Eric Watson

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Eric Watson
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Tennessee House of Representatives District 22
Former member
In office
2006-2014
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sAndersonville Seminary
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 14, 1973
ProfessionCaptain Deputy Sheriff
ReligionBaptist
CandidateVerification
Eric Watson (b. September 14, 1973) is a former Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives, representing District 22. He was first elected to the chamber during a special election in January 2006. He was replaced by Dan Howell.[1]

On October 5, 2013, Watson announced his intention to run for Bradley County Sheriff in the next election and that he would not run for re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2014.[2] He resigned his seat in mid-2014, after being elected as the Bradley County Sheriff.[3]

Biography

Watson is a graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy. He received his bachelor's degree in Christian Education from Andersonville Seminary. Watson's professional experience includes working in law enforcement positions including detective, officer, captain and deputy sheriff.[4]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Tennessee Committee Assignments, 2013
Calendar and Rules
Criminal Justice, Chair
State Government

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Watson served on these committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2012

Watson won re-election in the 2012 election for Tennessee House of Representatives, District 22. Watson defeated David L. Kimbro in the August 2 primary election and defeated Jonathan Gladden (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 22, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEric Watson Incumbent 77.8% 17,290
     Democratic Jonathan Gladden 22.2% 4,944
Total Votes 22,234

2010

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2010

Watson was re-elected to the 22nd District seat in 2010. He faced no opposition in the general election on November 2, 2010. Watson was unopposed in the August 5 primary.[7][8]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 22 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Eric Watson (R) 11,714

2008

See also: Tennessee House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Watson won re-election to the 22nd District Seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives.[9]

Watson raised $36,326 for his campaign.[10]

Tennessee House of Representatives, District 22 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Eric Watson (R) 18,538

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Watson is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Watson raised a total of $335,093 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 28, 2013.[11]

Eric Watson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Tennessee State House, District 22 Won $150,193
2010 Tennessee State House, District 22 Won $53,543
2008 Tennessee State House, District 22 Won $36,326
2006 Tennessee State House, District 22 Won $95,031
Grand Total Raised $335,093

2012

Watson won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Watson raised a total of $150,193.
Tennessee House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Eric Watson's campaign in 2012
Federal Express$19,200
Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association$8,000
National Healthcare Corp$3,250
Tennessee Medical Association$3,000
Tennessee State Lodge Fraternal Order Of Police$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$150,193
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Watson won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Watson raised a total of $53,543.

2008

Watson won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Watson raised a total of $36,326.

2006

Watson won re-election to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Watson raised a total of $95,031.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the 108th Tennessee General Assembly, first year, was in session from January 8 to April 19. In 2014, the 108th Tennessee General Assembly, second year, was in session from January 14 to April 18.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes relating to conservation and environmental issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on animal protection bills.

2011-2012

In 2011, the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, first year, was in session from January 11 to May 21. In 2012, the 107th Tennessee General Assembly, second year, was in session from January 10 through May 1.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on Pro-life legislation.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes relating to conservation and environmental issues.

Personal

Watson is married.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Tennessee House of Representatives District 22
2006–2014
Succeeded by
Dan Howell (R)