The Republican Women of Winston County will host their monthly meeting March 20 at 6 P.M. at Lake Tiak O’Khata.
The featured guest will be Senator Michael David Watson, Jr. . Watson was born on December 22, 1977 in Pascagoula. He grew up as the son of a shipyard worker and bank teller. His father later entered the ministry and still serves as a pastor. He graduated from Pascagoula High School and went on to earn a BBA and a JD (law degree) from the University of Mississippi. While at Ole Miss, Michael served as a youth minister on the weekends at Hight Assembly of God in Noxapater, his mother’s hometown.
During the summer of 1999, he served as an intern for then U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Trent Lott. That experience strengthened his desire to one day serve the people of Mississippi as an elected official and was elected to the Mississippi State Senate in 2007. Senator Watson got right to work as he drafted and helped guide SB 2988 into law during his freshman year in the legislature. This was Mississippi’s first law dealing with the growing illegal immigration issue. The law not only dealt with illegal immigrants, but also the businesses who were hiring illegal immigrants to take advantage of lower wages. In addition to starting the conversation about parental choice in education, some of Senator Watson’s other legislative accomplishments include the passage of SB 2389 allowing for alternate-track high school diplomas, and the passage of SB 2615, The Fetal Protection Act. This was a bill Senator Watson drafted, and helped get passed into law, which strengthens the penalties for those injuring an unborn child.
Outside of the legislature, Senator Watson returned to the legal field and opened Watson Legal, PLLC. Senator Watson is a member of the Pascagoula Rotary Club, the NRA, American Council of Young Political Leaders, the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Mississippi Bar, the American Bar, the Ole Miss Alumni Association and the Ole Miss Hall of Fame. He also works hard to support the local affiliates of the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.
Michael is married to Lauren and they have two daughters, Gracie Pierce and Annie.