(born March 18, 1958) is a Texas
attorney and Democratic
politician from Austin
. He served as Austin mayor
. He ran unsuccessfully for Texas Attorney General
in the 2002
election, defeated by the Republican Greg Abbott
. In 2006
, Watson was elected to the Texas State Senate
from District 14
Watson is the husband of Liz (Elizabeth Anne McDaniel) and father of Preston McDaniel and Cooper Kyle Watson.
Early life and career
Kirk Preston Watson was born March 18, 1958 in Oklahoma City
and grew up in the Fort Worth, Texas
area, attending public school in Saginaw, Texas
. Watson attended Baylor University
where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts
degree in 1980 and a J.D.
in 1981. While attending Baylor Law School
Watson was editor-in-chief of the Baylor Law Review and graduated first in his law school class. He subsequently clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Early in his legal career, Watson was elected President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and served on the executive committee of the State Bar of Texas
. In 1994, he was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas. In 1997, Watson co-founded the Austin law firm of Watson Bishop London & Galow, creating a broad law practice that represented families, doctors, small businesses, and some of the state's major universities.
In 1991 Watson was appointed by Texas Governor Ann Richards
to serve as Chair of the Texas Air Control Board, the state... Read More