Sacramento, CA – June 26, 2015 – Senator Kirk Watson, 14th District, was awarded the 18th annual Bob Bullock Award for Outstanding Public Stewardship at the Texas Digital Government Summit on June 25, at the historic Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas.
The Bob Bullock Award is presented each year to a Texas state executive or elected official for outstanding leadership, innovation and a career that demonstrates dedication to serving Texas citizens. Bob Bullock was a former Texas politician who during his career served as the state’s comptroller.
Senator Watson is the 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.” He 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 Senator Watson one of the state’s 10 Best Legislators in 2009. Texas Monthly has recognized him in each session he’s served, naming him Rookie of the Year in his first session (2007) and giving him honorable mentions in both 2011 and 2013.
In addition to his ongoing public service to the State of Texas, Senator Watson is being recognized for his commitment to transparency in government and for the legislation he has sponsored encouraging open data and the publication of high-value data sets.
Senator Watson’s priorities center on education, including higher education; health care; economic development; 21st century energy generation; environmental protection; transportation; budget transparency; and empowering state employees. He serves on the Senate committees overseeing Finance, Business and Commerce, Nominations, and Higher Education.
Past winners of the award include: Kyle L. Janek, M.D., Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner; Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office and a Texas State Senator; and Larry Temple, Executive Director of the Texas Workforce Commission.
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