Candidate Profile
Michael Watson

Republican , Mississippi


Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon


Conservative Organizations

Empower Mississippi, 2016:  A
Americans for Prosperity MS, 2016:  93%
American Conservative Union MS (ACU-MS), 2018:  79%, 84% (cum.)



Liberal Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union MS (ACLU), 2018:  67%




Reported by Candidate

Gov. Phil Bryant, MADA

Selected Contributions


Chris McDaniel (2014), Roger Wicker (2008)







Other Information

key votes from Vote Smart


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

When a health risk to the mother is fatal and no other medical interventions will suffice.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

Socialism provides a robust foundation for a stable economy.

Strongly Disagree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Get government out of the way. By that, I mean fewer regulations and smaller government which both lead to lower taxes. This allows entrepreneurs and job creators to grow their businesses and hire more employees.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Reducing the overly-burdensome regulatory scheme, shrinking its breadth and scope and lowering taxes.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or business owners because of their deeply held religious beliefs.

Strongly Agree

Governments should not penalize those who define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

The problem with the healthcare debate is that it's been focused on how to pay for such an expensive system as opposed to how do we bring costs down. We need to start the discussion with increasing access to care, and it begins with telemedicine, more nurse practitioners, fewer regulations for our doctors and other medical professionals, and more competition in the pharmaceutical and insurance industries, amongst a few other issues.

National Security

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree


Biblical values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

Strongly Disagree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

Free speech is under attack on public university and college campuses.

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Selfishness and unhealthy ambition.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and pay the ultimate price for my sins. I've always tried to keep God first and treat others as I'd like to be treated. I was raised in church as a pastor's son and committed my life to Jesus at an early age. I seek God in all things, and though I'm not perfect, He has continued to be so faithful to me. My wife and I disciple our daughters in the faith at home and through active membership in our church.


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

I've 12 years of votes that can be reviewed on the MS Legislative website, as well as multiple legislative scorecards published by various organizations. For instance, I currently hold the highest lifetime rating in the MS Senate with the American Conservative Union.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

As a practicing attorney and small business owner, I've had to interact with the Secretary of State's office on behalf of clients and for our family's small business, which has given me an inside look at how the office operates. Additionally, while in the legislature, I've had to study and/or work on election law issues, 16th section land issues, tidelands issues, and many others under the Secretary of State's domain. Having worked with the office from the private sector and public sector, I've got a unique perspective and am ready to get to work on day one.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:; 601.359.2395

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

(Did not answer)

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree

2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree


  • University of Mississippi, Oxford, JD, 2003
  • University of Mississippi, Oxford, BBA, 2000
Work & Military
  • Watson Legal, PLLC, Owner, 6
  • Orion Engineering, In-House Counsel, 3
  • Dogan& Wilkinson, PLLC, Associate Attorney, 7
  • Rotary Club, Member
  • American Heart Association, Supporter/Volunteer
  • American Cancer Society, Supporter/Volunteer
  • Sigma Nu Fraternity, Chaplain
  • Hight AG, Youth Minister
  • MS State Senate, Held 2008-Present

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