Eric Kirkland (CPT-TX-Senate)
Eric Lawrence Kirkland
Eric Kirkland, Constitution Party, Senatorial Candidate Texas
Biography of Eric Kirkland from LOC Election 2002 Web Archive Collection
Eric Lawrence Kirkland was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado on February 24, 1970 to David and Jean Kirkland. He certainly wasn’t born a Texan but he toddled here as fast as he could with Mom, Dad and his brother Matt.
The Kirkland family made a short stop in Hamilton County before landing in Austin. The son of a firefighter and a school teacher the Kirkland boys grew up in and around Austin. Their real boyhood home was in the Shenandoah subdivision near 183 and 620 in Williamson County.
1985 culminated with the fulfillment of the lifelong dream of building a home of their own on a farm away from the city. That’s when the Kirkland family packed up, after about a decade spent on White Post Road, and moved to the quiet German farming community of Walburg, located at the crossroads of 972 and 1105, in north central Williamson County.
In 1988, Eric earned the record as the youngest-ever elected Precinct Chairman in this heavily senior populated community. He was elected twice as Walburg Precinct Chairman and served on the Williamson County Democratic Party Executive Committee between 1988 and 1994 and was the 1994 Democratic Nominee for Williamson County Clerk.
Additionally, he served on the Texas Reform Party State Executive Committee from 1998-1999.
Eric graduated from Georgetown High School with the class of ’89 and was well on his way to Navy Boot Camp before graduation weekend was over. After completing Boot Camp in Orlando, Florida, Kirkland volunteered for submarine duty while stationed at the Meridian Naval Air Station in Mississippi.
It was in “Rotten” Groton, Connecticut that Eric spent the remainder of his tour of duty in the United States Navy first at the Basic Enlisted Submarine School and then aboard the USS PARGO (SSN-650). Kirkland was awarded numerous ribbons and decorations including the National Defense Medal for having served during the Gulf War.
Following his tour in the Navy, Eric attended Austin Community College and then began a career in business. He has served in the banking sector and in marketing and sales. He is currently working in real estate investments.
The day after his 26th birthday Eric, against the advice of co-workers, went on a blind date where he met Deborah Lynn Miller of Crowley, Texas. Deborah, finally, agreed to let Eric marry her on October 6, 1996. They are residents of Grand Prairie and attend services at Faith Lutheran Church among family and friends.
Eric’s family has deep roots in Texas emanating from both Hamilton and Washington County and spreading throughout Texas from Amarillo and Big Spring to Uvalde, Houston and Plano.