Percy Watson

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Percy Watson
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Mississippi House of Representatives, District 103
Incumbent
In office
1980 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 34
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1979
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Iowa
J.D.University of Iowa School of Law
Personal
BirthdayJune 5, 1951
Place of birthHattiesburg, Mississippi
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Percy W. Watson (b. June 5, 1951) is a Democratic member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 103. He was first elected to the chamber in 1979.

Biography

Watson earned his B.A. from the University of Iowa and J.D. from the University of Iowa School of Law. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.[1]

Committee assignments

2012-2013

During the 2012-2013 legislative session, Watson served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Appropriations
Judiciary A
Judiciary En Banc
Public Health and Human Services
Public Utilities

2010-2011

During the 2010-2011 legislative session, Watson served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2010
Ways and Means, Chair
Compilation, Revision and Publication
Congressional Redistricting
Ethics
Judiciary A
Judiciary En Banc
Legislative Budget
Legislative Reapportionment
Management
Public Health and Human Services
Select Committee on Poverty
State Library

Issues

Race for Speaker

Following House Speaker William McCoy's (D) decision not to run for re-election in 2011, lawmakers poised to run for his powerful legislative position. According to reports, Watson was considered a possible candidate for the speakership. Another was Jeffrey Smith (R), who narrowly lost the 2008 speaker election by a single vote. Lawmakers elected Philip Gunn (R) at the start of the 2012 session.[2][3]

Elections

2011

See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Watson won re-election to District 103 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the August 2 primary and was unchallenged in the November 8 general election.[4]

2007

See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Watson was re-elected in District 103, running unopposed in the general election.[5]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 103 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Percy Watson (D) 4,316 100.00%

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Watson received $120,129 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Percy Watson's campaign in 2011
Mississippi Coalition For Progress$4,000
Health Management Associates Of Mississippi$3,000
Hood Jr, Warren$2,500
T L Wallace Construction$2,080
Ims Engineers$2,000
Total Raised in 2011 $120,129
Total Votes received in 2011 6,218
Cost of each vote received $19.32

2007

In 2007, Watson collected $100,735 in donations.[7]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc $2,500
Electric Power Associates of Mississippi $2,250
Tronox Inc. $2,000
Harrahs $2,000
US Smokeless Tobacco $2,000

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2014

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[8]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[9]

Personal

Watson has been a member of the Alaska Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Judicature Association, Hattiesburg Chamber of Commerce, Iowa Bar Association, Jesse Brown Lodge, Mississippi Bar Association, Mississippi Legal Services, Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, NAACP, National Bar Association, and Phi Beta Kappa.[1]

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Mississippi House of Representatives District 103
1980–present
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