MEMBER VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES (1982-85; 1996 - )
Committees: ranking minority member of Courts of Justice; Finance; and Science & Technology.
Prior Assignments: Health, Welfare & Institutions; Chesapeake and Its Tributaries; Labor
Current Legislative Appointments:
Jt Senate/House Mental Health Subcommittee (SJ47) Information
Jt Commission on Transportation Accountability Information
Child Support Enforcement Panel
Prior Legislative Appointments include:
Feasibility of Creating a Regional Rapid Transit Network, co-Chair;
Board of Veteran Services; Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the Governor’s Violence Against Women Commission, Chair; Governor's Biotechnology Advisory Board, Subcommittee Studying Virginia's Land Conservation Tax Credit; Criminal Justice Services Board; Chair, Victim Witness Advisory Committee; Commission on Northern Virginia Regional Transportation Authority; Commission on Mandated Health Insurance Benefits.
Bills introduced by Delegate Watts that have been signed into law
FAIRFAX CASA (COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES) (1993-2000)
Executive Director of non-profit serving over 650 children in abuse and neglect cases annually.
U.S. ADVISORY COMMISSION ON INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS (1990-94)
Author of two books on Criminal Justice through U.S. Department of Justice grant.
CONSULTANT, TRANSPORTATION AND FINANCE (1990-93)
Clients included National Institute of Corrections, National League of Cities, Arthur Anderson Consulting, Ernst & Young, and National Association of Public Administration.
VIRGINIA SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC SAFETY (1986-90)
State Agencies under Secretariat:
Transportation, Corrections, State Police, Motor Vehicles, Alcoholic Beverage Control, Correctional Education, Military Affairs, Emergency Services, Criminal Justice Services, Parole Board, Aviation, Fire Programs, Alcohol Safety Action Program, Commonwealth's Attorneys Services, (Virginia Port Authority prior to 7/88).
Exercised budgetary and legislative oversight for
29,395 employees, $2.77 billion in annual operating funds, and $100 million annually in building construction, and addition to highway and transit construction.
Major Secretarial initiatives
- Gained legislative approval of 1/2 billion dollar annual state transportation revenue increase;
- Initiated and carried out prison construction on 13 sites resulting in a 45% capacity increase;
- Chaired Northern Virginia sub-regional transportation plan adoption;
- Chaired negotiations for 80% private funding of $140 million public road improvement;
- Private toll Road Corporation authorized and granted a franchise.
- Commuter Rail agreement reached involving 4 railroads, 6 localities, Virginia, and Congress.
- Congressional approval to establish the Washington Area Airport Authority. Dulles selected as site for the National Air and Space Museum expansion.
- Average highway construction project time cut 20%. Anti-fraud contract monitoring unit established.
- Annual $10 million aviation safety improvement and service expansion program developed.
- Statewide emergency hazardous material response and training program established.
- Computerized fingerprint identification instituted.
- Prison escape rate and use of overtime brought to unprecedented low levels.
- Prison literacy program established. Prison mental health program achieved accreditation.
- Statistical model tracking 122 separate trends instituted to predict prison population growth. 10-year Prison Construction Master Plan developed.
MEMBER VIRGINIA HOUSE OF DELEGATES (1982-85)
Committee Assignments: Finance; Labor and Commerce; and Chesapeake and Its Tributaries.
Voted "Most Promising Freshman." Listed in top 1/3 of effectiveness after 3 years.
22nd woman elected to General Assembly
RESEARCHER FOR ARTHUR YOUNG AND COMPANY (1984-85)
Researched issues with potential impact on state/local government financial management, i.e. Garcia, insurance liability, customs clearance, court records computerization, client tracking, etc.
CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATIVE ASSISTANT (1979-80)
Responsibility for Procurement Conference, payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, electric power generation.
STATE LEGISLATIVE AIDE (1979-81)
Tracked state budget and pension reform and developed over 25 statistically accurate redistricting plans.
FAIRFAX COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (1977-79)
As Director or Research and Legislation provided research and strategy support for taxation, economic development, and transportation.
CHAIRMAN, FAIRFAX COUNTY FISCAL COMMISSION (1978-79)
Directed comprehensive review of tax structure, intergovernmental revenues, budget and appraisal procedures, including compilation and editing of 125-page report.
CHAIRMAN, EFFICIENT USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES (1978)
Developed evaluation framework for school closings and produced 40-page report.
FAIRFAX AREA LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
President (1975-77) of 600 member organization.
As Fiscal Chair authored "Alternatives to the Real Estate Tax" and " Fairfax County's Tax Base".
NUMEROUS HONORS and CIVIC RESPONSIBILITIES, including
Member, Fairfax County “Diversion First” Commission (2015 -
Virginia Counselors Association Outstanding Legislator 2014
Virginia Association of Commonwealth Attorneys “Champion of Justice” 2014
NV Transportation Alliance "Dust, Sweat, & Blood Award" 2013 and 2007
Dulles Corridor Rail Association Leadership 2013
- Apartment and Office Building Assoc of Metropolitan Washington Outstanding Leadership Award 2013
- League of Women Voters of Virginia Good Goverance Award 2013
- 2013 Virginia Coalition for Distraction Free Driving Award
- The Korean American Assn of Washington Metropolitian Area Public Service Award 2013
- Arts Council of Fairfax County 2012
- Virginia Interfaith Center "Legislator of the Year" 2011
- Mental Health Advocates "Community Contributor Award 2008
- Virginia American Legion Auxiliary "Outstanding Woman of Virginia" 2006
- Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court "Kassabian Award" 2004
- Sheriff Association's "Outstanding Legislator" 2008 and 2003
- Human Services Coalition "Outstanding Elected Official" 2002
- Northern Virginia Technology Council "Champion of Technology 1999
- Virginia Network for Victims and Witnesses of Crime Outstanding Service Award 1999, 1997
- First "Honorary Member of the Fairfax County Police Child Services Unit" 1999
- Lossie J. Tucker Meritorious Service Award 1994
- Tysons Rotary Citizen of the Year 1987
- Annandale Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year 1986
- Founding member of Fairfax County Committee of 100
- Washington Post "Citizen of the Year" 1977
Complete list of affiliations, honors, and major speeches and presentation furnished on request.
B.A. cum laude, University of Michigan, 1962; English major with minors in Mathematics and Psychology
National Merit Scholar and Valedictorian, Trenton ( Michigan) High School
Born 1940; married to Dave since 1960;
Cindy born in 1962 and Jeff in 1965;
4 grandsons: Ryan, Cal, Ian, and Michael;
2 grand-daughters, Brooke and Paige;
Virginia resident since 1963.
List of Major Non-Legislative and Non-Ex Officio Appointments
- Arts Council of Fairfax County, Advisory Panel and Board Member (2001-2012 )
- Annandale North Springfield Little League team sponsor (1999- )
- Advisory Council, Salvation Army Northern Virginia Adult Rehabilitation Center (1993- )
- Advisory Committee to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (1994-98) and Children's Justice Act Programs
- Board, Annandale Rotary (1994-96)
- Board of Trustees, Virginia Museum of Natural History (1992-96)
- Chair, Virginia Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee (1992-94)
- Board of Directors, Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia (1991-97)
- Citizen Advisory Committee, Northern Virginia Transportation Coordinating Council (1990-94)
- Public Member, National Council of Engineering Specialty Boards (1991-94)
- Task Force on Growth and Transportation, Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments (1990-93)
- Member, Washington Board of Trade Transportation Committee (1990-93)
- Virginia Vice-Chairman, DO IT Coalition (1990-92)
- National Academy of Public Administration Advisory Panel on Department of Transportation National Transportation Policy (1990-91)
- Executive Boards, Fairfax-Falls Church and National Capitol United Way (1978-92)
- National Board, Women Executives in State Government (1986-87)
- Board and Founding member (1977) of Fairfax County Committee of 100
- Board, Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital (1984-86)
- Board, Prepaid Legal Services Corporation of Virginia (1983-85)
- Community College Child Care Board (1980-85)
- Advisory Board, Consortium for Continuing Higher Education (1981-85)
- Board, Friends of the Victim Assistance Network (1980-84)
- Chair, Fairfax County Fiscal Policy Commission (1978-79)
- Co-Chair, successful $40 million school bond referendum (1978)
- Chair, Citizen Task Force on School Closings (1978)
- METRO Financing Task Force, Center for Metropolitan Studies (1977-78)
- President, Wakefield Forest PTA (1977-78)
- Citizen Task Force on Metrorail Alternatives (1977-78)
- Citizen Task Force Reviewing Proposed Water Rate Increases (1977)
- Chairman's Council for Board of Supervisors (1976-77)
- Fairfax County Public School Superintendent's Planning Council (1975-77)
- Steering Committee for successful courthouse referendum (1977)
- Alternate Forms of County Government Task Force (1975)
- Speakers Bureau for new State Constitution (1970)
- Co-Chair, First Michigan Methodist Church Inter-racial Youth Conference (1958)
- Chair, Christian Citizenship, State Youth Board of the Michigan Methodist Church (1957-58)