FORT WORTH, Texas – The Board of Directors of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation (BNSF) today announced the election to its Board of J. C. Watts, Jr., 45, the four-term U.S. Congressman from the Fourth District of Oklahoma who did not stand for re-election last November. The appointment is effective immediately.
In making the announcement, Matthew K. Rose, BNSF Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are delighted to welcome J.C. Watts to our Board. His distinguished record in Congress and his leadership as Chairman of the House Republican Conference and as a member of the House Armed Services Committee earned him respect from both sides of the aisle. Congressman Watts’ perspective and experience on a range of issues will be of critical value to our Board in the years ahead.”
Prior to his 1994 election to Congress, Congressman Watts was Chairman of the Oklahoma State Corporation Commission, which he had been elected to in 1990. He had a distinguished college and professional football career as a quarterback and was inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Honor in 1992.
A 1981 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. degree in Journalism, Congressman Watts and his wife, Frankie, have five children, and they reside in Norman, Oklahoma.