TX Sen. Wendy Davis Slated as Speaker for Brazos Co. Dems Event

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College Station UPDATE: The event had to be reschedule due to a death in Sen. Davis' family. It is now scheduled for October 27th.

State Senator Wendy Davis - famous for a multi-hour filibuster on the Texas Senate floor against sweeping restrictions on abortion clinics at the end of the first special session - will soon be dropping by the Brazos Valley.

The Brazos County Democratic Party's website lists Davis as a keynote speaker for its 'Jefferson-Jackson Day Banquet and Silent Auction'. The event is set to take place Sunday, October 27th at the College Station Hilton Hotel.

Davis gained national attention for an effort to block SB-5, which would have banned abortions in Texas after 20 weeks and re-structured the facility guidelines for abortion providers in such a way that a majority of those clinics would have to shut down.

The debate came to a head on the final day of the first special session, where Davis's filibuster garnered a large audience, online and in-person, as thousands of pro-choice supporters filled the gallery of the Senate chambers. The filibuster and procedural votes ran up until midnight in a chaotic yelling match - with outbursts from Republicans, Democrats and protesters in the Capitol.

The vote failed, and although the measure was later adopted in another special legislative session, Davis was given a platform on a national stage to talk about her views on what she saw to be efforts to restrict the ability of women to choose for themselves what to do when it comes to abortion and other womens' health issues.

Davis has since gone on a number of speaking tours across Texas, which has led some to speculate that she may make a run for Texas governor in 2014. So far no Democratic candidate has filed.

The event in College Station will also feature Juanita Jean and Gilberto Hinojosa, the Chair of the Texas Democratic Party.