The Texas Politics Speaker Series presents "A Conversation with State Senator Kirk Watson." James Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project, will talk with Watson (D-Austin) about his career in politics, his work on the Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education, and his most recent 10-goal proposal for a University of Texas at Austin medical school in Austin. Watson will also take questions from the audience.
Watson represents District 14, covering most of Travis and all of Bastrop counties. He currently serves on the Senate committees on business and commerce, economic development, higher education and nominations, as well as the Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency. He also chairs the Texas Senate Democratic Caucus.
This year, Texas Monthly magazine recognized him with an honorable mention in its coverage of the state's best legislators and was named legislative "Rookie of the Year" in 2007. Within the Austin community, Senator Watson is a former mayor and former chair of both the Texas Advisory Board for Environmental Defense and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.
The Texas Politics Speaker Series, a division of Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services, brings to the university campus people from across the political spectrum and from all levels of government to discuss compelling political and policy issues. Speakers and topics are selected to engage students and the public, while providing insight into how the political process works in Texas.