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Joe Watkins

Host of State of Independence

Joe Watkins, host of State of Independence, has been blessed with an extraordinary life. From early years in the projects of Queens to an office inside President George H. W. Bush’s White House, his story inspires others to trust God and find dignity and value in their fellow man.


As a commentator on Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News, Joe has been a leader for civility and decency in the public square. With decades on the frontlines of politics, finance, and educational reform, he confronts issues with keen observations outside the realm of partisan talking points.


His introduction to politics came in 1981 when he joined the staff of newly elected U.S. Senator Dan Quayle. In 1984, Joe was inspired to run for office himself. He was the Republican nominee for Indiana’s 10th Congressional District but was defeated in the general election by an incumbent. Joe returned to Pennsylvania to serve as an assistant to the President of the University of Pennsylvania until his enlistment in the 1988 Bush/Quayle campaign and subsequent transition to the White House to serve as associate director in the White House Office of Public Liaison.


Since his public service, he’s served in a variety of leadership roles in charity and non-profit organizations. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children and 6 grandchildren and live in Philadelphia.


Joe is the former pastor of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church—the oldest African American Lutheran Church in Philadelphia.


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Show Overview

Each week on State of Independence, White House veteran Joe Watkins offers conservative, Christian conversations driven by kindness. Joe’s decades of experience in politics, finance, education, and as a Pastor bring a fresh, bible-based perspective to discussion with his diverse guests.

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