State Senator Ken Paxton, a practicing attorney from McKinney, was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2012 after serving five terms in the Texas House of Representatives. His Senate district includes the majority of Collin County and a part of Dallas County, including the cities of Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Plano and Richardson, and portion of the city of Dallas.
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. Senator Paxton has not only opposed state spending increases by voting against the state budget and the franchise tax, but has authored and pressed for legislation to repeal the franchise tax and systematically limit state spending increases.
Ken Paxton was born December 23, 1962, on Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota where his father was stationed while serving as a U.S. Air Force officer. 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 where he specializes in estate planning, probate, real estate and general business matters. Additionally, he owns and operates a title company in McKinney.
Ken Paxton currently serves on the Board of Centennial Medical Center in Frisco and the Prestonwood Pregnancy and Family Care Center in Dallas. Ken also serves on the Advisory Board of the Lifesavers Foundation in Richardson.
Ken lives in McKinney with his wife, Angela, a guidance counselor at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco. They have 4 children, 2 in college at Baylor and 2 in high school.