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Rep. Eric Watson

R-Cleveland
District 22 — Meigs, Polk and part of Bradley Counties — Map

district address

605 Ocoee Hills Circle
Cleveland, TN 37323-8771
Phone (423) 339-0939

nashville address

301 6th Avenue North
Suite 112 War Memorial Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone (615) 741-7799
Fax (615) 253-0252
rep.eric.watson@capitol.tn.gov

Personal Information

  • Born September 14
  • Married
  • Baptist
  • Detective, Benton Police Department
  • State of Tennessee Private Investigator
  • State of Tennessee Certified Handgun Instructor
  • State of Tennessee Boater Safety Education Instructor
  • Graduate of the Tennessee Bureau Investigation State Academy- Class President
  • Graduate of the Tennessee Sheriffs School
  • Graduate of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy
  • Graduate of the Tennessee Public School System
  • Andersonville Theological Seminary, Masters Degree, Summa Cum Laude
  • Andersonville Theological Seminary, Bachelor of Education, Summa Cum Laude
  • University of Tennessee Martin, Professional Certificate – Law Enforcement
  • United States Marshall Service Academy, Glynco, GA

Community Involvement

  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • National Rifle Association
  • Southern Gospel Music Association
  • Cleveland/Bradley Co. Economic Development Council
  • Coats for the Cold
  • Tennessee Sheriff's Association
  • Sons of the American Revolution
  • Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce
  • Kiwanis Club

Current Session

Staff Contacts

  • Michelle Yates

Service in Public Office

  • Member of the 104th through 108th General Assemblies
  • Chair, House Criminal Justice Committee
  • Member, House State Government Committee
  • Member, House Calendar and Rules Committee
  • Member, House Criminal Justice Subcommittee
  • Co-Chair, NCSL Law and Criminal Justice Standing Committee
  • Tennessee Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 Housing Hero Award - Home Builders Assoc. of Tennessee
  • 2012 Veterans of Foreign Wars Loyalty Day Award
  • 2012 Best Political Leader Award of Bradley County
  • 2012 Tennessee Bureau Investigation Award
  • 2011 "Legislator of the Year" by the Tennessee District Attorneys Generals Conference
  • 2010 Outstanding Representative Award given by the County Officials Association of Tennessee
  • 2010 Bradley County Sheriff's Office - Promoted to Captain
  • 2010 Fraternal Order of Police Outstanding Service Award
  • 2008 Tennessee Realtors Association - "Legislator of the Year"
  • 2008 Tennessee At-Large Delegate for 2008 Republican National Convention
  • 2006 Bradley County Sheriff's Office - Promoted to Lieutenant
  • 2005 United States Marshals Service - For dedication and service during "Operation Falcon"
  • 2004 Bradley County Sheriff's Office - Career Deputy One Stripes
  • 2003 Bradley County Public Service Award - "Coats for the Cold"
  • 2001 Bradley County Life Saving Award - Saved The Life of James Garrett, Senior Citizen
  • 1998 Tennessee's Governor's Award of Excellence
  • 1998 - 2005 Eric Watson and Tennessee Harmony Charted six top 80 songs across America in the Christian music charts