Julius Caesar "J. C." Watts, Jr. (born November 18, 1957) is an American politician from Oklahoma who was a college football quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners and later played professionally in the Canadian Football League....

Watts was born and raised in Eufaula, Oklahoma, in a rural impoverished neighborhood. After being one of the first children to attend an...

Watts became a Baptist minister and was elected in 1990 to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as the first African-American in Oklahoma to win...

Watts was born in Eufaula in McIntosh County, Oklahoma His father was a...

While in high school, Watts fathered a daughter with a white female, causing a scandal. Their families decided against an interracial marriage because of contemporary...

He graduated from high school in 1976 and attended the University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship. In 1977, Watts married...

Watts began his college football career as the second-string quarterback and left college twice, but his father convinced him to return, and...

Watts returned to Oklahoma and became a youth minister in Del City and was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1993. Watts opened a highway construction company and later cited...

Watts ran for Congress in 1994 to succeed Dave McCurdy, who had announced his retirement from the House of Representatives to run for the Senate. He positioned himself as a conservative, favoring the death...

As Congressman, Watts was assigned to the Armed Services Committee and the Financial Services Committee. Watts emphasized moral absolutes and was considered in line with Republican Speaker Newt...

Watts' 1996 reelection campaign featured state representative Ed Crocker as the Democratic candidate Crocker questioned Watts' business...

Following the election, Watts switched from the Financial Services Committee to the House Transportation Committee. He was...

In his 1998 reelection campaign against Democrat Bruce Ober, Watts faced accusations about debts, unpaid taxes and over actions in a federal bribery investigation in 1991, where he arranged to...

In Congress, Watts had established himself as a "devoted conservative." He had a lifetime 94 percent rating from the American...

In his leadership position, Watts opposed government regulations and President Clinton's attempt to restore the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco products. He voted to impeach Bill...

To keep a majority of House seats in the 2000 election, Watts advised Republicans to moderate their language and criticized the party for creating the perception it favored a view of "family values that excluded single mothers."...

After George W. Bush took office as president, Watts co-sponsored a bill to create tax incentives for charitable donations and allow religious charities to receive federal...

In 2002, Watts stated he would not seek reelection, citing a desire to spend more time with his family, but stated the decision was difficult...

After he left Congress, Watts was appointed by President Bush to be a member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy for a term expiring December 30, 2003. Watts founded a lobbying and consulting...

Watts supported the Iraq War in 2003, stating: "America did not become the leader of the free world by looking the other way to heinous atrocities and unspeakable evils." He was later hired...

In 2008, Watts announced he was developing a cable news network with the help of Comcast, focusing on an African-American audience, and that he considered voting for Barack Obama, criticizing the...

Watts considered running to succeed Brad Henry as Governor of Oklahoma in the 2010 gubernatorial election, but declined in May 2009, citing his business...


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