Scott Beason

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Scott Beason
Member of the Alabama Senate
from the 17th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 8, 2006
Preceded by Jack Biddle
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the 51st district
In office
November 6, 2002 – November 8, 2006
Preceded by Jim Townsend
Succeeded by Allen Treadaway
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the 50th district
In office
November 4, 1998 – November 6, 2002
Preceded by Jim Townsend
Succeeded by Jim McClendon
Personal details
Born (1969-10-13) October 13, 1969 (age 45)
Hartselle, Alabama
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lori Beason
Children Keller, Merritt and McCalan Beason
Profession Builder and renovator
Religion Baptist

Scott Beason (born 1969) is a Republican member of the Alabama Senate, representing the 17th District since 2006. He ran unsuccessfully in 2012 against incumbent Spencer Bachus for the GOP nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Alabama's 6th congressional district. The 17th Senate District currently comprises northern and western Jefferson County as well as a large portion of St. Clair County. From 1998 to 2006, Beason was a member of the Alabama House of Representatives.

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

In 1969, he was born in Hartselle, Alabama. In 1991, he received a degree in geology from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He was a geologist from 1993 to 1997, having been employed by Bondurant Environmental Consulting. He currently owns Custom Renovators and Old South Construction.[1]

1994 run for Alabama Senate[edit]

In 1994, he ran for Alabama's Senate District 17 as a Republican. He lost in the primary to incumbent State Representative Jack Biddle 60 to 40 percent.[2]

Alabama House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

In 1998, won the primary runoff in Alabama's House District 51 against State Representative Jim Townsend with 53% of the vote.[3] He won the general election with 99% of the vote.[4] Beason won re-election in 2002 in the newly redistricted 51st district.[5]

Tenure[edit]

He broke with his own party to oppose Amendment One, which would have allegedly been the largest tax increase in Alabama's history.[6]

Alabama Senate[edit]

Elections[edit]

In 2006, he sought a rematch against Biddle, the incumbent of Alabama's 17th Senate District. Beason defeated Biddle, receiving 59% of the vote.[7] He won the general election in 2006 with 99% and won re-election in 2010 with 81%.[8]

On January 31, 2014, Beason announced that he would not stand for re-election to a third term.[9]

Tenure[edit]

English language[edit]

He has voted for a bill to require the Alabama driver’s license exam to be given in English only. He also supported a constitutional amendment making English the official language of Alabama.

Illegal Immigration[edit]

Beason was the senate sponsor of Alabama's controversial immigration law, parts of which took effect in late September.[10] He has been quoted in the press saying of immigrants, "When their children grow up and get the chance to vote, they vote for Democrats."[11] He objected to the fact that the law would hurt the Alabama economy, especially agriculture, saying this argument was "absolutely, positively wrong".[12]

2011 bingo trial[edit]

Beason was a chief prosecution witness in the 2011 trial of nine individuals for allegedly attempting to exchange votes for campaign contributions. Beason wore a recording device to surreptitiously record his colleagues in the Alabama state senate. In the recordings Beason can be heard referring to voters in Greene County, Alabama as "aborigines."[9]

Superintendent[edit]

Beason was roundly criticized in the Montgomery Advertiser for introducing an "unwise and unwarranted" bill that would make the position of state superintendent for education an elected position.[13]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Finance and Taxation Education
  • Governmental Affairs
  • Job Creation and Economic Development
  • Local Legislation No. 2
  • Rules[14]

2012 congressional election[edit]

On January 12, 2012, Beason held at a press conference at the Alabama GOP Headquarters, at which he announced his candidacy in the March 13, 2012 Republican primary for Alabama's 6th congressional district, in which he opposed U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus.[15][16] Previously, Beason was subject to speculation that he might run for governor in 2014 or 2018.[17]

Beason ran well to Bachus' right, saying that if elected he would provide "true conservative leadership."[18] Bachus heavily outspent him. The incumbent spent over $1.5 million, outspending Beason 45-1.[19][20] Bachus defeated him 59%-27%, winning every county in the district, with the notable exception of Blount County, which was won by Blount County Probate Judge David Standridge.[21]

Beason did not have to give up his state senate seat to run for Congress; Alabama state senators serve four-year terms, and Beason was not up for reelection again until 2014.

2014 congressional election[edit]

With Bachus announcing his retirement, the Republican primary field was thrown wide open. Initially, Beason said that he was "95 percent sure" he would run for re-election to his State Senate seat,[22] but he changed his mind about three weeks later by deciding not to run again. He did not specifically rule out running for the Congressional seat.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Beason and his family are members of Gardendale First Baptist Church. He is a member of the Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee and the Alabama Republican Executive Committee.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=16074
  2. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=217949
  3. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=218658
  4. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=180063
  5. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=49119
  6. ^ http://scottbeason.com/about/
  7. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=103173
  8. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/CandidateDetail.html?CandidateID=27805
  9. ^ a b c Carter, Robert (2014-01-31). "Scott Beason says he won't run again for Senate seat". The North Jefferson News. 
  10. ^ http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20120113/NEWS02/201130322/Beason-challenges-Bachus-GOP-race-Congress
  11. ^ Not So Sweet Home Alabama, by Diane McWhorter, The New York Times, 17 June 2012
  12. ^ Scott Beaulier, Daniel J. Smith, Darrick C. Luke, Tough on Immigration Is Tough on Economic Growth, The Freeman, January 04, 2012
  13. ^ "Beason's bill for electing state school superintendent a bad idea (editorial)". Montgomery Advertiser. 16 March 2014. p. 4E. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.legislature.state.al.us/senate/senators/senatebios/sd017.html
  15. ^ Carter, Robert (2012-01-12). "Make It Three: Beason, Standridge to oppose Bachus in GOP primary". The North Jefferson News. 
  16. ^ "Beason announces intentions to run for Congress". WBRC. 2012-01-12. 
  17. ^ http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2011/06/jefferson_sen_scott_beason_hot.html
  18. ^ "U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus turns back three challengers in primary and wins without run-off". Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  19. ^ http://www.nationaljournal.com/houseraceresults/bachus-wins-republican-primary-in-alabama-20120313
  20. ^ http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73902.html
  21. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=751061
  22. ^ Carter, Robert (2014-01-08). "Scott Beason: "95 percent sure" he won't run for Sixth District Congressional seat". The North Jefferson News. 
  23. ^ "Alabama State Senate: Senator Scott Beason". Alabama State Senate. Retrieved February 9, 2011. 

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