Lee Leffingwell's file:

Democrat from Texas

Lee Leffingwell, initially elected mayor in 2009, is a former Austin City Council member and retired airline pilot. Leffingwell, a past chair of the city's Environmental Board, grew up in Austin's Bouldin neighborhood, according to the biography posted on the city's web site.

Recent statements involving Lee Leffingwell

Austin is "a city that has basically doubled in size every 25 years or so since it was founded."

Says nearly 1 million people are "coming to town" in the next 20 years.

Says 90 percent of Americans and 74 percent of National Rifle Association members support background checks of gun purchasers.

Says Austin trains are "full" at rush hour and "packed" for special events.

Says Austin’s treated wastewater, put into the Colorado River, is of higher quality than water the city takes from the lake for public use.

Recent stories featuring Lee Leffingwell

Austin population has doubled every 25 years or so since founding:

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell is correct that Austin's population has doubled every 25 years or so since its founding.

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Mayor warns of 1 million people “coming to town”:

Lee Leffingwell said 1 million additional people are "coming to town." We took that to mean Austin.

Leffingwell says NRA members support background checks of all gun purchasers:

Austin’s hizzoner gets the polls right on Americans, including NRA members, widely supporting background checks before all gun purchases.

Austin mayor's watery claim:

Lee Leffingwell’s claim about water quality proved iffy.


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