Legislator Profile

Former Florida Representative Clovis Watson (C) (D)
The information below was accurate during the legislator's active term.
Clovis Watson (C)
District Address:
Suite 202
2815 Northwest 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32609-2865
(352) 264-4001

Capitol Address:
200 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
(850) 717-5020
political profile
  • House District:20
  • First Elected:2012
  • Terms Out:2020
  • Party:Democrat
  • Delegations:Alachua,Marion
  • District Information:view district 20 map
  • Legislative Service:Elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012
  • Born:September 30, 1958, Gainesville, FL
  • Moved to Florida:
  • Religious Affiliation:Christian
  • Education:Santa Fe College, Law Enforcement Certification; Santa Fe College, AS, Criminal Justice Technology; University of Alabama, BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, Human Services; Mountain State University, MA, Interdisciplinary Studies, Public Administration; Northcentral University, MBA; 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
  • Occupation:State Legislator, Retired City Manager
  • Spouse:
  • Children:5 adult sons
  • Affiliations: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
  • Highlights: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
    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
  • Former 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
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