After leading the University of Oklahoma Sooners to two consecutive Big Eight Championships and Orange Bowl victories going on to play professional football in the Canadian football league, J.C. Watts became the first African-American to be elected to a statewide office. He was later elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served four terms. During his tenure, he delivered the 1996 keynote speech to the Republican National Convention, delivered the Republican response to the 1997 State of the Union, and served as Chairman of the House Republican Conference, the fourth highest position of leadership in the House. He currently serves as chairman of the J.C. Watts Companies, a consulting firm. Locally, he is a member of the Dillard’s Inc. Board of Directors.