About Ken Paxton

About Ken

In November, 2014 Ken Paxton became the 51st Attorney General of Texas after over a year of campaigning to earn the votes of Texans across the state. The son of an Air Force veteran, General Paxton is consistently recognized as a conservative, stalwart leader with a deep passion and respect for our U.S. Constitution through his previous service in the Texas House and Senate and now as Attorney General. He is known for his principled and uncompromising devotion to America’s founding values.


Service to Texans

Once elected, Ken immediately went to work fulfilling his campaign promises to protect the 10th Amendment, fighting efforts by President Obama and his administration to infringe upon Texas’ state sovereignty. He has been a prominent voice in the defense of religious liberty during multiple attacks by the Obama Administration and also more recently supporting the current Administration’s policies defending religious liberty. A defender of our free enterprise system, General Paxton also continues to fight against overreaching government regulations which harm Texas jobs and economic growth.

First elected in 2002 as a State Representative in House District 70, Mr. Paxton served in the Texas House of Representatives for 10 years prior to being elected to represent Texas Senate District 8 in 2012, where he served until being elected Attorney General. SD 8 includes the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County.

Prepared to Serve

Ken Paxton was born December 23, 1962, in Minot, North Dakota while his father was stationed at Minot Air Force Base. He 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.

In 1991, Ken earned his J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, which was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819. After law school, Senator Paxton joined the firm of Strasburger & Price, L.L.P, and then went on to serve as in-house counsel for J.C. Penney Company, Inc., a Fortune 200 company. After leaving Strasburger he operated his own law firm.



Family and Community

Ken lives in McKinney with his wife, Angela, a guidance counselor at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco. The Paxtons have four children: Tucker, Abby, Mattie, and Katie. Ken and Angela are members of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano.