Rewards of Public Service

Rewards of Public Service

JC Watts

2.22.2007

JC Watts

After leading the University of Oklahoma Sooners to two consecutive Big Eight Championships and Orange Bowl victories going on to play professional football in the Canadian football league, J.C. Watts became the first African-American to be elected to a statewide office. He was later elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served four terms. During his tenure, he delivered the 1996 keynote speech to the Republican National Convention, delivered the Republican response to the 1997 State of the Union, and served as Chairman of the House Republican Conference, the fourth highest position of leadership in the House. He currently serves as chairman of the J.C. Watts Companies, a consulting firm. Locally, he is a member of the Dillard’s Inc. Board of Directors.

In a public address hosted by the Clinton School, former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts discusses the rewards of public service and the state of politics and government today. Congressman Watts also discusses the healthcare system, Social Security, taxes and the role of religion in government.