Wendy Davis, known for her 13-hour anti-abortion bill filibuster, is running for Congress

With the 2020 elections a little more than a year away, most potential voters are starting to think about who the next president will be. It’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement of the presidential race with so many candidates, but the congressional races have some equally impressive competitors. For instance, Texas Democrat Wendy Davis, who made national news for her passionate defense of abortion rights in 2013, is running for U.S. Congress.

As CNN notes, when Davis was a state senator in 2013, she tried to speak for 13 non-stop hours at the Texas State Capitol, in an attempt to block a ban on abortion after 20 weeks. Although she fell short of her time goal, her efforts helped run out the clock on the bill, and it ultimately failed to be passed that night. The moment catapulted her to national visibility, leading her to run for governor in 2014. According to the Houston Chronicledespite raising almost $40 million in the gubernatorial race, she lost by 20 points.

Yesterday, July 22nd, Davis announced her campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives seat for Texas’s 21st congressional district. She tweeted that she wanted to “be a voice for every Texan who feels forgotten by a broken political system.” A campaign video she shared features footage from her filibuster, including close-up shots of the pink tennis shoes she wore.

"I've learned that I'm at my best when I'm fighting for people," Davis says in the video. "And even in losing, we help shape the future. Because it isn't personal achievements or failures that create change. It's working together to fight for what matters."

After Davis’s declaration, many who remembered her 2013 filibuster celebrated her new campaign.


According to the Associated Press, Davis will challenge Republican Representative Chip Roy, who won his seat in 2018 by less than three percentage points. Roy faced criticism in May when he temporarily blocked $19 billion in disaster relief. Given the narrow margin of his victory, it’s possible that Davis could defeat him in 2020, although she definitely has her work cut out for her.

We’re so excited to see Davis running for office again. Visit her website to learn more about her—or to donate to her campaign, if you’re so inclined.

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