Deeds not words. Perhaps inspired by the name of the nonprofit she founded in 2016, Democrat Wendy Davis is returning to electoral politics, this time as a candidate for Congress.
Davis, a former Fort Worth city council member, state senator, and nominee for governor, is challenging freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Roy of Austin, she announced July 22. Roy, who narrowly won the seat in 2018 against Democrat Jospeh Kopser, represents Texas' 21st Congressional District. The district stretches from Southwest Austin to northern San Antonio through the Texas Hill Country, and includes the cities of Fredericksburg, Kerrville, and Boerne.
Davis reintroduces herself in a nearly four-and-a-half minute announcement video without mentioning Roy. The announcement covers much of her backstory, including that of being a young mother; working her way from community college to Texas Christian University and, eventually, Harvard Law; joining the state senate; making national headlines for her 13-hour filibuster of an abortion bill in 2013; running (and losing) the race for governor; forming her nonprofit (Deeds Not Words supports the work of young women who are civically engaged); and becoming an activist.
Much of the video is anchored by Davis' and her late father's voices, along with a collage of photos, archival footage, and moments with her daughters and grandchildren in a kitchen.
“I’ve learned that I’m at my best when I’m fighting for people," Davis says in the announcement. "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.”
Toward the end of the video, she makes her intentions clear about challenging Roy in 2020.
“I’m running for Congress, because people’s voices are still being silenced," she says. "I’m running for our children and grandchildren, so they can live and love and fight for change themselves.”