Top 5 Facts About Sen. Wendy Davis
She’s the Texas Senator who single-handedly killed what would’ve been one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the nation. Sen. Wendy Davis stepped into the national spotlight, in her pink tennis shoes, when she filibustered 11-straight hours. But how much do you know about her?
Number Five: Before she stood on the Senate floor and stood against sweeping abortion restrictions, Sen. Davis was a teen mom who worked two jobs to help support her child. Davis went on to complete two years of community college, transferred to Texas Christian University, and then ultimately graduated from Harvard Law School.
Number Four: Sen. Davis was elected to the Texas Senate in 2008. Tuesday wasn’t her first go round with a filibuster. In 2011, she staged a filibuster and forced a special session to stop five-billion dollars in public school cuts.
Number Three: Sen. Davis gained tens of thousands of followers on social media, as her filibuster was streamed live on the internet. Just prior to her 11-hour filibuster, Davis had 1,200 Twitter followers. Today, she’s over 87,000. Even President Barack Obama sent this tweet on Tuesday.
Number Two: Although Davis appears to be the current democratic darling, not everyone is a fan. Last year, two Molotov cocktails were thrown at her Fort Worth office. She wasn’t there and no one was hurt.
Number One: Sen. Wendy Davis is now a nationally recognized name. Some believe she’s a charismatic force that can rally the Democratic Party. Yet, other’s don’t quite share the same enthusiasm. Davis is up for re-election in 2014.