She was thrust into the national spotlight after her marathon filibuster against an abortion law in Texas last year. Now State Sen. Wendy Davis is facing questions about her own life story, one that has been central in her campaign for governor.
Davis has been quoted as saying, "I was barely making ends meet and sometimes they didn't," and "By the time I was 19, I was a single parent, and I was living in a mobile home."
The Dallas Morning News has now revealed some inconsistencies in her statements. The newspaper reports that she became a single mother at 21, not 19.
Davis admitted that her language should be "tighter" and clarified a few points. For example, that her divorce only became final when she was 21, writing in a statement: "The truth is that at age 19, I was a teenage mother living alone with my daughter in a trailer and struggling to keep us afloat on my way to a divorce...They say everything's bigger in Texas; well that certainly wasn't the case for the trailer we lived in."
One of the most contentious claims in the piece is that Davis' law school tuition at Harvard was paid by her second husband, who cashed in his 401k for the money. They divorced -- reportedly -- just after the loans were paid off.
Davis acknowledges her husband "helped her fulfill her dream of attending Harvard by cashing in a 401k" and later they took out loans.