Jim Watson (Illinois)
|Illinois House of Representatives District 100|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Bachelor's||Eastern Illinois University|
|Master's||Eastern Illinois University|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Birthday||July 30, 1965|
|Place of birth||Jerseyville, IL|
Watson earned his MBA from the University of Illinois, and MA & B.A. from Eastern Illinois University.
He is a businessman, has worked as a teacher, and served in the United States Marine Corps.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Watson served on the following committees:
- Veterans' Affairs, Ranking Minority Member
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Watson served on the following committees:
- Access to Federal Funding (Chair)
- Elementary & Secondary Education
- Environment & Energy
- Financial Institutions
- Insurance (Ranking Minority Member)
- Medicaid Reform, Family & Children
- Veterans' Affairs
Watson won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 100. Watson was unopposed in the March 20 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 100, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Jim Watson Incumbent||100%||39,112|
Watson won re-election to the 97th District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on February 2nd. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 97 (2010)|
|Jim Watson (R)||30,398||100.0%|
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 97 (2008)|
|Jim Watson (R)||39,659|
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 97 (2006)|
|Jim Watson (R)||29,718|
Comprehensive donor information for Watson is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Watson raised a total of $1,782,989 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 21, 2013.
|Jim Watson (Illinois)'s Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Illinois House, District 100||$312,594|
|2010||Illinois House, District 97||$408,362|
|2008||Illinois House, District 97||$245,597|
|2006||Illinois House, District 97||$308,198|
|2004||Illinois House, District 97||$253,433|
|2002||Illinois House, District 97||$254,805|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,782,989|
2012Watson won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Watson raised a total of $312,594.
|Illinois House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jim Watson (Illinois)'s campaign in 2012|
|Illinois Education Association||$16,000|
|Bruner, James P.||$10,000|
|Illinois Hospital Association||$6,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$312,594|
|Source:Follow the Money|
In 2010, Watson collected $408,362 in campaign contributions. The largest contributors are listed below:
|Illinois House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jim Watson (Illinois)'s campaign in 2010|
|Bruner, James P||$37,500|
|Illinois Education Association||$35,500|
|Wagner Seed & Supply Co||$16,500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$408,362|
In 2008, Watson collected $245,597 in donations.
Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.
|Illinois Education Association||$15,000|
|Illinois Realtors Association||$6,350|
|Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois||$5,000|
|Illinois Petroleum Marketers Assocaition||$3,250|
Illinois Opportunity Project
The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."
Watson received a score of 50.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of D- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 55th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.
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- Jim Watson official website
- Illinois General Assembly - Representative Jim Watson (R) 97th District
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Associated Press, "Illinois lawmaker Jim Watson resigns from state House," November 21, 2012
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Watson
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate List," accessed December 5, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed May 14, 2014
- Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed January 18, 2013
- Illinois Elections Division, "Illinois Official 2010 General Election Results," November 2, 2010
- Illinois Elections Division, "Illinois House of Representatives official election results for 2008," November 4, 2008
- Illinois Elections Division, "Illinois House of Representatives official election results for 2006," November 4, 2006
- Follow the Money, "Watson, Jim," accessed December 21, 2013
- Follow the money - Illinois House 2010 donors
- Watson Campaign Donors
- Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
- Illinois Opportunity Project, "Legislative Vote Card home page," accessed February 21, 2013
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