Wendy Davis

Born May 16, 1963

Wendy Davis is a state senator representing District 10 in the Texas Senate. She previously served on the Fort Worth city council.

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1963 Birth Born on May 16, 1963.
1973 10 Years Old Wendy Davis was born Wendy Jean Russell in West Warwick, Rhode Island, the daughter of Virginia "Ginger" (née Stovall) and Jerry Russell. Her family moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1973, when she was 11 years old. … Read More


1981 18 Years Old In 1981, she graduated from Richland High School as a member of the National Honor Society.
1982 19 Years Old She married Underwood on January 24, 1982, and gave birth to her first daughter, Amber, later that year. … Read More


1983 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Wendy filed for divorce from Underwood in December 1983, and it became official on May 22, 1984, when she was 21. … Read More
1984 21 Years Old She also worked as a receptionist at a doctor's office, where a nurse gave her a brochure for Tarrant County College. She enrolled in their two-year paralegal program, attending from 1984 to 1986. … Read More
1986 23 Years Old After Tarrant College, she enrolled at Texas Christian University (TCU) in 1986 on an academic scholarship and a Pell Grant. Wendy and Jeff married on May 30, 1987 after dating for "two or three years," and they settled in a historic home in the Mistletoe Heights neighborhood of Fort Worth. … Read More
1990 27 Years Old In May 1990, Davis graduated from TCU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. … Read More


1993 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 1993, she earned her law degree cum laude, and she was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in November 1993. … Read More
1994 31 Years Old In 1994, she joined the Fort Worth office of Haynes & Boone and practiced litigation there for about two years. … Read More
1996 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Davis first ran for the Fort Worth City Council in 1996, but was defeated by ninety votes. … Read More
1999 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Subsequently, in 1999, Davis was elected to the Fort Worth City Council.


2005 - 2008 2 More Events
2009 46 Years Old …  In 2009, Texas Monthly named her "Rookie of the Year". … Read More
2011 48 Years Old In 2011, she authored the only LGBT-inclusive version of anti-bullying legislation and co-sponsored youth suicide prevention legislation and lobbied to kill an anti-transgender marriage bill. … Read More
Davis was re-elected in 2012, defeating a challenge from Mark M. Shelton, a Fort Worth pediatrician and Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives, who was seeking the District 10 seat again in 2014.


In March 2013, she announced her intention to run for re-election to the Senate.
…  She subsequently ran for governor in 2014 but lost to Greg Abbott, 59-38 percent.
2015 52 Years Old Davis in 2015 began working as the executive co-producer of on a proposed television series for NBC about a fictitious "female Democratic senator who, after losing the Texas governor's race, gets her world turned upside down."
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