Michael Watson (Virginia)

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Michael Watson
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Virginia House of Delegates District 93
Former Member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
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Michael B. Watson is a former Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 93 from 2012 to 2014.

Watson was defeated in his 2013 re-election bid. His seat was filled by Democrat T. Monty Mason.


Watson earned his O.D.U. from New River Community College. He worked as the president of Control Automation Technologies Corp and president of Watson Industries.

Committee assignments


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



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Watson ran for re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 93. Watson ran unopposed in the June 11 Republican Primary. He was defeated by T. Monty Mason (D) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[1]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 93 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngT. Monty Mason 52.1% 12,132
     Republican Michael Watson Incumbent 47.6% 11,094
     Other Write-in 0.3% 77
Total Votes 23,303

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

Incumbent Watson, who chose to make a bid for his second term, won less than 52 percent of the vote in his first election in a district that President Barack Obama (D) carried with 57 percent of the vote in 2012 and Governor Bob McDonnell (R) won with 55 percent of the vote in 2009. T. Monty Mason, his Democratic challenger, is a first-time candidate and a director at Visa who earned the support of Democracy for America. Some observers considered this race one of the most competitive in the state going into the fall of 2013. Both candidates had television advertisements running by late September.[2][3][4][5][6]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Watson won election to District 93 of the Virginia House of Delegates. He was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated incumbent Robin Abbott (D) in the November 8 general election.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Virginia House of Delegates, District 93 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Watson 51.8% 8,188
     Democratic Robin Abbott Incumbent 48.2% 7,615
Total Votes 15,803

Campaign donors


In 2011, Watson received $550,049 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Michael Watson (Virginia)'s campaign in 2011
Virginia Republican Party$371,396
Opportunity Virginia PAC$10,147
Majority Leader PAC$10,000
Watson, Michael B$7,900
Dominion Leadership Trust$7,829
Total Raised in 2011 $550,049
Total Votes received in 2011 8,188
Cost of each vote received $67.18



In 2013, Watson’s endorsements included the following:[8]

  • Virginia Association of Realtors
  • Virginia Farm Bureau
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of Virginia


Michael Watson discussing budget amendment on House floor

Watson and his wife, Amy, have three children.

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Preceded by
Robin Abbott
Virginia House of Delegates District 93
Succeeded by
T. Monty Mason (D)