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J.C. Watts Jr.

Former U.S. Representative; Founder and Chairman, J.C. Watts Companies

J.C. Watts Jr. is a former U.S. representative for Oklahoma’s fourth district and founder and chairman of J.C. Watts Companies. A college football star-turned politician, Watts served in Congress from 1994 to 2003. During that time, he was appointed to the House Armed Services Committee and authored legislation to create, and then serve on, the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. He also developed legislation with Congressman John Lewis to establish the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

As founder and chairman of J.C. Watts Companies, Watts built a diverse business organization that includes Mustang Equipment, J.C. Watts Holdings, and Watts Partners, a government and public affairs consulting company. Watts serves on the board of directors of Dillard’s department stores and as chairman of The Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections. He previously served as president and CEO of Feed the Children—a global hunger relief organization headquartered in Oklahoma. Watts is the author of “Dig Deep: 7 Truths to Finding the Strength Within” and is widely quoted in major newspapers both in the United States and abroad.