John Watkins (Virginia politician)

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John C. Watkins
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 10th district
Assumed office
January 16, 1998
Preceded by Joseph B. Benedetti
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 65th district
In office
January 12, 1983 – January 13, 1998
Preceded by None (district created)
Succeeded by R. Lee Ware
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 34th district
In office
January 13, 1982 – January 12, 1983
Preceded by Ralph L. Axselle, Jr.
Succeeded by Vincent F. Callahan, Jr.
Personal details
Born John Chewning Watkins
( 1947 -03-01) March 1, 1947 (age 68)
Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kathy
Children 3 sons
Residence Midlothian, Virginia
Alma mater Virginia Tech
Occupation Nursery owner
Committees Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources; Commerce and Labor; Finance; Transportation
Religion Lutheran
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1970-71

John Chewning Watkins (born March 1, 1947, in Petersburg, Virginia) is an American politician. A Republican, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1982 to 1998, when he was elected to the Senate of Virginia. He currently represents the 10th district, situated in part of the city of Richmond and its westerly suburbs, including all of Amelia and Powhatan counties and parts of four others.[1]

In November 2014, he announced that he will not run for re-election in 2016. He cited wanting to spend more time with his grandchildren and new ethics laws following the conviction of former Governor Bob McDonnell. As legislators work part time, many have full time jobs–Watkins owns a nursery and is Chairman of the Board of Essex Bank–and because of the "intense scrutiny", he felt that he "would always be called into question".[2]


  1. ^ Senate of Virginia bio
  2. ^ "State Senator John Watkins announces retirement; cites post-McDonnell ethics scrutiny". CBS6. November 25, 2014. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 


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