Watts endorsed Paul in his presidential bid. Senator , and and focused on and the necessity of and , as well as a reduction in the as beneficial for urban blacks. Born in , Watts attended the public schools. Instead of joining the Congressional Black Caucus obviously primarily Democratic in nature , he was chosen chair of the House Republican Conference 1998. Watts hosted former , U.
He was the only African-American Republican in the House and was chosen to deliver the Republican reply to President 's in February 1997, the youngest congressman and first African-American to do so. Do you know something we don't? He was re-elected with 62 percent of the vote. Representative and physician Ron Paul of Texas. Our campaign has a great vision for Senate District 39 and we would be honored to see that vision come to fruition as your next State Senator. Most common tags: , ,. Watts later stated he had first considered changing parties when he covered the of.
Crane worked on the professional staff of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Additionally, he provides free eye surgery to children from around the world through his participation in the Children of the Americas Program. His mother was a homemaker. With Oklahoma party loyalty tending to split along racial lines, officials in the state Republican Party eagerly embraced Watts. Watts is a rare breed, a black Republican, the first elected from a southern state in over 120 years.
Send donations or submit quotations to: On The Issues 1770 Massachusetts Ave. Watts argued he had been exonerated from any criminal conduct and that his financial problems were a result of losses for Oklahoma oil and gas businesses during the 1980s. The latter panel was crucial to the oversight of the three military installations in his district. Watts founded a lobbying and consulting firm, J. Archived from on October 14, 2015. He voted to impeach Bill Clinton, was appointed by Speaker to lead a group of House Republicans to investigate cybersecurity issues, and became a member of a presidential exploratory committee for.
Yet he still manages to address issues that are not typically Republican. Watts was one of ten congressional leaders taken to an undisclosed location following the. On November 15, the organization and Watts announced that he was no longer serving in those roles. Watts had considered trying to replace Armey, but decided against a bid when it became clear Rep. Paul and his family live in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where Rand owned his own ophthalmology practice and performed eye surgery for 18 years. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003 as a Republican, representing Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District. In his response, Watts focused on providing a positive vision of the Republican Party and advocated deficit and tax reduction and faith-based values.
These successes are based on experience and expertise in legislative and public policy strategy development and implementation, strategic messaging, coalition building, legislative drafting and Congressional and Agency hearing preparation and execution. Watts' family was affiliated with the and his father and uncle Wade Watts were active in the party, but it did not help Watts when he ran for public office and he changed his party affiliation in 1989, months before his first statewide race. He graduated from college in 1981 with a degree in journalism and became a football player in the until his retirement in 1986. Watts emphasized moral absolutes and was considered in line with Republican Speaker 's agenda, the , and at the time was the only African-American who did not join the. Career information Career history As player 1981—1986 1986 Honors Most Valuable Player 1981 Julius Caesar Watts Jr.
These remarks were viewed as critical of activist and , and demanded a public apology. Watts was a for the and later played professionally in the. The couple raised five children: LaKesha, Jerrell, Jennifer, Julia, and Trey. Crocker questioned Watts' business dealings because of tax issues for a real estate company of which Watts was the principal owner, and whether he was paying child support for one of his daughters born out of wedlock. Wilson Company, 1999 : 591. He formed a consulting business and currently serves as a nationally recognized political analyst.
Watts also secured the endorsement of the House Republican leadership. Paul has been considered a supporter of the Tea Party movement, and a vocal critic of the Federal Reserve System. There are other things I want to do and can do. When Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas announced his retirement in 2002, Watts considered running to replace him and he quietly solicited the aid of congressional allies; however, DeLay nailed down enough votes to secure the position before Watts made an open bid for Majority Leader. Watts had star power when he took the oath of office as a Member of the first Republican majority in 40 years. Watts Companies, a consultant in business strategies, and is active on several corporate boards.