AKA James Gaius Watt
Birthplace: Lusk, WY
Religion: Born-Again Christian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Party Affiliation: Republican
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Reagan's Secretary of the Interior
In a press conference on 21 September 1983, made the following comment about his staff: "I have a black, a woman, two Jews and a cripple. And we have talent." He resigned eighteen days later.
On 2 January 1996, Washington lobbyist and former US Secretary of the Interior James Watt pleaded guilty to withholding documents and information from a grand jury in 1990. In exchange for his guilty plea, 18 felony perjury charges against him were dropped. Watt had intentionally concealed documents which had been subpoenaed during a grand jury investigation into the Reagan-era HUD scandal. He received five years' probation, 500 hours of community service, and a $5,000 fine.
Infamously banned women from wearing pantsuits in his department, without success -- the edict was flagrantly violated by all of his female attorneys.
Father: William Gaius Watt
Mother: Lois Mae Williams Watt
Wife: Leilani Bomgardner Watt (m. 2-Nov-1957, 2 children)
Daughter: Erin Watt
Son: Eric Watt
University: BS, University of Wyoming (1960)
Law School: JD, University of Wyoming (1962)
US Secretary of the Interior 1981-83, resigned
Mountain States Legal Foundation President 1976
PTL Club Board of Trustees (1987)
Contempt of Congress 1982
Obstruction of Justice
Is the subject of books:
Caught in the Conflict: My Life with James Watt, 1984, BY: Leilani Watt, DETAILS: (memoir)
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