Before a marathon filibuster thrust Wendy Davis into the national spotlight, the Democratic state senator was already busy building a name for herself.
“The filibuster was the time that most Texans and certainly most Americans heard her name for the first time," Democratic strategist Harold Cook said. "But I can assure you she was making her mark in the Texas Senate a couple years prior to that."
Now the Democrats’ top pick to run for governor, Davis’ political work began in her home district of Fort Worth when she was elected to City Council.
"She was a standout on the city council in Fort Worth,” Cook said. “I say standout, because it was kind of a sign of things to come."
Davis moved her political career into the State Capitol in 2008 when she was elected to the senate. As a freshman lawmaker, she made her mark in her fight for public school funding.
While Davis has yet to announce her intentions for the gubernatorial race, her supporters aren’t waiting for confirmation.
"A lot of this movement hasn't been to her doing,” Cook said. “It's just the enthusiasm of fans that she's picked up along the way."
YNN’s political team will be in Fort Worth for Senator Davis' announcement Thursday and we will carry it live here on YNN.com. It’s scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.