Junior Watkins was first elected to the Peoria County Board in 1994. His is a graduate of Peoria Manual High School and attended Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Junior is a recipient of the St. Francis / WIRL Good Sports Award for outstanding contribution to sports in Central Illinois. He served as the Elks Grand Athletic Global Director for 20 years, and is an Elks Athletic Commission Emeritus. Junior is a Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame board member, a League Commission for the Moonlight Basketball League, and founder of the 35-year strong Hersey Hawkins, Shaun Livingston Summer Basketball League.
Junior is also a member of the Peoria Park District Recreation Advisory Board, a member of the Peoria Fire and Police Commission, and former co-chairperson of the United Auto Workers Election Committee.