Kirk Watson

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Kirk Watson
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Texas State Senate, District 14
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 8
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
Office website
Kirk Watson is a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate, representing District 14 since 2007.

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]

District 14

Kirk Watson represents District 14, which includes the parts of the county of Travis, Texas.[2]

Committee assignments


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


Watson served on the following Texas Senate committees:




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.[3]

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


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.[4]

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%


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


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Watson raised a total of $1,299,315 in 2010. Below are Watson's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2010 election:[7]

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


In 2006, a year in which Watson was up for election, he collected $1,562,229 in donations. [8]

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


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


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


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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Political offices
Preceded by
Gonzalo Barrientos
Texas Senate District 14
Succeeded by