Democrats are hoping to flip six congressional seats in Texas in 2020. On Monday, Wendy Davis announced she’s running for one them.
Davis, the former state senator who garnered national attention in 2013 for filibustering an abortion bill, announced she plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin, for Texas’ 21st Congressional District.
“I’m running for Congress because people’s voices are still being silenced,” she said in her video announcement.
Davis became a sort of icon in the abortion rights movement because of her stand on the Senate floor against the bill, which imposed strict restrictions on abortion providers. She took that clout and ran for governor in 2014, but she lost to Republican Greg Abbott by a whopping 20 percentage points.
This time, Democrats say, Davis has better odds.