John Watkins

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John Watkins
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Virginia Senate District 10
Incumbent
In office
1998 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2016
Years in position 16
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$18,000/year
Per diem$180/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1997
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Personal
Birthday03/01/1947
Place of birthPetersburg, VA
ProfessionManager
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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John C. Watkins (b. March 1, 1947) is a Republican member of the Virginia State Senate, representing District 10. He was first elected to the chamber in 1997.

Biography

Watkins attended and received a B.S. in Horticulture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Watkins served in the military from 1970 to 1971 and in the House of Delegates from 1982-98. Watkins has worked as a manager for Watkins Land, LLC.

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Watkins served on the following committees:

Virginia Committee Assignments, 2014
Commerce and Labor, Chair
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Finance
Transportation
Senate Rules

2012-2013

In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Watkins served on the following committees:

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Watkins served on the following committees:

Elections

2011

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Watkins won re-election to District 10 of the Virginia State Senate. He was unchallenged in the August 23 primary and ran unopposed in the November 8 general election.[1]

Virginia State Senate, District 10 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Watkins Incumbent 56.6% 18,496
     Democratic David Bernard 43.4% 14,189
Total Votes 32,685

2007

See also: Virginia State Senate elections, 2007

On Nov. 6, 2007, Watkins won re-election to the 10th District Seat in the Virginia State Senate.[2]

Watkins raised $243,007 for his campaign.[3]

Virginia State Senate, District 10 (2007)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Watkins (R) 33,801 96.87%
Write-in 1,091 3.12%

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Watkins received $316,210 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[4]

Virginia State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Watkins's campaign in 2011
Dominion$24,000
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association$15,990
Virginia Association Of Realtors$13,690
American Electric Power$10,000
Virginia Senate Republican Caucas$9,140
Total Raised in 2011 $316,210
Total Votes received in 2011 18,496
Cost of each vote received $17.1

2007

Listed below are Watkins' top five campaign contributors in the 2007 election:

Contributor 2007 total
Dominion (Energy & Natural Resources) $11,500
Republican Main Street Partnership $5,000
Verizon $4,750
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association $4,500
Virginia Bankers Association $4,000

Scorecards

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2014-2015

In 2014, the Virginia General Assembly was in session from January 8 through March 10. In 2015, the Virginia General Assembly will be in session from January 14 to February 28, 2015.

  • Legislators are scored based on their support of pro-business issues during the 2014 legislative session.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on business and quality of life issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that VMA introduced or was part of an coalition that introduced it.

2012-2013

In 2012, the Virginia General Assembly was in regular session from January 11 to March 10. In 2013, the Virginia General Assembly was in session from January 9 to February 25.

  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on Reproductive Health and Rights.
  • Legislators are scored based on important legislation affecting business and industry.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on the issue of equality.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record on the issues of the principles of life, marriage, parental authority, constitutional government and religious liberty.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental and conservation issues.
  • Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation: 2013 Legislative Scorecard

Personal

Watkins was born in Petersburg, Virginia on March 1, 1947.

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Preceded by
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Virginia Senate District 10
1998-present
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