I'll admit it! I have been watching the livestream of the Texas State Senate Floor for the past 6.5 hours. During that time I have developed a total girl crush on Wendy Davis.
All this hype over her filibuster has got me wondering, who is this strong, brave woman behind the mic?
From Fort Worth city councilwoman to state senator.
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 Community College and later transferred to Texas Christian University, where she graduated first in her class. She was the first person in her family to graduate from college.
She graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.
In 2008, she won her seat in the State Senate by narrowly defeating the Republican incumbent, Kim Briner, with the support of blacks and Hispanics in her district.
In 2011, the Republicans in the Texas Legislature, through the redistricting process, tore her Senate district 10 apart. Blacks and Hispanics were cut out and divided up among surrounding districts that were majority white and Republican. The former majority minority district no longer existed.
These black and Hispanic minorities no longer had a vote that counted.
State Senator Wendy Davis,and defendant-intervenors the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, Greg Gonzales, the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force, and the Texas State Conference of NAACP branches filed a civil action under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act that said the proposed map was retrogressive. It diluted the minority vote. The new map was a violation of section 5. She testified in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The three judge panel agreed and largely restored her district.
Senator Davis later said the destruction of her district “was just the most despicable thing I had ever seen.”
Because of the 2010 U.S. Census, state senators drew lots for either four-year or two-year terms. Wendy Davis drew a two-year term. She said she intends to run for reelection in 2014.
Get it gurl!
And if you're still doubting how cool she is, check out her filibuster footwear: