Congressman Mel Watt
A native a Mecklenburg County, Mel Watt has served North Carolina’s 12th congressional district since 1993. A member of the Democratic Party, Watt is a member of the United States House of Representatives. Watt has also served one term as a state Senator and previously served as campaign manager for Charlotte’s first black Mayor, Harvey Gantt. On May 1, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Watt as the next head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency which oversees agencies such as FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. Watt Graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1967 as well as a J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1970. Watt is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the International Conservation Caucus, and the Congressional Black Caucus for which he served as the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus from 2005 to 2006. Watt serves on the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on the Judiciary.

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