“It is an honor to serve the citizens of the 22nd district in the House of Representatives as their voice in Nashville,” Rep. Watson said. “I work hard to listen and communicate with the citizens in this district and take their views to Capitol Hill and with your help, I pledge to continue this effort in the next General Assembly.
Much has changed since I was elected in 2006: Wacker Chemie Corp. of North America chose our district to build its multi-billion dollar site and Amazon.com built a one million square-foot fulfillment center. Together, these two companies will account for an estimated annual payroll of $30 million. Also, Whirlpool and Olin committed to remain in our district, which will preserve hundreds of more jobs. Volkswagen suppliers are now looking at our district as a place to locate and possibly create hundreds of additional jobs in the future.
Because of these accomplishments through partnerships and cooperation with agencies on many, many levels, the nation has taken notice. Our district was recently ranked third by Forbes magazine for being the best upcoming economic development district in the nation. And statewide, our district ranks first in transportation funding in relation to the Highway 64 extension, Highway 411, Highway 30, Highway 60 and other roads in our community,” Rep. Watson said.
While serving in the House of Representatives, Watson made himself known as proven leader and now serves as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In that position, he guided law suit abuse reform through the legislature. The lawmaker also passed laws preventing criminals from escaping justice through technical loopholes in the law.
In addition, the chairman successfully raised the pay for state police officers and managed the oversight of several state agencies’ budgets while emphasizing Tennessee’s ability to fund priorities while still living within its means.
“In Tennessee, we balance our state budget every year,” Watson said. “This year, we were able to reduce the budget by 2 percent, balance it, and provide tax cuts for all Tennesseans.”
Meigs, Polk, and Bradley counties received increases in state appropriated funds despite budget cuts across the board. In addition, Watson supported legislation protecting family farms from the death tax. In previous years Rep. Watson passed legislation preventing foreign flags from being flown above the U.S. flag. He also sponsored several other bills addressing the growing problem of illegal immigration in Tennessee. For example, it is now against the law to sign state contracts with companies employing illegal immigrants.
“Tennessee should not be a magnet for illegal aliens,” Rep. Watson said. “We must make sure that Tennessee law is constructed in a way to make every effort to discourage illegal immigration.
“Since my election to the House of Representatives, we have taken many steps forward in the 22nd District and I want to continue to serve you and complete the work we have begun together. I will continue to fight against state government mandates on our local governments that raise our property taxes and take away our liberties.”
It is because of Rep. Watson’s achievements that House Republican Caucus Chairperson Debra Maggart said, “We are fortunate to have Rep. Watson serve in the House of Representatives. His conservative leadership and vision for our state is needed now more than ever.”
Watson said, “I am humbled at the support and belief in me and I look forward to continue to work to make our district and southeast Tennessee a better place to live, work, and call home.”