Kirk Watson

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Kirk Watson
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Texas State Senate, District 14
Incumbent
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$7,200/year
Per diem$150/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBaylor University
J.D.Baylor Law School, 1981
Personal
BirthdayMarch 18, 1958
Place of birthSaginaw, TX
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Kirk Watson (b. March 18, 1958) is a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Watson graduated with a B.A. from Baylor University and also graduated with a J.D. from Baylor Law School in 1981.

In addition to being a senator, Watson is also a partner at Hughes & Luce, Limited Liability Partnership and has held that title since 1997. Prior to his election to the state senate, Watson was also the mayor of Austin and was in that office from 1997 to 2005.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Watson served on the following committees:

Texas Committee Assignments, 2013
Business & Commerce
Economic Development
Higher Education, Vice-chair
Nominations
Transportation
Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Ed Governance, Excellence & Transparency

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Watson served on the following Texas Senate committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Watson served on the following Texas Senate committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 15 of the 31 seats in the Texas State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Kirk Watson was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Watson defeated James Strohm (L) in the general election. David Baron (L) withdrew prior to the Libertarian district convention.[2][3][4]

2012

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

Watson ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 14. Watson ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and defeated Ryan M. Dixon (L) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

Texas State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKirk Watson Incumbent 80.3% 212,527
     Libertarian Ryan Dixon 19.7% 52,187
Total Votes 264,714

2010

See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2010

Watson won re-election to the 14th District seat in 2010. He ran unopposed in the primary.

Watson defeated Republican candidate Mary Lou Serafine and Libertarian candidate Kent Phillips in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

Texas State Senate, District 14
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kirk Watson (D) 115,949 60.72%
Mary Lou Serafine (R) 68,100 35.66%
Kent Phillips (L) 6,884 3.6%

2006

On Nov. 7, 2006, Watson won election to the 14th District Seat in the Texas State Senate, defeating opponent Robert Howard (L).[5]

Watson raised $1,562,229 for his campaign while Howard raised $11,317.[6]

Texas State Senate, District 14 (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kirk Watson (D) 127,223 80.31%
Robert Howard (L) 31,180 19.68%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Watson is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Watson raised a total of $10,152,434 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[7]

Kirk Watson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Texas State Senate, District 14 Won $996,453
2010 Texas State Senate, District 14 Won $1,299,315
2008 Texas State Senate, District 14 Not up for election $912,691
2006 Texas State Senate, District 14 Won $1,562,229
2002 Texas Attorney General Defeated $5,381,746
Grand Total Raised $10,152,434

2012

Watson won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Watson raised a total of $996,453.
Texas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kirk Watson's campaign in 2012
Jones, Charlie$25,000
Texas Association Of Realtors$22,500
Gallagher Law Firm$20,000
Claunch, David$15,000
Wholesale Beer Distributors Of Texas$15,000
Total Raised in 2012$996,453
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Watson won re-election to the Texas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Watson raised a total of $1,299,315.

2008

Watson was not up for election to the Texas State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Watson raised a total of $912,691.

2006

Watson won election to the Texas State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Watson raised a total of $1,562,229.

2002

Watson lost the election for the Texas Attorney General in 2002. During that election cycle, Watson raised a total of $5,381,746.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Texas

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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2013

In 2013, the Texas State Legislature was in its 83rd legislative session from January 8 through May 27. Thirty minutes after the regular session ended, Governor Rick Perry called legislators back for a special session starting that evening.[8] Two additional called sessions were held from July 1 through July 30 and July 30 through August 5.[9]

  • Legislators are scored on bills which relate to economic freedom, the size and scope of government and individual liberty.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Equality Texas - Equality Texas rankings for the Texas House during the 83rd regular legislative session
  • Legislators are assigned grades reflecting votes on LGBT issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to taxes and property rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on issues critical to businesses, taxpayers and families.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • The 2013 TLCV scorecard covers a range of votes and issues, including: water, global warming, environmental regulation, clean energy, clean air, good government, oil and gas regulation and energy efficiency.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for Amendments 2, 12, 51, 95 and 118.
  • Young Conservatives of Texas: Legislative Ratings for the 83rd Legislature
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for House Bill 2.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Concerned Women for America of Texas: Legislative Scorecard for the 83rd session.

2011

In 2011, the Texas State Legislature was in its 82nd legislative session from January 11 through May 30. A special session was called for May 31 through June 29.[9]

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to the organizations principles, missions and goals of responsible, conservative solutions for Texas.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills relating to core budget and free enterprise issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on social issues, economic issues and other issues.
  • The Humane Scorecard assesses support on a broad range of animal protection issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes relating to environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills relating to this issue of abortion.
  • Mark P. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He builds a ranking of Texas state representatives each year based on their votes from the previous session. Jones then ranks legislators based on how liberal and conservative they are according to legislative history.
  • Legislators are scored based on 56 House votes and 38 Senate votes that offer clear public policy choice.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes for bills with the greatest impact on Texas’ environment and public health.
  • Legislators are scored based on consumer-related bills.

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

See also: Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index and Empower Texans

Empower Texans produces the Fiscal Responsibility Index as "a measurement of how lawmakers perform on size and role of government issues." The index uses "exemplar votes on core budget and free enterprise issues that demonstrate legislators' governing philosophy."[10] Legislators were graded along a 0 through 100 scale in 2013 and on an A through F grading scale in 2011.

2013

Watson received a score of 34.1 in the 2013 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

2011

Kirk Watson received a grade of F on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index.

Personal

Watson and his wife, Liz, have two children: Preston and Cooper.

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Preceded by
Gonzalo Barrientos
Texas Senate District 14
2007-present
Succeeded by
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