|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Glenn Nye|
|Born||Edward Scott Rigell
May 28, 1960
|Alma mater||Mercer University (B.B.A.
Regent University (M.B.A)
|Profession||Car dealership owner|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps Reserve|
|Years of service||1978–1984|
Early life, education, and business career
Rigell was raised in Titusville, Florida. He served for six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1978–1984, attaining the rank of Sergeant. His father served in the Marines in World War II, landing on Iwo Jima, and his son is a Marine. He holds an A.A. from Brevard Community College, a B.B.A. from Mercer University, and a M.B.A. from Regent University.
Rigell founded a car dealership, Freedom Automotive in 1991, initially purchasing the former Bruce Flournoy Ford dealership in Norfolk, then expanding to purchase Thompson Ford in Hampton. Later, Rigell subsequently added a Volvo and Lincoln-Mercury dealership, subsequently selling Freedom Ford-Hampton, Freedom Volvo and Freedom Lincoln Mercury-Chesapeake (since closed) to their respective presidents, while continuing to own the properties. Rigell still owns Freedom Ford in Norfolk.
U.S. House of Representatives
Rigell won the Republican nomination in a six-way race. The Hill rated Rigell's primary race as one of the top seven primaries in Congress for this election cycle. Rigell was considered by many to be the favorite in the primary, had support from the National Republican Congressional Committee and Eric Cantor - at least after the primary, and was endorsed by Republican Virginia governor Bob McDonnell.
Rigell came under attack from his primary opponents for having sold 138 cars under the Cash for Clunkers program, which Rigell subsequently criticized as "reckless bailouts and an out-of-control federal debt." He also came under attack for making campaign contributions to Barack Obama during the 2008 Democratic primaries and to Virginia Democrat Louise Lucas in her bid against Randy Forbes. Rigell said he believed that Hillary Clinton would have been a worse option for President.
- General election
Rigell states that his top priority is reducing government spending and that he supports replacing the health care law with market-based reforms. As of June 4, 2010, Rigell had contributed $775,000 of his personal wealth to his campaign. Rigell defeated Democratic incumbent Glenn Nye for Virginia's 2nd congressional district.
Rigell was challenged by businessman and Democratic nominee Paul Hirschbiel.
- Social issues
Representative Rigell has conservative views on social issues: he states he is "proudly pro-life", he opposes gay marriage and opposed the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell.". In 2011, Rigell cosponsored bills to prohibit abortion coverage under the national Affordable Health Care law, prohibit the use of federal funds for Planned Parenthood and prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion. Rigell supports a tax credit for heterosexual couples.
- Military issues
Rigell's district includes the largest concentration of active duty and retired service members in the United States. He supported the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Act, which the House and Senate passed. This bill increased the rate of compensation for veterans who were disabled in active duty. Representative Rigell supports the continued military effort in Afghanistan; he opposed a vote in 2011 to remove troops from the country. However, he also opposed deploying ground troops to Libya.
Representative Rigell supported Paul Ryan's budget plan, Path to Prosperity, which called for repeal of the 2010 Healthcare legislation. He vocally criticized Senate inaction on the House's budget plans in 2011, stating "Empirically we can show that the bottleneck is in the Senate – I hope every American stands up and says to Senator Reid: get these bills passed, we’ll go to conference, let’s work it out, we’ll work weekends and get this thing moving again." Ultimately, he voted in favor of S 627, the 2011 budget proposal which raised the debt ceiling and required a supercommittee to provide more concrete spending cuts.
- Warren Buffett challenge to the GOP
Billionaire Warren Buffett challenged the GOP that he would match any donations to the treasury they give. Rigell had already been giving back 15% of his salary, and when he flagged this for Buffett, Buffett agreed to match it. 
- Eric Holder Contempt of Congress
On June 28, 2012, Rigell was one of only two Republicans (along with Steven LaTourette of Ohio) who voted against a motion to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his handling of the ATF gunwalking scandal.
- Committee on Armed Services
- Committee on Homeland Security
- Committee on Science, Space and Technology
- Fix Congress Now Caucus (Co Founder)
- Shipbuilding Caucus
- Job Creators Caucus (Co Founder)
- Contaminated Drywall Caucus (Chairman)
- Prayer Caucus
- Congressional Constitution Caucus
- Navy and Marine Corps Caucus
- Wounded to Work Caucus
- Values Action Team
- Job Creators Caucus
- General Aviation Caucus
- Defense Communities Caucus
- New Media Caucus
- Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
- Chesapeake Bay Caucus
- Congressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
- Aerospace Caucus
|2010 Republican Congressional Primary, 2nd district|
|2010||Scott Rigell||88,007||53.15%||Glenn Nye||70,306||42.46%||Kenny E. Golden||7,158||4.32%|
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- Gioroux, Greg. Wealthy House Candidate Digs Deeper Ahead Of Tuesday’s Primary. Congressional Quarterly. June 4, 2010.
- Pershing, Ben (May 25, 2010). "Rigell's survey says he's the clear frontrunner in GOP race to face Rep. Nye". Washington Post.
- Payne, Kimball (June 6, 2010). "BIO: Scott Rigell". Daily Press.
- "Where I Stand: Family Values". Scott Rigell for Congress. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
- "Scott Rigell Firmly Disagrees with Glenn Nye's Vote to Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Scott Rigell for Congress. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
- Blessing, Kathy. "Scott Rigell". WhoRunsGov.com. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
- "S. 894". GovTrack.us. Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
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- "Lawmaker calls Buffett's bluff". Fox News. April 5, 2012.
- "2010 June Republican Primary Unofficial Results". Virginia State Board of Elections.
- November 2010 Unofficial Results Virginia State Board of Elections
- Congressman Scott Rigell official U.S. House site
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- 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 Washington Post
- Republican Primary Winner: Scott Rigell, Alt Daily, June 4, 2010
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district
January 3, 2011 – present
|United States order of precedence|
|United States Representatives by seniority