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Sen. Kirk Watson

Texas State Senate
District 14

Kirk Watson is State Senator for District 14.  He is a lawyer and former Austin Mayor.  He  currently is a partner with the law firm Husch Blackwell, LLP.  In addition, he is former Chair of both the Texas Advisory Board for Environmental Defense and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Senator Watson served on the original Board of Directors for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society, local chapter. He and his family have been active with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  He has served on several boards, including KLRU, Ballet Austin, El Buen Samaritano health clinic and the Community Partnership for the Homeless.

Senator Watson has been recognized repeatedly for his legislative work and earned numerous endorsements, awards and recognitions, including "Austinite of the Year" by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Family Magazine's "Favorite Local Hero," the "Best of Austin – Best Citizen" Reader's Choice Award from the Austin Chronicle, and the " Pro Texana – Medal of Service" from Baylor University.

Senator Watson is the chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus.  He serves on the Senate committees overseeing Business and Commerce, Economic Development, Nominations, Transportation, and he is Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Higher Education.  Senator Watson is a past chair of CAMPO, the primary transportation planning agency for Central Texas.

He is married to Liz McDaniel Watson.  Kirk and Liz have two boys, Preston and Cooper.