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Wesley Wade WATKINS

(1938- )

WATKINS, Wesley Wade, a Representative from Oklahoma; born in DeQueen, Sevier County, Ark., December 15, 1938; graduated from Bennington High School, Bennington, Okla., 1956; B.S., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla., 1960; M.S., Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla., 1961; Oklahoma Air National Guard, 1960-1967; United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., 1961-1963; administrator, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla., 1963-1966; business executive; member of the Oklahoma state senate, 1975-1976; delegate, Oklahoma State Democratic Convention, 1972; delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1972; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1977-January 3, 1991); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Second Congress in 1990, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination for Governor of Oklahoma; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Oklahoma in 1994; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fifth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1997-January 3, 2003); not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Eighth Congress in 2002.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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