Lee Leffingwell Austin was born on October 13, 1939 in Austin Texas. He was raised in a neighborhood called Bouldin, which is located in the southern area of Austin Texas. His father worked as a firefighter and later on as a Deputy Sheriff for Travis County. Lee attended public schools in Austin, and later on ended up graduating from the University of Texas with a Degree in mechanical engineering. After he was done with college, lee decided to become and officer and a pilot for the United States Navy, and he ended up serving in the Vietnam War. Once he left active duty he served as the Navy reserves and then finally retired from his military career. Lee later on was hired by Delta Air lines where worked as a pilot for more than 31 years, he culminated his career as an international B-767 and MD-11 Captain.
Subsequently Lee retired from Delta Air Lines. He had decided to become a volunteer at Austin to work on environmental issues, and in 1999 he was appointed to the Environmental Board by the city council of Austin, to eventually be promoted to chairman by his fellow colleagues. Lee later ran for place 1 in Austin city council and won in 2005, suffering through the unexpected death of his wife just two weeks before Election Day. Lee was married to his now deceased wife, Julie Byers, she was a registered nurse at a hospital in Austin, Lee and Julie are the parents of three, and also the grandparents of six. He was later re-elected as the city mayor in 2012. He was running on issues such as increasing the public transparency, investing in the infrastructure of transportation, and supporting more small businesses, although Lee has always had a more particular interest for the environmental issues such as water conservation, banning plastic bags from grocery stores, and supporting Austin’s environmental symbol Barton Springs.
Lee’s major obsession / passion is being involved in taking care of the environment. On the re-election of November 4 during his kickoff speech at his childhood school, Becker Elementary, lee said that he wanted to continue his emphasis on renewable energy by beginning a group dialogue that involves the entire community to think and come up with solutions on how to make Austin coal-free. Lee said that the global market for energy is changing, and that we must change with it. He has said that the price for wind energy is now competitive with fossil fuels and that that is very critical for the first steps of going green. Lee wants to make Austin a coal free city, but he wants to do this while also maintaining the rates for electricity competitive and low for everyone.
Transportation is also one of the issues that Lee is heavily involved in, he is an executive committee member of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), and this group was originally founded back in 2007 to examine a proposed urban rail plan, but Lee came in and revived this group and is getting to work on creating a more concrete regional...