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Jim Watson (Illinois)

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Jim Watson
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Illinois House of Representatives District 100
Former member
In office
2001-2012
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sEastern Illinois University
Master'sEastern Illinois University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Personal
BirthdayJuly 30, 1965
Place of birthJerseyville, IL
ProfessionBusinessman
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Jim Watson (b. July 30, 1965) is a former Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 97 from 2001 to 2012. He announced his resignation from the House in November of 2012 so that he could join the Illinois Petroleum Council as the executive director. His last day as a member of the House is December 3, 2012.[1]

Watson earned his M.B.A. 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.[2]


Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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


Elections

2012

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[3][4][5]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 100, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Watson Incumbent 100% 39,112
Total Votes 39,112


2010

See also:Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

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.[6]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 97 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Watson (R) 30,398 100.0%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Jim Watson won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 97. He ran unopposed receiving 39,659 votes.[7]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 97 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Watson (R) 39,659

2006

On November 7, 2006, Republican Jim Watson won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 97. He ran unopposed receiving 29,718 votes.[8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 97 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Watson (R) 29,718

Campaign donors

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.[9]

Jim Watson (Illinois)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois House, District 100 Won $312,594
2010 Illinois House, District 97 Won $408,362
2008 Illinois House, District 97 Won $245,597
2006 Illinois House, District 97 Won $308,198
2004 Illinois House, District 97 Won $253,433
2002 Illinois House, District 97 Won $254,805
Grand Total Raised $1,782,989

2012

Watson 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
Ameren$10,049
Wagner, Doug$10,000
Bruner, James P.$10,000
Illinois Hospital Association$6,000
Total Raised in 2012$312,594
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Watson collected $408,362 in campaign contributions. The largest contributors are listed below:[10]

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, Doug$18,225
Wagner Seed & Supply Co$16,500
Ameren Illinois$9,000
Total Raised in 2010 $408,362

2008

In 2008, Watson collected $245,597 in donations.[11]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Illinois Education Association $15,000
Illinois Realtors Association $6,350
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $5,000
James Bruner $3,290
Illinois Petroleum Marketers Assocaition $3,250

Scorecards

Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

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."[12][13]

2012

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.[13]

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Illinois House of Representatives District 97
2001–2012
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