Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, fought for basics like equitable education and health care in the face of an increasingly hostile, conservative Lege that from the outset nixed their two-thirds rule, lending the GOP even more unchecked power. Delivering passionate rallies on the floor, Watson stood up for the fates of disabled state-supported living center residents in his district; abused, pregnant minors seeking safe abortion; and university students wary of guns on college campuses, making the former Austin mayor a true people’s champ.
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