Eighth Annual Real Estate
Prayer Breakfast 2006

J.C. Watts

J.C. Watts is the chairman of the J.C. Watts Companies. As chairman, J.C. provides strategic focus and program leadership to the firm’s business engagements, alliances and initiatives. He works with clients to implement business development, communications and public affairs strategies. He currently leads a strategic alliance with Fleishman-Hillard, America’s largest public relations firms. He is the chairman of FM Policy Focus, a coalition of leading financial services trade associations. He is working with the Business Roundtable to develop a nationwide effort to increase business opportunities in America’s inner cities and poor rural areas. He serves as a corporate director at Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Clear Channel Communications, Dillard’s, and Terex Corporation. He is a frequent guest on national and international television news shows and radio shows, including a weekly commentary on NPR’s Travis Smiley Show, and has been quoted in numerous newspaper articles, both in the United States and around the world. He also writes a monthly column in the Sporting News. His book is titled, What Color Is A Conservative?

J.C. has continued his public service by leading a United States delegation to Vienna, Austria, at the request of President Bush and Secretary of State Powell, and to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Conference on Racism, Discrimination and Xenophobia. He joined President Bush on his historic trip to Africa, and also co-founded and co-chairs the Coalition for AIDS Relief in Africa and serves on the board of the Corporate Council on Africa. He also serves on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America and the United States Military Academy at West Point, and he is a Distinguished Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He is also the chairman of GOPAC and has created the J.C. Watts Foundation to focus on urban renewal and other charitable initiatives.

J.C. was elected to the United States Congress from the fourth district of Oklahoma in 1994. In 1998, he was elected by his peers to serve as chairman of the Republican Conference, the fourth-ranking leadership position in the majority party in the United States House of Representatives, and a position once held by Dick Cheney, Jack Kemp and Gerald Ford. In this capacity, J.C. provided daily counsel to the Speaker of the House, and participated in bi-weekly meetings with the President of the United States.

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