Austin has so many people, universities, foundations and other resources that help us stay healthy. But, there's more we need – more doctors, new technologies, better healthcare access – to protect our community’s future.
Come hear Senator Watson discuss his initiative to bring a medical school, teaching hospital, and comprehensive system of healthcare to Austin using 10 Goals in 10 Years.
About our Speaker
Kirk Watson is former mayor of Austin and has been described by Texas Monthly Biz magazine as "a man with a vision of what the community wants and the moxie to carry it out."
Watson was elected to the Texas Senate in 2006. He represents most of Travis County in the Texas Senate. In 2009, he was recognized by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the state's "10 Best Legislators," among many other recognitions.
Senator Watson's priorities center on education and higher education, health care, economic development, 21st Century energy generation, environmental protection, transportation, budget transparency, and state employees. He serves on the Senate committees overseeing Business and Commerce, Economic Development, Nominations, and Higher Education, and he is Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security.
From 1991 to 1993, Watson served as Chair of the Texas Air Control Board, the state agency that was charged with addressing air quality in Texas. He was Vice-Chair of the committee that oversaw the consolidation of the Texas Air Control Board with the Texas Water Commission creating the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission, now known as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
He also has served as Chair of both the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Advisory Board of Environmental Defense, and he has been a member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of Texas. He also has chaired the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, the primary transportation planning agency for Central Texas.
As a cancer survivor, Senator Watson is also passionate about making sure that all Texans, particularly children, have access to health care. He has been active in numerous health organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and he served on the original board of the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Senator Watson graduated from Baylor University and was first in his law school class at Baylor Law School. He has been named an outstanding young alumnus of Baylor, Young Baylor Lawyer of the Year, and the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas. He is currently a partner with the law firm Brown McCarroll, L.L.P., working as a lawyer, mediator, public affairs consultant.
Senator Watson has been married to his wife, Liz, for more than 27 years. They have two sons, Preston and Cooper. Preston attends the University of Texas at Austin, and Cooper goes to Austin High School.