Austin Scott (politician)

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Austin Scott
Austin Scott official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 8th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded byJim Marshall
Member of the
Georgia House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byHenry Bostick
Succeeded byTony McBrayer
Constituency165th district (1996–2003)
138th district (2003–05)
153rd district (2005–11)
Personal details
Born (1969-12-10) December 10, 1969 (age 50)
Augusta, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Vivien Scott
EducationUniversity of Georgia (BA)

James Austin Scott (born December 10, 1969) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 8th congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. Scott served in the Georgia House of Representatives before being elected to the House of Representatives.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Scott's father, Jim, is an orthopedic surgeon and his mother, Becky, is a teacher in the public school system. Scott graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in risk management and insurance. He passed the Series 7 Exam.[1]

Scott is president of the Southern Group, LLC and a partner in Lockett Station Group, LLC.[2]

Georgia Legislature[edit]

Scott was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives at the age of 26. He was the chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee. He also served on the Appropriations, Rules, and Ways and Means Committee, where he was the chairman of the Public Policy Subcommittee. The District he represented consists of Tift and Turner counties.

In 2001, Scott was the first Republican in the Georgia House to work with Democrats to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state's flag.[3]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



Austin Scott meets with members of the Carrollton, GA fire department on July 20, 2009 during the Walk of Georgia.

Scott, along with millions funded by National PAC's, challenged Democratic incumbent Jim Marshall in Georgia's eighth congressional district. He defeated Marshall in the general election on November 2, 2010, with 53% of the vote to Marshall's 47%.[4]

Scott originally planned to campaign for Governor of Georgia, announcing his campaign in January 2009. He made headlines for walking more than 1,000 miles around the state in his "Walk of Georgia",[5] introducing a bill to abolish tolls on Georgia 400, and leading the charge in pressuring Georgia State Attorney General Thurbert Baker to file a lawsuit against the federal government over the controversial health care reform bill passed in March 2010.[6][7][8][9] In April 2010, Scott withdrew from the race for Governor to instead run for U.S. Congress.

In 2010, Scott signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity promising to vote against any global warming legislation that would raise taxes.[10]


Scott's freshman portrait

Redistricting after the 2010 census made the 8th somewhat more secure for Scott. Notably, most of Macon and surrounding Bibb County (except for a sliver in the north) were drawn into the neighboring 2nd district. Macon had been the heart of the 8th and its predecessors for more than a century. To make up for the loss of population, the General Assembly pushed the 8th all the way to the Florida border, adding Thomasville and most of Valdosta from the old 2nd. The old 8th already had a significant Republican lean, with a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+10. However, the new 8th had a CPVI of R+15, making it the 11th most Republican district in the Eastern Time Zone and one of the most Republican districts in the country.

Scott was unopposed in both the primary and general elections.[11]


Scott was unopposed for a third term.


In 2016, Scott faced a Democratic opponent for the first time since his initial run for the seat when private investigator James Neal Harris declared for the race. Scott turned back this challenge fairly easily, taking 67.6% of the vote and carrying every county in the district.[12]


Scott was unopposed for a fifth term.


Scott was selected by his colleagues as freshman class president for the 112th Congress. [13]

Scott's district is home to two United States Air Force bases: Moody Air Force Base and Robins Air Force Base. As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, Scott supports pro-military and defense spending policies.[14] Scott is also a proponent of the United States Navy hospital ships.[15]

On June 15, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law the Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act, a bill authored by Scott and supported in the United States Senate by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson to require the Department of the Interior to provide outer burial receptacles for veterans' remains buried in a national cemetery administered by the National Park Service.[16]

As a senior member of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, Scott has sponsored and supported numerous sportsmen's and conservation bills. In the 115th Congress, Scott introduced legislation to modernize the Pittman–Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act to allow state fish and wildlife agencies to use Pittman-Robertson funds for public relations and for the construction, operation, and maintenance of public ranges,[17] which passed the House of Representatives during the 115th Congress.

Current committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships

Political positions[edit]

Scott is in favor of capital punishment.[21] He opposes gun control.[21]

Scott is in favor of a Balanced budget amendment.[21] He voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[22]

Scott is opposed to abortion and believes that human life begins at conception.[21]

He has a "D" rating from marijuana legalization advocacy organization the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) for his voting history regarding cannabis-related issues.[23]

Scott opposes same-sex marriage and is in favor of a Federal Marriage Amendment.[21] He voted against the 2013 renewal of the Violence Against Women Act.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Austin and his wife, Vivien, reside in Tifton, GA with their three children Wells, Gabriela and John Philip. The Scotts are members of First Baptist Church of Tifton. [24][25][26]


  1. ^ "Austin Scott – Biography".
  2. ^ "Representative Austin Scott". Archived from the original on 2009-03-22. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  3. ^ "Rebel flag remains a hot topic in Congress".
  4. ^ "2010 Election results". Politico. 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2011-08-09.
  5. ^ ""Walk of Georgia"". Archived from the original on 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  6. ^ "Scott plans 1,000-mile 'Walk Around Georgia'". Tifton Gazette. 2009-06-24. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  7. ^ "Austin Scott Completes Walk of Georgia". SWGA Politics. 2009-08-29. Archived from the original on 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  8. ^ Badertscher, Nancy (2010-03-23). "Abolish Ga. 400 toll, candidate's bill proposes". Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  9. ^ Tharpe, Jim (2010-03-26). "Republican lawmaker wants state to 'direct' Baker to sue over health care". Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  10. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-15. Retrieved 2014-10-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "GA – Election Results". Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  12. ^ "Our Campaigns - GA District 08 Race - Nov 08, 2016". Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  13. ^ "Austin Scott (R-Ga.)". Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  14. ^ "Defense & National Security". Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  15. ^ "Lawmakers criticize Navy's plan to retire one of two hospital ships". Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  16. ^ "Actions Overview H.R.4910 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)". Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  17. ^ "Changes to Pittman-Robertson Funds Are Designed to Save the Next Endangered Species: Hunters". Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  18. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  19. ^ "Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus Leadership: 115th Congress".
  20. ^ "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Archived from the original on 1 August 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  21. ^ a b c d e f "Austin Scott on the Issues". On The Issues. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  22. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (19 December 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  23. ^ "Georgia Scorecard". NORML. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  24. ^ "Representative Austin Scott". Archived from the original on 2009-03-22. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
  25. ^ "Representative Austin Scott Biography".
  26. ^ Staff (5 January 2011). "Ten Southern Baptists sworn in as new reps". Baptist Press. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Marshall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 8th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
David Schweikert
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Terri Sewell