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Meet Congressman J. C. Watts

Posted: February 14, 2014 at 8:49 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

In recognition of Black American History Month, the MCGOP is circulating the distinguished profile of well-known and respected Conservative leader, former Congressman and now successful businessman, J.C. Watts.  Please enjoy reading this interesting example of how the American Dream is alive and well for those willing to work hard and play by the rules.    

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J. C. Watts is chairman of the J.C. Watts Companies, a multi-industry holding company headquartered in Washington, DC, with operations in Texas and Oklahoma. Watts has built a diverse business organization that includes Mustang Equipment (John Deere dealerships in Texas) J.C. Watts Holdings, private equity investments, and Watts Partners, a government and public affairs consulting company.  Watts works with clients to implement business development, communications and public affairs strategies. He advises numerous fortune 500 companies and serves on the Board of Directors of Dillard’s Department Stores and CSX Corporation.

Watts was elected to the U.S. Congress from the fourth district of Oklahoma in 1994. In 1998, he was elected by his peers to serve as chairman of the Republican Conference, the fourth-ranking leadership position in the majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives, a position once held by Dick Cheney, Jack Kemp and Gerald Ford. In this capacity, Watts provided daily counsel to the Speaker of the House and participated in bi-weekly meetings with the President of the United States. As a member of Congress representing the fourth district of Oklahoma, J.C. served for eight years on the House Armed Services Committee. He authored legislation to create and then he later served on, the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. He co-authored the American Community Renewal and New Markets Act, which President Clinton signed into law in 2000. He was the author of President Bush’s faith-based initiative, the Community Solutions Act of 2001. He also developed legislation with Congressman John Lewis to establish a Smithsonian museum of African American history.

Watts was born in Eufaula, Oklahoma. He graduated from Eufaula High School in 1976 and attended the University of Oklahoma until his graduation in 1981. Watts earned a B.A. in journalism. While atjc-watts-2 the University of Oklahoma, Watts quarterbacked for the Sooners, leading them to two consecutive Big Eight Championships and Orange Bowl victories. He was voted the Most Valuable Player in the 1980 and 1981 Orange Bowls. From 1981 to 1986, he started for Ottawa and Toronto in the Canadian Football League and was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Grey Cup, the CFL’s Super Bowl his rookie season. After returning to Oklahoma, Watts served as a youth minister at Sunnylane Baptist Church in Del City, Oklahoma from January 1987 until December 1994, when he became associate pastor. In 1990, he was elected to the Oklahoma State Corporation Commission (the state agency that regulates public utilities and the oil and gas industry) and became chairman before running for Congress in 1994.d to the U.S. Congress from the fourth district of Oklahoma in 1994. In 1998, he was elected by his peers to serve as chairman of the Republican Conference, the fourth-ranking leadership position in the majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives, a position once held by Dick Cheney, Jack Kemp and Gerald Ford. In this capacity, Watts provided daily counsel to the Speaker of the House and participated in bi-weekly meetings with the President of the United States. As a member of Congress representing the fourth district of Oklahoma, J.C. served for eight years on the House Armed Services Committee. He authored legislation to create and then he later served on, the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. He co-authored the American Community Renewal and New Markets Act, which President Clinton signed into law in 2000. He was the author of President Bush’s faith-based initiative, the Community Solutions Act of 2001. He also developed legislation with Congressman John Lewis to establish a Smithsonian museum of African American history.

Watts has continued his public service by joining President Bush on his historic trip to Africa in 2003. He co-founded and co-chairs the Coalition on AIDS Relief in Africa. He serves on the board of the Boys Scouts of America. He also created the J.C. and Frankie Watts Foundation to focus on urban renewal and other charitable initiatives.