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}}{{tnr}}'''Kirk Watson''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[Texas State Senate]], representing District 14 since 2007.
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}}{{tnr}}'''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.
  
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==Biography==
 
Watson graduated with a B.A. from Baylor University and also graduated with a J.D. from Baylor Law School in 1981.
 
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.<ref> [http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=57991 Kirk Watson from Project Vote Smart]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=57991 Kirk Watson from Project Vote Smart]</ref>
==District 14==
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Kirk Watson represents District 14, which includes the parts of the county of Travis, Texas.<ref> [http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/Senate/senmem.htm Texas Senate Districts by Number]</ref>
 
 
==Committee assignments==
 
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===2011-2012===
 
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Watson served on the following [[Texas State Senate|Texas Senate]] committees:
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:: ''See also: [[Texas State Senate elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Texas State Senate elections, 2012]]''
  
Watson ran in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Texas State Senate elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/index.shtml Texas Secretary of State - 2012 Election and Candidate Information]</ref>
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Watson ran in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Texas State Senate elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/index.shtml Texas Secretary of State - 2012 Election and Candidate Information]</ref>
  
 
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===2010===
 
===2010===
Watson raised a total of $1,299,315 in 2010. Below are Watson's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=117565 Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions]</ref>
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Watson raised a total of $1,299,315 in 2010. Below are Watson's top five campaign contributors in the 2010 election:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=117565 Follow the Money - 2010 Campaign contributions]</ref>
 
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===2006===
 
===2006===
  
In 2006, a year in which Watson was up for election, he collected $1,562,229 in donations. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=81244 2006 contributions to Kirk Watson]</ref>
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In 2006, a year in which Watson was up for election, he collected $1,562,229 in donations.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=81244 2006 contributions to Kirk Watson]</ref>
  
 
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==Personal==
 
==Personal==
  
Watson was born on March 18, 1958 in Saginaw, Tx.  He and his wife, Liz, have two children: Preston and Cooper.
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Watson and his wife, Liz, have two children: Preston and Cooper.
  
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* Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=134591 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=98477 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=81244 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=6458 2002]
 
* Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=134591 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=98477 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=81244 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=6458 2002]
 
* [http://www.watson.senate.state.tx.us/ Kirk Watson Texas Website]
 
* [http://www.watson.senate.state.tx.us/ Kirk Watson Texas Website]
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* [http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist14/dist14.htm State Senate District 14 Office Website]
 
* [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kirk-Watson/19742533018 Kirk Watson Facebook]
 
* [http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kirk-Watson/19742533018 Kirk Watson Facebook]
  

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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 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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
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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

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

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.[2]

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.[3]

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).[4]

Watson raised $1,562,229 for his campaign while Howard raised $11,317.[5]

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

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

Watson raised a total of $1,299,315 in 2010. Below are Watson's top five campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[6]

Contributor 2010 total
Brown McCaroll LLP $40,296
Williams Kherkher $40,000
Border Health $25,000
Mattsson, Chris $25,000
Penn, F Walter $22,500

2006

In 2006, a year in which Watson was up for election, he collected $1,562,229 in donations.[7]

His four largest contributors in 2006 were:

Donor Amount
Williams Bailey Law Firm $60,000
Good Government PAC $50,000
Provost & Umphrey $27,250
Bettye Nowlin $25,000

Scorecards

Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

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."[8] Legislators are graded along a standard grading scale, receiving grades A through F based on their performance during the legislative session.

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
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Texas Senate District 14
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