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Michael Watson (Mississippi)

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Michael D. Watson Jr.
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Mississippi State Senate, District 51
In office
2008 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 7
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 6, 2007
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Date of birthDecember 22, 1977
Place of birthPasagula, Mississippi
ReligionAssembly of God Faith
Office website
Michael D. Watson Jr. (b. December 22, 1977) is a Republican member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 51. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.


Watson attended the University of Mississippi. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.

Committee assignments


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

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Constitution, Chair
Drug Policy, Vice Chair
Compilation, Revision and Publication
Investigate State Offices
Judiciary, Division B
Ports and Marine Resources
Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Watson served on these committees:



Elections for the office of Mississippi State Senate will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on August 4, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 27, 2015.[1]


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011

Watson won re-election to the Mississippi Senate District 51. He ran unopposed in the primary on August 2 and in the general election on November 8, 2011.[2]


See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Watson ran for District 51 of the Mississippi State Senate, beating Ray Vecchio.[3]

Watson raised $122,476 for his campaign.[4]

Mississippi Senate, District 51
Candidates Votes Percent
Michael Watson (R) 10,305 74.7%
Ray Vecchio (D) 3,490 25.3%

Campaign donors


In 2011, Watson received $110,357 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Watson (Mississippi)'s campaign in 2011
Dantzler Iii, Alfred$5,000
Speights, Ed$5,000
Mallette, Glynn$3,000
Northrop Grumman$2,000
Edmiston, Dr Burt$2,000
Total Raised in 2011 $110,357
Total Votes received in 2011 13,185
Cost of each vote received $8.37


In 2009, Watson collected $45,905 in donations.[6]

His four largest contributors in 2009 were:

Donor Amount
Alfred Dantzler III $5,000
Bayer Corp. $1,500
Tower Loan $1,500
Chevron Corp. $1,500


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Mississippi

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

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[8]

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Mississippi State Senate District 51
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