Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“It was always a great day to be a Texas Democrat with Senator Kirk Watson on the floor of the Texas Senate. Senator Watson is a true champion and ally in every sense of the word.
“He led Democrats in the Texas Senate to fight epic battles, advocated for quality affordable healthcare for Texans, protected a woman’s right to choose during the Stand with Texas Women filibuster, championed equality every step of the way, and pushed for fair tax policies while Republicans tried to place the burden on hardworking families.
“Senator Watson’s leadership doesn’t end with the Texas Senate. He will be leading and educating the next generation of great political leaders at the University of Houston.
“On behalf of all Texas Democrats, we are grateful for Senator Watson’s tireless service to Austin and his legacy of service to our state. I want to thank and congratulate him and his wife, Liz. Texas Democrats wish them well as they embark on the next chapter of their lives together. We can’t wait to see what’s next.”