Is Texas Lacking an Equal Pay Law?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Alain StephensJune 1, 2016 9:33 am| ,

She lost the Texas governor’s race in 2014, where she called for stepped-up attention to women’s health care access and equal pay. But Democrat Wendy Davis still talks up women’s issues including, in a March 2016 interview by Texas Monthly, her desire to revisit legislation nixed by the Republican governor when she was a state senator from Fort Worth.

Asked what issues she’s thinking about “besides reproductive autonomy,” Davis replied:

“Of course, equal pay. You may recall that I, along with the amazing Senfronia Thompson in the Texas House, was successful in passing an equal pay bill here, which was no easy feat—only to have it vetoed by Gov. Perry. So Texas is one of only a handful of states that does not have an equal pay law. Even the law that exists at the federal level needs some punch.”

Is that a fact? Gardner Selby of the PolitiFact Texas fact-checking team has the answer.

Hear how Davis’ claim scored in the player above.