FOX 7 Discussion: State Sen. Kirk Watson resigns

Central Texas Democrats are losing a longtime state senator.

Kirk Watson (D-Austin) has announced he will be leaving his post as state senator of District 14 to be the founding dean of the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston.

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He will retire from office at the end of April.

Travis County GOP chairman Matt Mackowiak and Glenn Smith from Progress Texas join Rebecca Thomas to discuss Watson's resignation and what effect it will have.