Active in Republican politics since high school as a campaign volunteer and intern, John began his political career as Finance Director for Bob Barr for Congress in 1994. A stint as District Representative for GA’s 7th Congressional District led to Watson being recruited by GAGOP Chairman Rusty Paul to be Finance Director for the GAGOP from 1995-1997. After installing an integrated fundraising apparatus at the Party, John was hired by then GA Attorney General, Mike Bowers, to manage Mike’s 1998 campaign for Governor.
In 2001, John became chief political consultant to the man who would become Georgia’s first Republican Governor in 135 years, Sonny Perdue, and would later become the Governor’s Chief of Staff. Serving in that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing combined campaign and State Party operations that raised millions of dollars, organized efforts in all 159 counties of Georgia and would win re-election for Governor Perdue in a landslide.
Over the years, John has participated and advised campaigns throughout Georgia and with the GAGOP in numerous Victory fundraising efforts including serving as Georgia Republican Foundation Chairman under Chairman Ralph Reed prior to becoming Chief of Staff for Governor Perdue.
Most recently, Watson was Campaign Co-Chair for David Perdue for US Senate.
John and his wife Kimberly, who met while working at the GA GOP office, have two teenage daughters, live and attend church in West Cobb.