“Securing Texas’ economic future means ensuring every student has access to a 21st-century education.”

Wendy Davis

“Securing Texas’ economic future means ensuring every student has access to a 21st-century education.”

Wendy Davis

Education

Wendy Davis was the leading voice against $5.4 billion in budget cuts to public schools in 2011; specifically, she was the only Senator to filibuster those massive cuts. She has continued to fight tirelessly to restore that funding to education.

Wendy Davis will invest more in our schools so our children are prepared for the future. She will cut bureaucratic waste and administrative red tape to put more money into classrooms and continue to fight the $5.4 billion in budget cuts to public schools that led to overcrowded classrooms, teacher layoffs and closed schools.

Wendy Davis helped pass a comprehensive law that reduced the number of standardized tests Texas high school students take from 15 to 5.

Wendy Davis will ensure that school districts across the state are offering students high-quality, full-day Pre-K.

Wendy Davis will build a well-trained workforce of teachers by engineering guaranteed pathways to careers in education and ensure ongoing support by raising teacher pay to be in line with the rest of the country.

Wendy Davis will strengthen and expand Texas’ existing early college opportunities to make obtaining college credit while in high school a reality for more students.

Wendy Davis will make sure that no child is forced to attend a low-performing school, and that parents and communities all across Texas have the most effective tools to provide students with the resources they need to excel in the classroom.

“Texas merece a un líder que entienda que hacer de la educación una prioridad crea trabajos y mantiene a Texas en el tope.”

Wendy Davis

“Texas merece a un líder que entienda que hacer de la educación una prioridad crea trabajos y mantiene a Texas en el tope.”

Wendy Davis

Educación

Las familias de Texas no pueden superarse y Texas no puede sostener su crecimiento económico si no invertimos en la nueva generación de tejanos.

Demasiadas de nuestras escuelas públicas y universidades están repletas y mal financiadas. Demasiados de nuestros estudiantes nunca se gradúan de la escuela secundaria.

En el Senado, Wendy ha luchado para mejorar nuestras escuelas públicas, reduciendo el número de exámenes estandarizados que se le administran a los estudiantes, y negociando el primer aumento a maestros retirados en más de una década. En el 2011 Wendy obstaculizó el presupuesto que cortó más de $5 billones de fondos escolares y ha continuado luchando por restaurar esos fondos.

Wendy se está lanzando a Gobernadora para que cada persona joven tenga acceso a las mismas oportunidades que ella recibió, y para que nuestras futuras generaciones puedan hacer que Texas sea inclusive mejor de lo que es hoy.

“When I say that we need to make college more accessible and affordable for every single Texan, I’m saying it because education lifted me up out of the hard times, because for me, it was the great equalizer.”

Wendy Davis

“When I say that we need to make college more accessible and affordable for every single Texan, I’m saying it because education lifted me up out of the hard times, because for me, it was the great equalizer.”

Wendy Davis

Higher Education

  • Making College Affordable

Wendy Davis will work with the legislature to rein in the skyrocketing costs of college and fully fund grants that help hardworking Texans get to college and prepare for careers.

She will also expand college credit access for high school students that will put college within reach for a new generation of Texans.

  • Creating Opportunity for All Texans

Wendy Davis coauthored legislation that established a new university in South Texas within the University of Texas System, which will result in a single institution that serves the entire Rio Grande Valley. This expansion of the university system represents a step toward bringing higher education resources outside of the main Central Texas corridors and improving access to higher education for students.

In addition, Wendy Davis coauthored legislation to help Texas universities reach Tier One status to ensure all Texans have access to quality and affordable higher education opportunities.

Wendy Davis will fight to make more Texas schools Tier One schools, thereby expanding access to top education opportunities and bringing world-class research programs and economic growth to communities across the state.

  • Honoring Our Heroes

Wendy Davis also worked to strengthen the Hazlewood Act, which offers veterans expanded opportunity and financial encouragement to pursue higher education.

Wendy Davis supports the College Credit for Heroes program, which allows colleges and universities to award course credit for experience, education and training obtained during military service. This program helps veterans save time and money as they pursue degrees and transition into the civilian workforce.

“Los tejanos merecen más que líderes fallidos que dan favores a sus amigos y lacayos detrás de puertas cerradas. Texas ha esperado demasiado tiempo por un Gobernador que sepa que ‘quid pro quo’ no debería ser el ‘status quo’”

Wendy Davis

“Los tejanos merecen más que líderes fallidos que dan favores a sus amigos y lacayos detrás de puertas cerradas. Texas ha esperado demasiado tiempo por un Gobernador que sepa que ‘quid pro quo’ no debería ser el ‘status quo’”

Wendy Davis

Transparencia Gubernamental

Wendy Davis sabe que ningún tejano debería comprar su lugar en el futuro de nuestro estado. Negocios internos, cortes de impuestos especiales, y favores a amigos políticos: esa no es la forma de hacer negocios en Texas. Algunos de nuestros líderes electos han convertido a agencias y programas estatales en sus cuentas de ahorros personales, dando favores a amigos, premiando a donantes, y promoviendo sus propios intereses.

En el Senado de Texas, Wendy lideró legislaciones que requieren que corporaciones que reciben subsidios del gobierno regresen el dinero si no cumplen con sus obligaciones. Ella apoya opciones para eliminar la corrupción y el desecho de las agencias gubernamentales. Y apoya cambios en el proceso presupuestario del estado para asegurar que los que pagan impuestos puedan ver como cada dólar es gastado.

“We need to ensure that Texas continues to lead by creating good paying jobs that strengthen our economy and provide all hardworking Texans with the opportunity to succeed.”

Wendy Davis

“We need to ensure that Texas continues to lead by creating good paying jobs that strengthen our economy and provide all hardworking Texans with the opportunity to succeed.”

Wendy Davis

Strong Economy

  • Education

Investing in our schools to ensure all Texas children have access to quality educational opportunities and good-paying jobs is key to Texas’ economic success. As Governor, Wendy Davis will:

• Implement quality, full-day Pre-K for every child.

• Ensure we test less and teach more.

• Cut administrative costs and bureaucratic waste to put more money in our classrooms.

• Make college more accessible and affordable through college-credit hours available to high school students and by doubling the number of early college high schools.

• Invest in the TEXAS Grant program, Texas’ need-based funding program for higher education students.

• Support the advancement of Texas universities to Tier one status.

  • Infrastructure

A strong infrastructure is essential for Texas to create good paying jobs and stay competitive in the 21st Century economy. As Governor, Wendy Davis will:

• Fight for smart, sufficient, and sustainable investment for Texas’ transportation infrastructure.

• Ensure the voter-approved State Water Plan is implemented transparently and effectively, so Texas families and business have the water supply they need.

  • Honest Pay for Honest Work

Hardworking Texas families are the key to our economic success, and a full day’s work is worth a full day’s pay. As Governor, Wendy Davis will:

• Fight to increase the minimum wage, ensuring 2.8 million hardworking Texans have better paying jobs — including 1.5 million women, 917,000 parents, and 368,000 people over the age of 55.

• Sign the Texas Equal Pay Act to help close the pay gap and ensure that women and all Texans are paid equally for doing the same work.

  • Energy

Our energy industry builds our schools, boosts our infrastructure and creates hundreds of thousands of jobs. As Governor, Wendy Davis will:

• Help our energy industry remain a leader in innovation and technological advancement.

• Use the combined advantage of our oil and gas, wind and solar abundance to lower families’ energy bills and grow Texas’ economic prosperity.

• Protect private property rights and quality of life for Texas residents as the energy industry continues to grow and thrive.

• Work with the industry to ensure that Texas takes full advantage of its leadership in clean energy like natural gas production and wind energy to become an even bigger energy exporter to other states.

  • Economic Development Funds & Tax Exemptions

When responsibly invested, economic development funds can help bring new businesses and jobs into the state, promote innovation, and encourage technological advancements. But under the wrong leadership and without accountability, too often they become giveaways to special interests and insiders that drain valuable resources from essential investments like our schools and increase taxes on working Texas families. As Governor, Wendy Davis will:

• Promote transparency, accountability, and responsible investment of economic development funds to ensure they actually create jobs, as well as encourage innovation and development that benefits all Texans.

• Establish strong, independent oversight of our incentive funds.

• Ensure transparency and accountability of tax exemptions.

  • Medicaid Expansion

Wendy Davis believes we cannot let $100 billion of Texas tax dollars leave the state and pay for healthcare in other states like California, New York and Florida. We need to keep those dollars here at home to relieve the burden on local governments and create 300,000 new jobs.

"Amamos a Texas, no sólo por lo bueno que es, sino por lo que puede llegar a ser. Queremos luchar por Texas y ayudar a las compañías tejanas a crecer."

Wendy Davis

"Amamos a Texas, no sólo por lo bueno que es, sino por lo que puede llegar a ser. Queremos luchar por Texas y ayudar a las compañías tejanas a crecer."

Wendy Davis

Economía Fuerte

Texas es un lugar donde la gente viene a encontrar sus sueños. La gente viene, trabaja duro, comienza una familia y compra una casa. Texas es tierra de oportunidades y de salir adelante. Pero con el liderazgo actual éstas oportunidades están fuera del alcance de demasiados tejanos.

Wendy sabe que debemos poner a los tejanos primero cuando hablamos de empleos y crecimiento económico en nuestro estado. Tenemos que fortalecer nuestras familias trabajadoras para proteger a la Texas que todos amamos.

En el Concejo Ciudadano de Fort Worth, Wendy lideró el desarrollo económico. Trabajando con líderes comunitarios, políticos y económicos, los esfuerzos de Wendy resultaron en más de $260 millones en nuevas inversiones, miles de trabajos y la revitalización de comunidades.

Como Gobernadora, Wendy trabajará para hacer de Texas el líder nacional en empleos que pagan suficiente para criar familias. Trabajará para asegurar que Texas permanezca como líder en petróleo y gas natural, pero también en energías renovables como viento y solar.

En el Senado, fue autora de una ley para poner a “Los Trabajos de Texas Primero” requiriendo que el gobierno estatal, cuando sea posible, le de a las compañías tejanas la primera oportunidad de conseguir contratos, y pasó legislación que requiere que el Departamento de Transporte le de preferencia a contratistas locales para ciertos proyectos de infraestructura.

Wendy se está lanzando a Gobernadora para proteger a las familias trabajadoras, aumentar la inversión en escuelas públicas, y arreglar nuestra infraestructura para crear empleos y fortalecer vecindarios a lo largo y ancho de Texas.

“We want to see the veterans who risked their lives protecting ours get the support they need when they return to Texas.”

Wendy Davis

“We want to see the veterans who risked their lives protecting ours get the support they need when they return to Texas.”

Wendy Davis

Veterans

Wendy Davis believes our fellow Texans in uniform deserve respect and support when they come home. Our veterans should have access to education, get credit for the training that they received while in the service, and be welcomed back into the workforce in Texas.

Wendy has worked to make sure that veterans, service members, and their families are provided every opportunity for a quality education. This includes college tuition exemptions, more college counselors available to help veterans, and strong support for Hazlewood benefits.

Our military offers some of the best job training in the world. In the Senate, Wendy helped change a law to require state agencies to provide credit towards occupational licenses for job-relevant training our veterans received in the military.

Wendy Davis has pushed for and supported policies that would create jobs for our service men and women upon their re-entry into civilian life. In the 83rd Legislature, Senator Davis supported the establishment of the Veteran Entrepreneur Program, and wrote and co-sponsored laws to make it easier for service members to get their trucking, plumbing, and electrician licenses.

As Governor, Wendy will continue to fight for those who fought for us. Whether it’s job training, mental health counseling, or funding for existing services, Wendy will continue to support programs for our veterans.

“Queremos ver que los veteranos que arriesgaron sus vidas para protegernos tengan el apoyo necesario cuando regresen a Texas.”

Wendy Davis

“Queremos ver que los veteranos que arriesgaron sus vidas para protegernos tengan el apoyo necesario cuando regresen a Texas.”

Wendy Davis

Veteranos

Wendy Davis cree que nuestros compañeros tejanos de uniforme merecen respeto y apoyo cuando regresan a casa. Nuestros veteranos deberían tener acceso a educación, recibir crédito por el entrenamiento que reciben mientras sirven, y ser bienvenidos a la fuerza laboral en Texas.

Wendy ha trabajado para asegurar que veteranos, miembros de servicio, y sus familias tengan acceso a una educación de calidad. Esto incluye cortes para costo de matrículas en la universidad, más consejeros universitarios para ayudarlos, y un apoyo fuerte a los beneficios Hazlewood.

Nuestras Fuerzas Armadas ofrecen uno de los mejores entrenamientos laborales en el mundo. En el Senado, Wendy ayudó a crear una ley que requiere a agencias estatales proveer créditos hacia licencias ocupacionales para entrenamiento que nuestros veteranos recibieron mientras servían en el ejército.

Wendy Davis ha apoyado a políticas que crean trabajos para nuestros veteranos una vez regresan a su vida civil. En la legislatura 83, la Senadora Davis apoyó el establecimiento del “Veteran Entrepeneur Program,” y escribió leyes para hacer más fácil que miembros de servicio obtengan licencias de operación de camiones, plomería y electricidad.

Como Gobernadora, Wendy continuará luchando por aquellos que lucharon por nosotros. Ya sea entrenamiento laboral, asuntos de salud mental, o dar más fondos para servicios que ya existen, Wendy continuará luchando por apoyar programas para veteranos.

“All Texas women should be able to be safe, have access to basic healthcare and be paid fairly for the work they do.”

Wendy Davis

“All Texas women should be able to be safe, have access to basic healthcare and be paid fairly for the work they do.”

Wendy Davis

Working for Women

  • Fighting Against Closure of Women’s Health Centers

Wendy Davis stood for nearly 13 hours to fight against Austin insiders trying to close 60 health centers across Texas that once provided hundreds of thousands of women with care they can’t get elsewhere.

  • Empowering Rape Survivors, Cracking Down on Rapists

Wendy Davis authored the second law in U.S. history to focus on eradicating the state’s backlog of thousands of untested rape kits to ensure sexual predators are brought to justice.

  • Ending Sexual Violence

Wendy Davis has also passed laws to make certain that survivors of sexual assault can be treated and have their evidence collected at almost any hospital with an ER and be kept up to date on the status of their case.

  • Fighting for Equal Pay

Wendy Davis passed a bipartisan equal pay for equal work bill in 2013, which would have conformed Texas law with federal law and allowed victims of wage discrimination to pursue their case in state court. Governor Perry vetoed the bill. Texas is one of only four states that does not have equal pay for equal work protections.

In Texas, the median pay for a woman working full time, year-round is $33,689 per year, while the median yearly pay for a man is $42,044. When broken down, full-time, year-round Texas women are paid about 82 cents for every dollar paid to men, amounting to a yearly gap of $7,859 between men and women.

“Texas deserves a governor who will keep our families and communities safe.”

Wendy Davis

“Texas deserves a governor who will keep our families and communities safe.”

Wendy Davis

Public Safety

  • Cracking Down on Rapists

Wendy Davis authored the second law in U.S. history to focus on eradicating the backlog of thousands of untested rape kits to ensure sexual predators are brought to justice.

  • Empowering Rape Survivors

Wendy Davis has also passed laws to make certain that survivors of sexual assault can be treated and have their evidence collected at almost any hospital ER and be kept up to date on the status of their case.

  • Fighting Domestic Violence

Wendy Davis supported laws to improve how the state addresses domestic violence. She broadened the emergency resources available to survivors fleeing their abusers, worked to ensure survivors maintain custody and property rights, and extended protective orders to shield a victim’s animal companion from being harmed or abused.

  • Stopping Human Trafficking

Wendy Davis has been a leader in the fight against human trafficking throughout her time in the Senate, including making improvements to Texas Crime Stoppers, creating the Human Trafficking Prevention Taskforce, and increasing penalties and offenses under the criminal code.

  • Protecting Children

Wendy Davis sponsored the law that requires computer technicians to report child pornography to law enforcement.

  • Cracking Down on DWIs

In 2009, then two year-old Abdallah Khader and his family were rear-ended by a drunk driver, who had seven prior drunk driving convictions and a blood-alcohol level that was more than three times the legal limit. The crash caused severe brain damage to little Abdallah – leaving him permanently disabled for the rest of his life. Inspired by his story, Wendy sponsored and passed “Abdallah’s Act,” a law that enhanced the penalty for a drunk driving accident if the victim is left in a persistent vegetative state. The law also increased the penalty if a driver is found to have a blood-alcohol level almost double the legal limit or higher.

  • Protecting Texans’ Right To Know

While Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled to keep the locations of explosive chemicals secret, Wendy Davis will work to keep Texans safe by calling on the legislature to clarify that Texans are entitled to basic chemical information under the Texas Community Right-to-Know Act.