Wendy Davis Gave Conflicting Story on Her Divorce

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis
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January 20, 2014

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D.) told a court in 2012 that she was 19 when she first got her divorce, however she was really 21, BuzzFeed reported.

On the campaign trail for Texas governor, Davis has also told audiences her story of struggling as a single teenage mother who made her way through college and then law school with the help of "scholarships and student loans," according to the Dallas News.  Divorce documents show that she was not officially divorced from her first husband, Frank Underwood, until she was 21. She briefly lived in Underwood's mobile home until she moved into an apartment.

Davis met her second husband Jeff Davis shortly after her divorce. After they started dating, Jeff Davis helped pay for Wendy Davis' education at Texas Christian University and later helped her through Harvard Law School.

The Dallas News reports:

When she was accepted to Harvard Law School, Jeff Davis cashed in his 401(k) account and eventually took out a loan to pay for her final year there.

"I was making really good money then, well over six figures," he said. "But when you’ve got someone at Harvard, you’ve got bills to pay, you’ve got two small kids. The economy itself was marginal. You do what you have to do, no big deal."

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