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 serves as vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Nominations and also sits on the Sunset Advisory Commission and the committees overseeing Finance, Health and Human Services, and Higher Education. Watson led the Senate Democratic Caucus beginning in 2011 and continued as Caucus Chairman through the 2015 legislative session. He also is a former Austin mayor.

Watson is a cancer survivor and has been active in various health organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He also served as an original board member of what is now known as the LiveStrong Foundation. In 2017, the American Medical Association recognized Sen. Watson's contribution to healthcare with the prestigious Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service.

He was named by Texas Monthly as the 2007 “Legislative Rookie of the Year.”

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 has been a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Texas.

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.