In the name of transparency, 2014 candidate for governor, Texas Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), opened up her financials to the world this week, with the release of her federal tax returns over the past three years. The senator made national headlines last summer by filibustering for 11 hours against a restrictive abortion bill and again by announcing her gubernatorial bid
So how much does she make? While her paycheck for serving on the Texas Senate is paltry ($7,200 annually), Davis earned $130, 931 in adjusted gross income in 2010 for her legal work, including her role as partner at her own Forth Worth-based law firm, Newby Davis
as well as her position at firm Cantey Hanger. That figure rose the next year to $235,428 and more than doubled by 2012 to $284, 183.
Davis shares partnership of the law firm with Brian C. Newby
, a former chief of staff to conservative Governor Rick Perry, who has not sought reelection in the upcoming governor's race. Newby additionally served as Perry's general counsel before his staff role.
While candidates aren't required to disclose their tax returns, it's customary. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, also running for governor, released his returns in August. The Republican candidate earned about $200,000 a year since 2010, reported the Associated Press
. However, they note, that figure fails to show the millions of tax-exempt dollars he received from a settlement after an accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down in 1984.
View Sen. Wendy Davis' tax returns here:
Davis 2010-2011-2012 Income Tax Returns