|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.
Prior to his election to Congress, Rigell and his wife Teri established, and continue to own, two new car dealerships under the name Freedom Automotive, one in Norfolk and the other in Chesapeake/Virginia Beach.
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 the dealerships he owns having sold 138 cars under the Cash for Clunkers program, which Rigell subsequently criticized as "reckless bailouts and an out-of-control federal debt." Rigel noted that buyers, not dealers, received program subsidies for trading up to a more fuel-efficient vehicle. A spokesman said that Rigell felt “an obligation to the people who work for him, and his customers.” 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.
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.
Rigell is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He will face Democrat Suzanne Patrick in the general election.
Rigell said he will focus on economic issues over social issues in the 2014 election. He stated, "I wake up every day not thinking about the social issues. I sought office because I know we can do better on job creation and I’m also concerned about our fiscal trajectory." He added, "I think as part of that we’re strengthening things that are important to women and, of course, to men as well. Early childhood education, making sure that our children are safe and they have great opportunities once they get out of high school or college."
- Social issues
Representative Rigell 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 voted for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Rigell has refused to endorse Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor E.W. Jackson in light of anti-gay comments made by Jackson.
- 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, and has joined a bipartisan coalition urging President Obama and Congress to resist “calls for a ‘quick’ and ‘easy’ military intervention in Iraq.”.
In 2011, Rigell called the President’s use of force in Libya ‘unconstitutional,’ stating that the military action violated the War Powers Resolution of 1973 since Congress was not consulted. Rigell simultaneously introduced an amendment to the Department of Defense FY'12 Appropriations bill to defund U.S. military operations in Libya, but the amendment failed in the House.
In 2013, following an alleged chemical attack by the Assad Regime in Syria, Rigell wrote a letter to the President urging him to consult Congress, as prescribed by the War Powers Resolution, before authorizing the use of any military force overseas. He was joined by 139 Members of the House of Representatives, 21 of whom were Democrats.
Rigell also supported a bipartisan congressional resolution advocating for the United Nations (UN) to create a Syrian War Crimes Tribunal. The bipartisan resolution, introduced by Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey, called for an immediate ceasefire in Syria and directed the President to work with the UN to set up a tribunal to investigate war crimes committed by both the Syrian government and rebel groups in the country.
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
- United States House Committee on the Budget
- Fix Congress Now Caucus - Co-Chairman
- Job Creators Caucus - Co-Chair
- Congressional Contaminated Drywall Caucus (CCDC) (Co-Chair)
- Wounded to Work Caucus (Co-Chair)
- Aerospace Caucus
- Air Force Caucus
- Army Caucus
- Unmanned Systems Caucus (UAV)
- Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus
- Coast Guard Caucus
- Congressional Constitution Caucus
- Congressional Military Family Caucus
- Congressional Sportsman's Caucus
- Defense Communities Caucus
- EOD Caucus
- General Aviation Caucus
- International Religious Freedom Caucus
- Navy and Marine Corps Caucus
- New Media Caucus
- Prayer Caucus
- Shipbuilding Caucus
- USO Caucus
- Values Action Team
- Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
- Congressional Coastal Caucus
- Congressional Common Ground Caucus
- Congressional Defense Energy Security Caucus
- Congressional Diabetes Caucus
- Congressional Shellfish Caucus
- Republican Study Committee
- Problem Solvers Caucus (No Labels)
|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%|
- Blade, Rachel (November 3, 2010). "112th Congress: Scott Rigell, R-Va. (2nd District)". Congressional Quarterly. Retrieved November 7, 2010.
- "Representative Edward Scott Rigell (Scott) (R-Virginia, 2nd) - Biography from LegiStorm" (fee). Legistorm.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04. (subscription required)
- Blake, Aaron (November 18, 2009). "Top seven primaries in Congress". The Hill. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- "McDonnell picking GOP favorite against Nye". Politico.com. December 4, 2009. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- "National Republican training program promotes two Va. candidates". Washington Post. May 6, 2010.
- Giroux, Greg (April 19, 2010). "Virginia: Cantor Backs Rigell". CQ Politics. Archived from the original on 2010-04-24.
- Newton-Small, Jay (September 22, 2010). "Virginia's 2nd Congressional District: Glenn Nye vs. Scott Rigell". TIME. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- Walker, Julian (May 12, 2010). "McDonnell to endorse Rigell in GOP congressional primary". Virginian Pilot.
- Fritze, John (May 12, 2010). "Dealers-turned-candidates run into trouble". USA Today.
- 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.
- Bresnahan, John (12/5/13). "GOP men tutored in running against women". Politico. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
- "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.
- "Scott Rigell On The Issues". On The Issues. Retrieved November 19, 2013.
- Schlanger, Danielle (6/5/13). "Rep. Scott Rigell Refuses To Endorse E.W. Jackson, Citing Bishop's Views On Gays". Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
- "S. 894". GovTrack.us. Civic Impulse, LLC. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
- "H Res 292". National Key Votes. VoteSmart.org. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
- Nichols, John (7/3/14). "Left-Right Coalition of 80 House Members Wants Congress to Check and Balance Iraq Intervention". The Nation. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
- Hooper, Molly (October 4, 2011). "House GOP Freshman Slams Reid, Senate for Inaction on Budget". The Hill. The Hill. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- "Lawmaker calls Buffett's bluff". Fox News. April 5, 2012.
- "Congressional Bills and Votes". The New York Times.
- "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
- Scott Rigell for Congress
- Scott Rigell at DMOZ
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
|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 (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority