Laura Morrison proudly served as a member of the Austin City Council from 2008 through 2014, introducing more than 400 measures during her two terms. She identified resources for low-income housing, increased tax exemptions for seniors and the disabled, promoted local businesses in city contracts, and was a fierce champion for the environment, neighborhood stability, and social services.
Laura has always stood with everyday Austinites, not the real estate industry or other special interests. She has always worked toward community-based solutions, not policies forced on residents from the top down. She has always fought for transparency and collaboration in government, and against secrecy and backroom deals.
Laura developed a reputation for her collaborative approach to policymaking, doing “deep dives” into weighty financial documents, and creating more transparency at City Hall.
Prior to entering public service, Laura spent 10 years as an engineer and program manager for a global aerospace company. She supervised a team of other engineers, managed a multimillion-dollar budget, worked in export compliance, and served as a key witness in international litigation. She was later elected president of the Austin Neighborhoods Council (ANC) and helped double its size to 80 neighborhood associations across the city.
Laura has a master’s degree in mathematics and holds a graduate certificate in public health, community preparedness, and disaster response. Her husband, Phil, is a professor of physics at the University of Texas at Austin. They have two sons and two daughters-in-law, and their family has recently expanded to include three delightful granddaughters: Eddy (8), Cali (5), and Ada (two months).
Laura loves tap dancing with friends and swims regularly at Barton Springs.