J. C. Watts

J. C. Watts REPRepublican

American politician

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J. C. WattsREPRepublican American politician
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Julius Caesar Watts Jr. (born November 18, 1957) is an American politician, clergyman, and athlete. Watts was a college football quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners and later played professionally in the Canadian Football League. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003 as a Republican, representing Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District. Watts was born and raised in Eufaula, Oklahoma, in a rural impoverished neighborhood. After being one of the first children to attend an integrated elementary school, he became a high school quarterback and gained a football scholarship to the University of Oklahoma. He graduated from college in 1981 with a degree in journalism and became a football player in the Canadian Football League until his retirement in 1986. Watts became a Baptist minister and was elected in 1990 to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as the first African-American in Oklahoma to win statewide office. He successfully ran for Congress in 1994 and was re-elected to three additional terms with increasing vote margins. Watts delivered the Republican response to Bill Clinton's 1997 State of the Union address and was elected Chair of the House Republican Conference in 1998.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
Eufaula High School
1976
University of Oklahoma
Bachelor of Arts
1981
Past Positions1 - 6 of 6
Representative
United States House of Representatives
1994 - 2002
Oklahoma Corporation Commission
1991-1995, Chair
1992 - 1994
Board of Directors
Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System
Experience
National Drinking Water Advisory Council
President
Watts Energy Corporation
Youth Minister
Sunnylane Southern Baptist Church
Other Experience1 - 4 of 4
Experience
Oklahoma March of Dimes
Experience
Oklahoma Special Olympics
Experience
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Chair
House Republican Conference