Where they stand on the issues: Abortion | Education | Gay Marriage | Immigration | Transportation
The Texas gubernatorial race is perhaps one of the most important races since 2002 when Rick Perry was first elected governor. Perry’s decision not to seek reelection in 2014 means the seat is up for grabs.
Greg Abbott – Republican
A native Texan, Attorney General Abbott was born in Wichita Falls and raised in Duncanville. After graduating from The University of Texas, he received his law degree from Vanderbilt University. Shortly after graduating from law school, he was partially paralyzed by a falling tree while jogging. He and his wife, Cecilia, a former school teacher and principal, have been married for 33 years.
Experience: Texas Attorney General (2002-Present); Texas Supreme Court Associate Justice (1995-2001); State District Judge (Harris County)
Favorite Austin Restaurant: Matt’s El Rancho
Favorite Texas Team: University of Texas Longhorns
Wendy Davis – Democrat
Wendy Davis was born in Rhode Island but grew up mostly in Texas. When she was 13-years-old, her parents divorced, and a teenage Wendy had to work to help the single mother make ends meet. As a teenager, Wendy gave birth to her first daughter, but soon after she separated from her first husband. While working full-time, she started taking classes at Tarrant County College and later Texas Christian University. During that time she met her second husband, Jeff Davis. The couple had a daughter. After graduating from TCU, Wendy Davis was accepted into Harvard Law School. Jeff and Wendy Davis tried for another child. However, Davis revealed in her memoir that two pregnancies ended with abortions for medical reasons. Working as an attorney, she was elected to the Fort Worth City Council. In 2008 she defeated Republican State Sen. Kim Brimer in what many considered an upset.
Experience: Texas State Senator (2008-Present); Fort Worth City Council Member (1999-2008)
Favorite Austin Restaurant: The Counter Cafe
Favorite Texas Team: Texas Christian University Horned Frogs