-20.
|Texas State Senator
from District 10 (Fort Worth)
2009 – present