Watson was appointed as Nixon's chief of staff in November of 2007 when Nixon was the governor-elect.
Having served as Nixon's chief of staff at the Attorney General's office since 1997, he now serves as the governor's top advisor, overseeing the operations of the office and staff.
While in the Attorney General's office, he was the overseer on all legislative and budgetary matters, as well as policy issues involving public safety, consumer protection, education, healthcare, and government efficiency.
Before being appointed to the Attorney General's office, he was an assistant attorney general. He has also worked for the State of Missouri's Department of Economic Development as well as with Emerson Electric in St. Louis, Mo.
Even though Gov. Nixon has had a long standing history with Watson, he has credited Watson's selection due to his qualifications.
In a previous article, Nixon is quoted as saying, "The appointment of John Watson is because as I look around the state, he's the best person prepared to be chief of staff to the governor of Missouri."
As reported in the Missouri Times, Watson is involved in the vital day to day operations of Nixon's cabinet. He not only regulates traffic and manages different personalities, he also has an active voice in the schedule, the details of the day's press, agency staffing as well as policy nuance.
In response to being named as one of the 21 most influential people in the Nixon cabinet, he said, ""When you've been as fortunate as I have to have worked with someone who is as dedicated to serving the people of Missouri as Gov. Nixon, it inspires you in your own career of public service. He has always had a vision for how state government can best serve Missourians, and I'm proud to have helped him in carrying out that vision for the past 20 years."
Watson is a graduate of Kennett High School. He earned his bachelor's degree and law degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He is the son of John and Mary Lou Watson of Kennett.
* Some of the information for this article was sourced from The Missouri Times.