Sen. Kirk Watson is a former Austin mayor first elected to represent SD-14 in 2006. He is vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Higher Education and serves on the Business & Commerce, Nominations, Transportation, and Economic Development committees. Watson also serves as the Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus.
Watson served as chairman of the Texas Air Control Board from 1991 to 1993 and has also chaired the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Advisory Board of Environmental Defense. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Texas.
Watson is a cancer survivor active in various health organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He also served as an original board member of the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
He was named by Texas Monthly as the 2007 “Legislative Rookie of the Year.”
Watson graduated from Baylor University and was first in his law school class at Baylor Law School. He has been named by the school as an “Outstanding Young Alumnus,” “Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year,” and as the “Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas.”
Watson has been married to his wife, Liz, for more than 27 years. They have two sons, Preston and Cooper.