Personal Profile

Full Name Kirk Watson
Age 59
Hometown Austin
Race White
Occupation Attorney
Education B.A., Baylor University; J.D., Baylor University
Spouse: Liz
Religion Christian
Church First Baptist Church of Austin

Kirk Watson is the Texas State Senator for District 14, first elected in 2006.

He is serving on the Business & Commerce, Finance, Government Facilities, Select, Higher Education and the Nominations committees. He previously served vice chairman of Higher Education and as a member of the Transportation, and Economic Development committees. Watson also serves as the Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. He also is a former Austin mayor.

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 and his wife, Liz, have two sons, Preston and Cooper.

Information in this bio was provided by Watson's office.
Last updated: March 22, 2015.