Bobby Scott (U.S. politician)
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd district
January 3, 1993
|Preceded by||Tom Bliley|
April 30, 1947 |
|Residence||Newport News, Virginia|
|Alma mater||Harvard College
Boston College Law School
|Service/branch||United States Army
United States National Guard
|Years of service||1970-1973
Robert Cortez "Bobby" Scott (born April 30, 1947) is the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 3rd congressional district, serving since 1993. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district takes in most of Richmond, all of Portsmouth, along with parts of Norfolk, Hampton and Scott's home in Newport News.
Early life, education, and law career
Scott was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates as a Democrat in 1977 and he was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 1982. While in the Virginia legislature, he worked for greater access to health care for the poor and children, an increased minimum wage, and greater job training. Scott also authored legislation that provides tax credits to business that provide donations to serving local communities in preventing crime or increasing social service delivery.
U.S. House of Representatives
In 1992, the Department of Justice directed the Virginia legislature to draw a black-majority district after the 1990 census. The legislature responded by shifting most of the black residents of Hampton Roads and Richmond into a newly created Virginia's 3rd congressional district. Scott won a three-way Democratic primary with 67% of the vote, which was tantamount to election in this heavily Democratic district. In the general election, he defeated Republican Dan Jenkins 79%-21%.
During this time period, he won re-election every two years with at least 76% of the vote, except in 2004. That year, he was challenged by Republican Winsome Sears, a former State Delegate. He won with 69% of the vote, his lowest winning percentage of his career. He ran unopposed in 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2008.
Bobby Scott is running for his eleventh Congressional term. After redistricting, Scott's district was made even more safe. Currently, Obama won his district with 76%, while the new district he won with 78% of the vote. Bobby Scott will face former Air Force officer Dean Longo in the election.
Scott is the first African American Representative from Virginia since Reconstruction. Also, having a maternal grandfather of Filipino ancestry gives Scott the distinction of being the first American of Filipino descent to serve as a voting member of Congress. Scott’s congressional district is the only one with a majority black population in Virginia. The district was created in 1992 and has remained the most Democratic district in Virginia.
Scott's annual Labor Day picnic, generally held at his mother's residence in Newport News, is a major campaign stop for statewide and federal candidates in Virginia.
On November 7, 2009, Scott voted for the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962).
Scott has voted progressively in the House of Representatives. He has supported increases in the minimum wage and has worked to eliminate anti-gay bias in the workplace. In 2010, Scott co-sponsored the "Lee-Scott bill" with Barbara Lee to make it easier on individuals who had been on unemployment for 99 weeks without finding work. In regards to the bill, Lee said that "it is important that we put in place a safety net for those still looking for work. We cannot and will not allow our fellow Americans to fall by the wayside. Congressman Scott and I plan to continue to push for passage of this legislation because it is simply the right thing to do."
Scott has been an outspoken opponent of the Bush agenda during his 8 years in office. He opposed the Patriot Act explaining that officials may abuse the power by promoting anti-terrorist security and develop unfair “racial profiling”. In 2002 Scott voted nay on the Iraq war resolution and did not support any of the Bush Doctrine in reference to the Iraq war.
- Committee on Education and Labor
- Committee on the Judiciary
|1986||Bobby Scott||63,364||44%||Herbert H. Bateman||80,713||56%||*|
|1992||Bobby Scott||132,432||79%||Daniel Jenkins||35,780||21%||*|
|1994||Bobby Scott||108,532||79%||Thomas E. Ward||28,080||21%||*|
|1996||Bobby Scott||118,603||82%||Elsie Goodwyn Holland||25,781||18%||*|
|1998||Bobby Scott||48,129||76%||(no candidate)||Robert S. Barnett||Independent||14,453||23%||*|
|2000||Bobby Scott||137,527||98%||(no candidate)||Write-ins||3,226||2%|
|2002||Bobby Scott||87,521||96%||(no candidate)||Write-ins||3,552||4%|
|2004||Bobby Scott||159,373||69%||Winsome Sears||70,194||31%||*|
|2006||Bobby Scott||133,546||96%||(no candidate)||Write-ins||5,448||4%|
|2008||Bobby Scott||230,911||97%||(no candidate)||Write-ins||7,377||3%|
|2010||Bobby Scott||114,656||70%||Chuck Smith||44,488||27%||James Quigley||Libertarian||2,383||2%||*|
- "Another US congressman who has Filipino roots is Rep. Robert Scott, an African-American representing Virginia’s third District. The Harvard-educated Democrat’s maternal grandfather, Valentin Cortez Hamlin, is from the Philippine." (sic., final word should read "Philippines".), Edmund Silvestre (November 8, 2008). Fil-Am elected to US Congress. The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2008-11-08.[dead link]
- "CAMPAIGN 2012: Dean Longo challenges Bobby Scott". CBS6. 19 May 2012.
- "Obama kicks off campaign in Richmond". Daily Press. 5 May 2012.
- The Almanac of American Politics, National Journal Group, 2009.
- , Project Vote Smart.
- "Barbara Lee, Bobby Scott Introduce Bill For 99ers". Huffington Post. 20 December 2010.
- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
- Election results. Virginia State Board of Elections
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Bobby Scott (U.S. politician)|
- U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott official U.S. House site
- Bobby Scott for Congress official campaign site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at Ballotpedia
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Staff salaries, trips and personal finance (federal office) at LegiStorm.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
|Senate of Virginia|
Herbert H. Bateman
|Virginia Senate, District 2
W. Henry Maxwell
|United States House of Representatives|
Thomas J. Bliley, Jr.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd congressional district
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|United States Representatives by seniority