For Immediate Release
EMILY’s List Endorses Wendy Davis for Governor of Texas
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announced its endorsement of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis for governor of Texas.
“EMILY’s List knew Wendy Davis was a tireless and courageous fighter for Texas women and families even before she spoke out for an inspiring 13 hours against the extreme anti-woman agenda,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Her impressive record of championing equal pay for women, vital education funding, and voting rights shows her deep commitment to giving all Texans a fair shot. Wendy began working at 14 to help her single mother and three siblings, and her story reflects what’s best about Texas: hard work, grit, determination, and opportunity. The EMILY’s List community of more than two million members is eager to lace up our sneakers and help this passionate and steadfast leader become Texas’ next governor.”
Wendy Davis has personal experience with the struggles many women face in Texas. At 14, she worked after school to help support her single mother and three siblings. As a 19-year-old divorced single mother, she worked two jobs – eventually enrolling in Tarrant County Community College with the help of programs available then in Texas. Wendy transferred to Texas Christian University with a full scholarship and graduated first in her class, becoming the first person in her family to earn a bachelor's degree. She went on to graduate with honors from Harvard Law School, and returned to Fort Worth to serve as a city council member for nine years. Wendy was elected to the Texas State Senate in 2008, where she has authored “Texas Jobs First” legislation to give preference to Texans in the award of state contracts and sponsored the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to ensure that employers provide women in Texas with equal pay for equal work. She sponsored legislation to make government more accountable to taxpayers, fought to restore $5.4 billion in education cuts, and protected the Veterans' Assistance Fund from being used to fill budget gaps. Wendy has worked to stop legislation restricting women’s access to healthcare. She also authored and collaborated to pass a bill to address the backlog of more than 23,000 untested rape kits on across the state. Wendy has two adult daughters and lives in Fort Worth.
Wendy Davis would carry on a proud legacy in Texas. In 1990, EMILY’s List helped elect Governor Ann Richards, the first woman governor of Texas elected in her own right.
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $350 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political action committees in the country. Throughout its 28 year history, the organization has recruited and trained over 8,000 women to run, worked to elect 101 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List helped elect 97% of the Democratic women of color in Congress, including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic woman currently serving. And during the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY’s List had the largest number of members and donors in its history and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars. With the help of this growing community — now more than two million members strong — EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates in 2012 including 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, three new Senators, and 186 state and local officials.