Former Gubernatorial Candidate Wendy Davis Will Run Against Chip Roy in 2020, Democratic Staffer Says

click to enlarge Wendy Davis speaks with reporters at a #StandWithTXWomen rally. - Jenelle Esparza
Jenelle Esparza
Wendy Davis speaks with reporters at a #StandWithTXWomen rally.
Former state Sen. Wendy Davis will run to unseat freshman Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Roy in 2020, a staffer for Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, has informed the Austin American-Statesman.

“Wendy spoke to the congressman directly that she plans on running,” Abigail Sheppard, Vela's press secretary, told the newspaper.

Davis is the Democratic lawmaker who grabbed national attention in 2013 for undertaking a 13-hour filibuster against restrictive anti-abortion legislation while wearing pink running shoes. She became the Democratic nominee for governor the following year but lost to Gov. Greg Abbott in a 20-point drubbing.

Texas' 21st Congressional District district, which includes part of San Antonio, has historically been GOP territory, but Democrats targeted it after Joseph Kopser came within 3 points of defeating Roy in the 2018 midterms.

It appears that Davis is already gaining high-powered support for a run.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House leaders are pulling together a gathering of potential supporters to meet with Davis in early next week in Washington, D.C., according to an invitation obtained by The Texas Tribune. Nine of the 13 Democrats in Texas' congressional delegation are listed as co-hosts for the event.

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

KEEP SA CURRENT!

Since 1986, the SA Current has served as the free, independent voice of San Antonio, and we want to keep it that way.

Becoming an SA Current Supporter for as little as $5 a month allows us to continue offering readers access to our coverage of local news, food, nightlife, events, and culture with no paywalls.

Join today to keep San Antonio Current.

Scroll to read more San Antonio News articles

Sanford Nowlin

Sanford Nowlin is editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Current.

Join SA Current Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.