Hon. Kirk Watson
Watson was elected to the Texas Senate in 2006. He represents most of Travis County and all of Bastrop County in the Texas Senate. Among other recognitions, Texas Monthly magazine named him one of the state's 10 Best Legislators in 2009.
His priorities center on education, health care, transportation, budget transparency, and state employees. He serves as vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Nominations and also sits on the committees overseeing Finance, Health and Human Services, and Higher Education as well as the Joint Oversight Committee on Government Facilities and the Sunset Advisory Commission.
Hon. Judith Zaffirini
Senator Zaffirini has received more than 950 awards and honors for her legislative, public service, and professional work, including more than 280 in communication. They include being named to the All Decades Teams for the 2000s and the 1990s and 10 Best of the 2017 Legislature by Capitol Inside and a Hero of Hope.
Her legendary work ethic is reflected in her 100 percent voting record, having cast more than 60,000 consecutive votes, and her perfect attendance in the Texas Senate since 1987, except for breaking quorum deliberately to prevent an untimely re-redistricting that the U.S. Supreme Court (2006) ruled violated the Voting Rights Act and disenfranchised voters in SD 21. She has sponsored and passed 1,024 bills and 53 substantive resolutions.