Former state senator-turned-Democrat-gubernatorial-candidate and current abortion activist Wendy Davis made it official on Monday, announcing a congressional bid against U.S. Rep. Chip Roy.

“I’m running for Congress because people’s voices are still being silenced,” she said in an announcement video Monday morning. “I’m running for our children and grandchildren so they can live and love and fight for change themselves,” an ironic statement given Davis’ aggressive pro-abortion activism.

In 2013, Davis held a filibuster of pro-life legislation in the Texas Senate that catapulted her as a darling of liberals across the country, footage of which is heavily recycled in her campaign announcement video.

That act didn’t gain her many fans in the Lone Star State, however. When she attempted to parlay her five minutes of fame into a run for governor in 2014, Davis lost to then-Attorney General Greg Abbott by more than 20 percentage points.

If she wins the Democrat nomination in March, she will have steep competition in November. The latest fundraising reports show Chip Roy with over $650,000 cash on hand.

Congressional District 21, which touches both the Austin and San Antonio metropolitan areas, was listed among the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee’s top six targets for Democrats to flip in 2020, after successfully flipping the seats of former Reps. Pete Sessions of Dallas and John Culberson of Houston last year.

The districts will be a part of the $1 million ongoing strategy effort to flip the state in 2020, with Cornyn’s senatorial seat topping the list.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens


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