Wendy Davis to speak to legal gathering in D.C.

Former state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth
Former state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth AP

Former state Sen. Wendy Davis is heading to Washington, D.C., this week.

While there, the Fort Worth Democrat who lost a bid last year to become Texas governor to Republican Greg Abbott will speak Friday at the American Constitution Society for Law and Society conference.

She is on a list of speakers that includes former Attorney General Eric Holder and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“The ACS National Convention is the premier legal event of the year, drawing more than 1,000 of the nation’s leading progressive judges, scholars, lawyers and policymakers,” the group’s website says.

Davis, an attorney and former Fort Worth City Council member, gained nationwide attention in 2013 for her more than 11-hour filibuster in 2013 against a bill tightening restrictions on abortion in Texas. She and fellow Democrats prevailed that night but the bill was passed a few weeks later.


Trade is the watchword on Capitol Hill these days and U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell, is there. As of April 30, Marchant was appointed to the House Ways and Means Committee’s subcommittee on Trade.

“I am honored to be assigned to the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee,” Marchant said in a statement. “Trade is a vital pillar of the Texas economy that supports three million jobs in our state — that’s more than one in five. Texas has also led the nation in exports for the past 12 years running and recently surpassed California as the top high-tech exporter in the country. This has helped create thousands more high-quality, good paying jobs for individuals and families across the state.”

Marchant gave up a seat on the Ways and Means Committee’s Oversight subcommittee to serve on the Trade subcommittee. He also serves on the tax-writing committee’s health subcommittee. The committee is an “A committee,” which means members may not serve on any other panel without a waiver from the speaker.

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