Friday, May 22, 2015

Representative  Clovis Watson, Jr.

District 20

Capitol Office
1302 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5020

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District Office
Suite 202
2815 Northwest 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32609-2865
Phone: (352) 264-4001

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Legislative Assistant:
Michelle Sherfield

District Secretary:

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Member Information

Leadership Roles

Democratic Whip(2014-2016)

Biographical Information

City of Residence:  Alachua

Occupation:  State Legislator, Retired City Manager

Child(ren):  5 adult sons

Education:   Santa Fe College, Law Enforcement Certification; Santa Fe College, A.S., Criminal Justice Technology; University of Alabama, B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Human Services; Mountain State University, M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Public Administration; Northcentral University, M.B.A.; Harvard University John F. Kennedy Graduate School of Government Executive Education, Leadership for the 21st Century, Graduate; Northcentral University, Business Administration and Public Administration, Doctoral Candidate

Born:  September 30, 1958, Gainesville, FL

Religious Affiliation:  Baptist

Recreational Interest:  avid reader, biking, collector - coins and memorabilia, exercising of all types, historical research, long walks, mentoring youth, senior citizen volunteer, working out with weights

Legislative Service

Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012, reelected subsequently

Other Public Service

City of Alachua, former City Manager, former Police Officer, former Sergeant, former Deputy Chief of Police

Santa Fe College, State and Local Government, former Adjunct Professor

Alachua County Delegation, Vice Chair, 2012-2014, Chair, 2014-2016


Alachua Lions Club

Alpha Lambda Delta Honorary Society

Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Pinnacle Honor Society

Special Olympics, Volunteer Coach

Alachua County Child Advocacy Center, Steering Committee, past member

Alachua County Task Force of Administrators, past member

Alachua County United Way, past Board of Directors

American Red Cross North Central Florida Chapter, past Board of Directors

Florida City and County Managers' Association, past member

International City Managers' Association, past member

Juvenile Justice Council, past Board of Directors

Police Executive Council, past Board of Directors

Police Executive Training Committee, past Board of Directors


Alachua Chamber of Commerce, Lifetime Achievement Award

Alachua County Democratic Black Caucus, Democrat of the Year Award

Department of Veteran Affairs of North Florida/South Georgia, Certificate of Appreciation for Volunteerism

Florida Democratic Black Caucus, Public Servant Award of the Year

Gainesville Lodge of Fraternal Order of Police, Administrator of the Year Award

Governor's Peace at Home Award, Presented by the late Governor Lawton Chiles

Greater New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Leadership Courage Award

International Association of Chiefs of Police, Professional and Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Award

NAACP - Alachua County Branch, Rev. Dr. T. A. Wright Leadership Award

University of Alabama, Alice Parker Award for Outstanding Work in Humanities

Alachua County Democratic Party, The Buck Stops Here Award, 2013

Florida Farm Bureau, Champion for Agriculture, 2013

Progress Florida, Florida Watch Action, America Votes, Progressive Florida Middle Class Champion, 2013

City of Alachua, Florida, street dedication: "Clovis Watson, Jr. Way" located in front of the housing project where he grew up, 2008

Mountain State University Graduate Program, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2004

Alachua Chamber of Commerce, Officer of the Year Award, 1987, 2001

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