News Release From the Office of State Senator Wendy Davis

June 5, 2009
Contact: Bernie Scheffler, (512) 463-0110

Davis Accomplishes Much for Texas Families in First Session
Freshman Senator Named "Rookie of the Year" for Fearlessly Tackling Tough Issues, Says Real Winners are Her District 10 Constituents

AUSTIN - With the dust just settling after the 81st legislative session adjourned Sine Die late Monday, Texas Monthly today named freshman Senator Wendy Davis "Rookie of the Year." Senator Davis took the opportunity to reflect on the legislation she had passed on behalf of the families in her home district, and across Texas.

"That old rule that freshmen are supposed to stay quiet? She proved it can be ignored if you're smart, tough, and well prepared," Texas Monthly wrote.

"All of the measures we worked so hard on were designed to maintain or improve our state's standing as a great place to live, work, and raise a family," Senator Davis said. "Of course, I'm honored that Texas Monthly has named me Rookie of the Year, but my greatest honor is that my constituents back home in Tarrant County deemed me worthy of representing them in the Texas Senate. The concerns that so many families voiced to me formed the basis of my legislative agenda, so my hat is off to them for helping us work toward positive solutions to those concerns."

Among the successful legislation carried by Senator Davis:

Among the measures that Senator Davis fought to pass through the Senate, but which stalled in the House of Representatives:

"It was a challenging legislative session, but I am proud of the accomplishments we made on behalf of Texas families, and I am looking forward to continuing this work in the interim and future legislative sessions," Senator Davis said.