AUSTIN, Texas — Wendy Davis launched her national political career when she filibustered an abortion bill wearing pink Mizuno running shoes, and now the woman who will replace her in the Texas State Senate will be sworn into office on Tuesday in her own statement footwear with a proudly pro-life message.
State Senator-elect Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) will step forward as Senate District 10’s next representative in a pair of custom made black leather boots with a “Stand for Life” logo in purple lettering on the front. During Davis’ filibuster, #stand4life became a nationally trending hashtag, and it remains a popular slogan among pro-life activists to use on social media.
Burton was well known in her district as a tea party leader and strong fiscal conservative, and her electoral victory received national media attention, as conservative activists cheered the message sent by replacing Davis with not just a Republican, but one who was an outspoken advocate for life and was endorsed by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
In contrast to her predecessor’s opposition to restrictions on abortions, Burton is staunchly pro-life. She and her husband are active in their church and adopted their two daughters from the Fort Worth adoption center where she served as a volunteer member of the board.
Burton told Breitbart Texas that she was looking forward to getting to work representing SD 10, and was excited about the message that she hoped her boots would send. “Senate District 10 was brought into national spotlight with a pair of shoes,” said Burton, “It’s humbling to be allowed the opportunity to redeem that history today. As a Senator I am here to protect the rights of the citizens of District 10, life is the first of those rights.”
Burton will be sworn into office at noon on Tuesday, January 13, the first day of Texas’ 84th Legislative Session.
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