Wes Watkins, former U.S. congressman from Oklahoma, will sign copies of his new biography “Making Things Better: Wes Watkins’ Legacy of Leadership” from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the North Hall Lobby at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa.
Watkins was elected to Congress as a Democrat in 1976, succeeding the late Carl Albert who as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives reached the highest political office of an Oklahoman in the state’s history. Watkins came out of retirement in 1996 and was elected as a Republican in the district still heavily populated by Democrats.
The biography details Watkins’ early life in rural southeast Oklahoma and his rise to power in the U.S. Congress, focusing on the life experiences that influenced his efforts to address economic issues throughout his career. The book also spotlights Watkins’ longtime partner in public service, wife Lou, a member of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.
Released earlier this year, the book was written by OSU alumnus Judge Kim D. Parrish.
All proceeds from book sales during the signing event will go to OSU’s Wes and Lou Watkins Matthew 25:40 International Studies Scholarship. Each year, the scholarships are awarded to OSU students willing to travel to participate in community improvement projects in developing countries.
OSU-Tulsa is located at 700 N. Greenwood Avenue, near I-244 and Detroit Avenue in downtown Tulsa. Parking is available in Lot D.