Austin is a born and bred Texan and was raised in Lubbock, Texas. His family has lived and worked in West Texas for several generations. After graduating from Lubbock High School, Austin attended Texas Tech University and majored in political science. During his undergrad years, Austin was honored to have the opportunity to have been a member of the legendary Saddle Tramps, keepers of Texas Tech traditions. Austin also worked full-time as a banker for Wells Fargo Bank while attending college. During his senior year at Texas Tech, Austin interned for Congressman Henry Cuellar in Washington D.C. During his time in D.C., Austin was tasked with legislative research, memo preparation, and he served as a liaison to various committees and the United States Senate.
By the time Austin completed his bachelors in political science, Austin was accepted to Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock. However, Austin wanted to ensure he remained focused on service, so he enrolled in the dual degree program to obtain his master's in public administration along with his law degree. While attending law school, Austin served as the executive managing editor for the Journal of Biosecurity, Biosafety and Biodefense Law. Austin also clerked for the De Leon Law Firm of Houston where he worked in commercial litigation, oil, and gas.
In terms of service, Austin was the treasurer for the Tech Law Military Association and alumni relations chair for the Hispanic Law Students Association. Austin also volunteered his time and skills as an ambassador by serving as a member of the Student Recruitment Council at Tech Law. Austin is a trained mediator through the Advance Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic. In 2013, Austin earned a Doctorate of Jurisprudence and a master's of public administration from Texas Tech University, and he also received a Certificate in Biosecurity Law. Austin was recently published in the Journal of Biosecurity, Biosafety and Biodefense Law for his article over emergency response plans during terroristic situations.
Austin likes to keep it simple and believes in the following: