June 30, 2017 — State Rep. Sarah Davis, a 2001 graduate of the University of Houston Law Center, is named as one of the 10 best legislators of the 2017 session by Texas Monthly magazine in its July issue.
"Davis is one of the few true moderates left in an increasingly strident Legislature," the magazine stated in its biennial list of the 10 best and 10 worst legislators. "This session she once again proved herself knowledgeable, hardworking, and willing to occasionally break with her party's ideology to do what's best for the state.
"Sarah Davis was seemingly in the middle of everything this session," the article noted, including as a key budget writer heading the House panel on health and human services spending and helping to negotiate concessions in the final budget. She took on several major health issues, the magazine continued, and chaired the House investigations committee that looked into the misuse of state funds by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
"I truly appreciate Texas Monthly naming me a 2017 "Ten Best Legislators in Texas," Davis said. "My constituents have differing perspectives on some issues, but they agree government should be efficient, accountable and practice common sense. Common sense means avoiding divisive ideological battles, focusing instead on consensus building to get results. I've worked with Democrats, Independents and my fellow Republicans to forge agreements.
"While always passing balanced budgets, on my watch Texas has shown strong support for education, greater focus on the unique healthcare needs of women and young Texans in need, and provided strong support for the Texas Medical Center," Davis added.
"Our law school produces great lawyers who do everything," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. "We are proud of Representative Davis' career."
Davis, a resident of West University Place, was first elected in 2010 to represent the Medical Center and Galleria areas.