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Dr. Ron Watson, born and raised in Prince George’s County, currently serves as State Senator for the 23rd Legislative District in the Maryland General Assembly. Ron was appointed to the Maryland Senate on August 27, 2021, by Gov. Larry Hogan to fill the vacancy created by Douglas Peters, who resigned July 31, 2021. He was re-elected to the Senate on November 8, 2022. He is the Vice Chairman of the Prince George's Senate Delegation. He serves on the Education, Energy and Environment Committee, and was appointed to the Joint Committee on Cyber, Biotech and Information Technology.
Prior to serving as Senator, he was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 2018 where he served on the Judiciary Committee.
Before being elected to the House of Delegates, Ron was elected to the Prince George's County Board of Education and served as Vice-Chairman from 2007 - 2010. In this capacity he spearheaded many programs to enhance the learning experience for students to be successful. One program Ron established with the assistance of the School board was “Connecting Generations". This initiative was a county-wide mentoring program designed to improve student success and build social skills by pairing a student with an adult mentor.
Ron had a distinguished military career spanning 14 years as an Army Signal Officer and served on active duty to support Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon leaving military service he started, and is the President of, Watson Management Corporation (WMC). WMC is a locally based business management consulting company, which provides support to the Department of Defense (DOD) and other government agencies in Business Operations, Program Management, Quality Assurance, and Process Improvement. Ron has been working as a consultant to the DOD for over 30 years.
Ron has a strong educational background and is a firm believer in life-long learning. His educational background includes:
PhD - Systems Engineering, Binghamton University
MS - Advanced Technology, Binghamton University
MBA - Business Administration, George Washington University
BS - Electrical Engineering, Morgan State University
Leadership Maryland, 2008
Ron has a long history of community service. He has served as District Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America for Prince George’s County, as well as a Board Member of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce. He is a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and has served on Bowie State University's Foundation Board. He is a Prince Hall Mason, and a member of the Charles H. Wesley Lodge #147 located in Bowie Maryland, a member of I.H. Clayborn Consistory #363 in Columbia and a Shriner with Mecca Temple #10 in Washington, D.C.. He is a life-member of Disney-Bell American Legion Post 66 in Bowie, a member of First Baptist Church of Glenarden, and the husband of Ingrid S. Watson, Councilmember of Prince George's County Council.