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State Senate District 14

4-year term. Must be 21 years or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Texas, and a resident of the district represented. Responsible for representing the citizens of the district in which he/she is elected in the Texas Senate.

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  • George W. Hindman
    (Rep)

  • Micah M. Verlander
    (L)

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    Kirk Watson
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

What do you consider the most critical issue Texas will face over the next five years? If elected, how would you approach this issue?

School finance in Texas has generated lots of talk but little legislation in recent years. What is your philosophy on the future of public school funding?

Do you believe America has a problem with gun violence? If so, how do you plan tackle it?

Congress and the President want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and have taken steps to dismantle it. What role should the government have when it comes to health insurance?

Texas adds about a thousand people a day. This rapid growth has caused several problems. What are the top three issues the government should address because of this growth?

As a Texan, what do you believe is missing from the conversation about immigration and border security? How would your beliefs influence your approach to those policies?

Describe a unique experience from your childhood that shaped who you are today.

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Age 60
Education Texas public school graduate. B.A., Baylor University, magna cum laude. Law degree, Baylor University, cum laude, graduated first in class.
Campaign Phone (512) 542-9744
Website www.kirkwatson.com
Facebook @KirkPWatson
Twitter @KirkPWatson
website www.kirkwatson.com
contact Sarah Howard
Ensuring that opportunity is available to every Texan is essential to our state’s future, and investing in public education — including public schools, community colleges and state universities —is the key to providing that opportunity.
First, those in control of the Capitol must own up to the Legislature’s constitutional obligation to provide for public education and have an honest conversation about how to pay for it. Next, we need to invest in universal pre-kindergarten to give every child the opportunity to succeed. And finally, we must honor the important role of teachers and staff by increasing salaries, reducing their healthcare costs and bolstering their pension.
I support universal background checks, red flag protective orders or some other mechanism to ensure people cannot possess guns while they're in crisis, mandatory reporting of lost or stolen guns and stronger enforcement tools to ensure our existing gun prohibitions are actually followed. I would also support a ban on bump stocks and assault weapons and a safe storage campaign.
I survived metastatic testicular cancer because of my access to early, effective and high-quality health care. Every Texan should have the same opportunity.
1. Transportation 2. Water 3. A revenue system that enables the state to keep up with the growth
Humanity and compassion are missing.
While I had odd jobs at a very young age, such as selling things door to door and mowing lawns, my parents believed that I should have jobs where we clocked in and were responsible to supervisors starting in the summer after the 6th grade. I did and worked through middle school, high school and college.