Wendy Davis launches bid for Congress in Texas

Wendy Davis launches bid for Congress in Texas
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Former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) launched her bid for Congress on Monday, taking aim at Rep. Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyLawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings Trump congratulates China on anniversary as GOP lawmakers decry communist rule Texas Republicans sound alarm about rapidly evolving state MORE's (R) seat. 

Davis, who is known for her 13-hour filibuster against an anti-abortion bill in the Texas Legislature in 2013, made her announcement in a campaign video titled "Amazing," which details her family and childhood story. 




Roy's seat, the state's 21st Congressional District, has become a target for Democrats looking to make inroads in the historically red state. 

Democrat Joseph Kopser narrowly lost his bid for the seat against Roy by just 3 points in 2018. 

Davis's decision to run comes four years after she lost her gubernatorial bid to Gov. Greg Abbot (R) by roughly 20 points. 

The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee (NRCCC) took aim at Davis in a statement, saying she has a "socialist agenda." 


“It’s beyond parody that Wendy Davis is attempting to make her political comeback in a district she lost by 20 points last time around," a spokesperson from the committee said in a statement. "Texans resoundingly rejected Davis and her socialist agenda 5 years ago, and will do so again in 2020.”

Party leaders, including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Speaker Pelosi, it's time to throw American innovators a lifeline Why Americans must tune in to the Trump impeachment hearings MORE (D-Calif.), have reportedly signaled their interest in fueling a Democratic challenge for the seat as well. 

The Texas Tribune reported last week that the Speaker and other party leaders were planning to host an event for Davis in Washington on Tuesday. 

The publication reported that House Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) and House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairwoman Katherine Clark (Mass.) would also be in attendance. 

-- Updated at 11:44 a.m.