Tres Watson has 15 years of experience in the political arena. A 2002 graduate of Centre College, Tres has winning experience at every level of politics. After years spent working on State House, Congressional and Gubernatorial races, in 2008 Tres ran the winning special election campaign for State Senator Brandon Smith, which US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called “the greatest upset in Kentucky political history.” Later in 2008, Tres ran the field operations for Congressman Brett Guthrie’s winning Congressional campaign, a race where the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $1.5 million dollars.
Tres went on to spend the next six years working for Peritus Public Relations and then as a senior consultant for RunSwitchPR. There, Tres ran statewide public affairs campaigns and provided communications support, including often serving as a spokesman, for organizations like the National Mining Association, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Energy, the Kentucky Coal Association, the US Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, the National Association of Manufacturers, Phillip Morris International and the Community Financial Services Association.
In 2015 Tres returned to campaigns, serving as Campaign Manager for Ryan Quarles’ winning Commissioner of Agriculture campaign. Quarles, a rising star in the party, is the youngest statewide elected official in the nation and is serving a two year term as chairman of Ag America and the Republican Agriculture Commissioner’s Caucus.
In 2016, Tres was named as Communications director for the Republican Party of Kentucky. There he acts as the primary on-the-record spokesman for the party and guided the communications strategy for the party’s historic takeover of the Kentucky State House, which flipped 18 seats to create the first Republican State House majority in 91 years.
Tres lives in Lexington, KY with his wife and two sons.