Representatives

Representative Barbara Watson

Representative Barbara Watson - 107th District

Watson was born in Miami and became active in community affairs, serving as the Director of the Andover Civic Association starting in 1992. She owned and operated Watson Antique and Classic Cars with her husband, and later served as a director on the Florida Limousine Association of South Florida and served on the Dade County Limousine Advisory Board. Following its incorporation in 2003, Watson served on the Miami Gardens City Council from 2003 to 2010 and was the vice-mayor from 2007 to 2009.

In 2012, following the reconfiguration of the legislative districts, Watson was moved into the 107th District, which, like her previous district, was based in Miami Gardens, but switched the reach to Pembroke Pines for an extension to North Miami.

Contact Information

Aventura Office
610 Northwest 183rd Street
Suite 204
Miami Gardens, FL 33169-4472
Phone: 305-654-7100

Capitol Office
1003 The Capitol
402 S Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: 850-717-5107
Barbara Watson Website

Representative Dotie JosephRepresentative Dotie Joseph - 108th District

The Honorable Dotie Joseph is the State Representative for District 108 in Florida's Legislature. Representative Joseph was born in Haiti and raised in Miami, where she attended public schools, studied hard, and went on to graduate from Yale University and Georgetown Law.

At Yale, the young community activist co-founded Yale's Haitian Student Alliance, and served as the Political Action Chairperson of the Yale N.A.A.C.P. Drawn to public service, the student served as the Legislative Correspondent for U.S. Representative Peter Deutsch in DC, and Acting Youth Director for Beraca Church in Miami.

Civil Rights

Passionate about civil rights, Ms. Joseph sought to hone her advocacy skills and interned with the National Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, interned with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as the 2003 Frankel Fellow for Human Rights First.

Driven by Martin Luther King, Jr.'s quote, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere," Ms. Joseph also worked on human rights issues abroad in Egypt and Uganda, and by interning with President Carter at the Carter Center, focusing on Latin America, the Caribbean, and West Africa.

Professional Experience

After graduating from Georgetown, served as the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Eugene Hamilton, a Civil Rights Litigation Consultant, an employment discrimination litigator, Deputy City Attorney for the City of North Miami Beach, and is currently an attorney with the all-black female firm of Austin Pamies Norris Weeks.

Memberships

Committed to serving her community, Attorney Joseph has served as: 

  • A Past President of the Haitian Lawyers Association
  • First Vice-Chair of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party
  • A Member of the Miami-Dade Black Affairs Advisory Board
  • A Member of the North Miami Board of Adjustment
  • A volunteer attorney with the Miami-Dade Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples (NAACP)
  • A Volunteer Election Protection Attorney for both of President Barack Obama's campaigns

Recognition

Representative Joseph has received a "Woman on the Rise" award from the Dade County Bar Association, a "40 Under 40″ award from Legacy Magazine, and was honored as a "Woman of Substance" by the Miami-Dade County Board of County

Contact Information

District Office
12330 Northeast 8th Avenue
Miami, FL 33161-5607
Phone: 305-892-4296

Capitol Office
1102 The Capitol
402 S Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Phone: 850-717-5108
Dotie Joseph Website