Sarah Davis (Texas politician)

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Sarah Davis
Texas State Representative from District 134
Assumed office
January 11, 2011
Preceded by Ellen Cohen
Personal details
Born 1976[1]
Charleston, WVA
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kent Adams, Attorney, Houston/Beaumont Managing Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP. He is a sixth-generation Texan. Adams is a former Chairman of the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System.[2]
Children Davis' husband has two grown children.
Residence Houston, Texas 77005
Alma mater B.A., Baylor University; J.D., University of Houston[2]
Occupation Attorney/Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP.[2]
Religion Protestant

Sarah Davis (born 1976) is an American state politician and a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, having been first elected on November 2, 2010.[2] In 2013 Davis was described in the media as the Most Powerful Second Term legislator in Texas. Between her second and third terms, Davis served as House Chair of the Legislature's Interim Ethics Committee. In Davis' third term, she again served on Appropriations, Calendars and the Public Health Committees. Davis served as a budget conferee having been appointed by Speaker Joe Straus. Davis' district, comprising River Oaks, West University Place, Bellaire, Southside Place, Meyerland and surrounding neighborhoods and communities, is one of the wealthiest and most highly educated in Texas and it includes the world-renowned Texas Medical Center and the internationally famous Galleria Shopping Center District.

Political views[edit]

Davis describes herself as a fiscal conservative.[2]

Limited Government

Davis has been named a "Fighter for Free Enterprise" by the Texas Association of Business. She voted to permanently exempt small businesses from paying the state margins tax. Davis voted to require drug screening of those seeking unemployment benefits. She voted to require photo identification to vote, voted to end sanctuary cities and she voted to fund increased border security.


Davis authored and passed a bill which strengthened the ability of prosecutors to pursue child pornography cases.

Gun rights

Davis has received the endorsement by the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association.[2] Davis authored the bill to reduce license fees for concealed carry licenses issued to retired military and law enforcement personnel.[2] In 2010, the National Rifle Association and Texas State Rifle Association both gave her an A on her position on gun rights.[3]

Health Care

A breast cancer survivor, Davis has consistently opposed legislative intrusion into health care decisions and into the doctor-patient relationship. Davis is the only Republican member of the Texas state legislature who is described in the media as pro-choice.[4]

In 2011, Davis voted against a bill to require physicians to conduct intra-vaginal sonograms, prior to even pharmaceutically induced abortions, citing her opposition to legislative interference in the doctor-patient relationship. Davis likened this legislation to the government takeover of the doctor-patient relationship by Obamacare, and as a Republican who believes in limited government, personal freedom and individual responsibility, Davis said the government should not practice medicine. Davis voted for a bill that prohibits the state from funding facilities that perform abortions. In 2013, she voted against a bill that increases abortion facility requirements, regulates the administration of abortion inducing drugs, and prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of gestation. Davis stated at the time that the bill constituted a de facto ban on abortions and would not withstand constitutional scrutiny. Shortly after the ban was enacted, the law was indeed held unconstitutional by a Texas Federal Judge, though that decision is now on appeal.[5] During the 2013 debate on the abortion restrictions bill, Davis offered an amendment to the abortion bill which retained the 20 week ban, but which deleted the unconstitutional facility restrictions, and instead incorporated exceptions for cases of rape, incest, danger to the mother’s life and severe fetal abnormalities.[6]

Personal Freedom

On January 21, 2014, Equality Texas, endorsed Sarah Davis for reelection, the first time that organization had ever endorsed a Republican state legislative candidate.[7] In 2012 Davis soundly defeated her well financed liberal Democratic opponent and in 2014 she defeated her third Democratic opponent in a row, this time with 62% of the vote. In the 2014 election, Davis received more votes that any other Republican candidate for the Texas House of Representatives that year.

President Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment

Representative Davis often cites Ronald Reagan's "11th Commandment," ... "Thou Shall Not Speak Ill of a Fellow Republican" and she occasionally presents her highly coveted "11th Commandment Challenge Coins" to Republicans who echo that philosophy. Davis demonstrated that philosophy during a nationally televised live interview on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show on March 12, 2015, when she very diplomatically discussed philosophical differences some Republicans hold, while showing her respect for all who share the core Republican philosophy of Limited Government, Individual Responsibility and Personal Freedom.

Electoral history[edit]

Texas state house elections[edit]


Texas primary election, 2010: House District 134[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sarah Davis 4,379 54.55%
Republican Bonnie Parker 3,648 45.45%
Majority 731 9.1% -36.43%
Turnout 8027 100% +2.74%
Texas general election, 2010: House District 134[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sarah Davis 25,955 50.68% +8.47%
Democratic Ellen Cohen (incumbent) 25,254 49.31% -6.15%
Majority 701 1.36% -9.56%
Turnout 51,209 100% -25.04%
Republican gain from Democratic Swing +8.47%


Texas primary election, 2012: House District 134[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sarah Davis (incumbent) 9,796 100% +55.29%
Majority 9,796 100% +90.9%
Turnout 9,796 100% +18.08%
Texas general election, 2012: House District 134[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sarah Davis (incumbent) 43,823 54.64% +3.96%
Democratic Ann Johnson 36,366 45.35% -3.96%
Majority 7457 9.29% +7.93%
Turnout 80,189 100% +36.13%
Republican hold Swing +3.96%


Texas primary election, 2014: House District 134[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sarah Davis (incumbent) 8,050 70.95% +16.4%
Republican Bonnie Parker 3,296 29.04% -16.41%
Majority 4,754 41.9% -49%
Turnout 11,346 100% +13.66%


  1. ^ "State Rep. Sarah Davis District 134 (R-West University Place)". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Biography". sarahdavis134. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Representative Sarah Davis's Special Interest Group Ratings". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Davis: Government has no place in abortion debate". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sarah Davis' Voting Records on Issue: Abortion". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Abortion debate on HB 2 starts out with a bang". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Gay rights group backs Texas Republican". My San Antonio. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "2010 Primary Elections". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "2010 General Election". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Texas House of Representatives Elections 2012". Altius Directory. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ "News App: The 2012 Election Brackets". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ The Houston Chronicle "Texas - Summary Vote Results" Check |url= scheme (help). Retrieved March 7, 2014.