Ben Watson

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Ben Watson
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Georgia House of Representatives District 166
In office
January 11, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$17,341.68/year
Per diem$173/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Georgia
M.D.Medical College of Georgia
Place of birthTwin City, GA
ProfessionPrimary Care Physician
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Ben Watson is a Republican member of the Georgia House of Representatives, representing District 166. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Watson is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 1 of the Georgia State Senate.


Watson earned his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia. His professional experience includes working as a primary care physician specializing in elderly patients.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Watson served on the following committees:

Georgia Committee Assignments, 2013
Health and Human Services, Vice Chair
Higher Education
Science and Technology


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Watson served on the following committees:



See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Georgia State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014; a runoff election will take place where necessary on July 22, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent B.L. "Ben" Watson was unopposed in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.[1][2]


See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2012

Watson ran in the 2012 election for Georgia House of Representatives District 166. Watson ran unopposed in the Republican primary on July 31, 2012. He was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Georgia House of Representatives, District 166, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBen Watson Incumbent 100% 24,041
Total Votes 24,041


See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2010

Watson defeated Jeremy Scheinbart (D) in the November 2 general election.[5]

Georgia House of Representatives, District 163 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ben Watson (R) 15,449 80.2%
Jeremy Scheinbart (D) 3,818 19.8%

Watson defeated Joe Welch and Gary Wisenbaker in the July 20 primary.[6]

Georgia House of Representatives, District 163 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ben Watson 5,543 64.5%
Joe T. Welch 1,604 18.7%
Gary Wisenbaker 1,452 16.9%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Watson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Watson raised a total of $300,882 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 30, 2013.[7]

Ben Watson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Georgia State House, District 166 Won $91,558
2010 Georgia State House, District 163 Won $209,324
Grand Total Raised $300,882


Watson won re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Watson raised a total of $91,558.
Georgia House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ben Watson's campaign in 2012
Georgia Medical Association$4,000
Mag Mutual Insurance$2,500
Carswell, John$2,000
Georgia Society of Ambulatory Surgical Centers$2,000
13Th Colony Leadership Cmte$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$91,558
Source:Follow the Money


In 2010, a year in which Watson was up for re-election, he collected $209,324 in donations.[8]

His four largest contributors in 2010 were:

Donor Amount
Georgia Medical Association $4,000
Eckburg, Richard $3,000
Lindley Jr, James $2,400
Kornblatt, Brian $2,400


Watson and his wife, Bernice, have three children.


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In 2014, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 13 through March 21.[9]


In 2012, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Delvis Dutton (R)
Georgia House District 166
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Burke Day
Georgia House District 163
Succeeded by
J. Craig Gordon (D)