About Ken Paxton

About Ken

The son of an Air Force veteran, Republican Texas State Senator Ken Paxton has consistently been recognized as a conservative, stalwart Texas leader with a deep passion and respect for our U.S. Constitution. He is known for his principled and uncompromising devotion to conservative principles – a man who has demonstrated enormous political courage throughout his service to Texas.


On August 1, 2013, Senator Paxton announced his candidacy for Attorney General stating, “Washington has a bull’s-eye on Texas, and we need bold leadership to hold the line against our out-of-control federal government as it continually encroaches on our rights and liberties. I have a loud and clear message for Barack Obama: Mr. President, Texans will govern Texas!”

Service to Texans

Ken Paxton was first elected in 2002 as a State Representative in House District 70, and served in the Texas House of Representatives for 10 years prior to being elected to represent Texas Senate District 8 in 2012. Underscoring the strong support he enjoys in his district, Paxton ran unopposed for the Republican nomination for State Senate. His district includes the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County.

Prepared to Serve

Ken Paxton was born December 23, 1962, on Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota where his father was stationed. Ken graduated from Baylor University, where he served as Student Body President, earning a B.A. in Psychology in 1985 and an M.B.A. in 1986. After business school, Sen. Paxton accepted a position with Arthur Andersen as a management consultant.

He earned his J.D. degree from the University Of Virginia School Of Law in 1991. After law school, Sen. Paxton joined the firm of Strasburger & Price, L.L.P, before joining J.C. Penney Company, Inc., as their in-house counsel. He is currently a named partner in the law firm of Pittenger, Paxton, Nuspl, & Crumley.


Family and Community

Ken Paxton currently serves on the Board of Centennial Medical Center in Frisco and Prestonwood Pregnancy and Family Care Center in Dallas. Ken also serves on the Advisory Board of the Lifesavers Foundation.

Ken lives in McKinney with his wife, Angela, a guidance counselor at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco. The Paxtons have four children; Tucker (20), Abby (18), Madison (16), and Katie (14). The Paxtons attend Prestonwood Church in Plano.

Now that you know more about Ken Paxton,
learn why he’s running for Attorney General.

Why I’m running