Jack Scott (California politician)
|Member of the California Senate
from the 21st district
|Preceded by||Adam Schiff|
|Succeeded by||Carol Liu|
|9th President of Pasadena City College|
|Preceded by||John W. Casey|
|Succeeded by||James Kossler|
|Born||August 24, 1933|
|Alma mater||Abilene Christian University, Yale Divinity School, Claremont Graduate University|
|Religion||Churches of Christ|
Jack Alan Scott (born August 24, 1933) is an American educator and former Democratic politician. Currently, a scholar in residence at Claremont University, Scott earlier served as president at two California community colleges, member of the California State Assembly and California State Senate and Chancellor of the California Community Colleges System.
Scott was born in Sweetwater, Texas. He received a Bachelor's degree from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. degree in American history from Claremont Graduate University. Scott joined the faculty at Pepperdine University, after moving to California in 1962. 
In 1973 Scott became Dean of Instruction at Orange Coast College. Five years later he became president of Cypress College, serving from 1978 to 1987. Scott became president of Pasadena City College in 1987 and served there until 1995. He is the first President Emeritus of that school.
On May 8, 2008, Scott was selected to be the 14th Chancellor of the California Community Colleges System, the largest system of higher education in the world. Serving over two million students on 112 college campuses, the statewide system is divided into 72 community college districts, overseen by locally elected Boards of Trustees.  Retiring from that position in late summer 2012, Scott became a scholar in residence at Claremont University on September 17, 2012. 
In 2000 he ran for the California State Senate seat vacated by Democrat Adam Schiff. He faced off against fellow assemblyman Scott Wildman from neighboring Glendale in the Democratic primary. Considered more of a gadfly and complainer, Wildman was not supposed to be much of a match for the savvier Scott. He nevertheless made the race close, scoring 46.7% of the vote to Scott's 53.3%. Scott then had little trouble winning the general election and didn't even have a major party opponent in 2004.
While serving in the state Senate, Scott chaired the Senate Committee on Education and also chaired the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education. He introduced legislation that would ban Mylar balloons in response to the Burbank Water & Power complaining about hundreds of power outages caused by these kinds of balloons. This had led to protests, led by KFI hosts John and Ken. The Senate eventually passed an amended version of the bill that would raise the penalty for selling a balloon without a proper weight attached and require the balloon to have a warning about the risks of the balloon coming in contact with power lines.
California State Term Limits prevented Scott from seeking reelection in 2008.
|1996||California State Assembly
|Jack Scott||72,591||53%||Bill Hoge||60,124||43.9%|
|1998||California State Assembly
|Jack Scott||65,652||56.5%||Ken La Corte||46,652||40.1%|
|2000||California State Senate
|Jack Scott 53.3%
Scott Wildman 46.7%
|2004||California State Senate
|Jack Scott||217,515||78.1%||Bob New||61,160||21.9%|
|California State Assembly, 44th District
|California State Senate, 25th District
Scott and his wife, Lacreta, have five children, eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Scott is very active in gun control. He began his gun control efforts after his son Adam, an attorney who had recently graduated from USC Law School, was fatally shot at a party with friends. One of his friends had a shotgun, which he did not know was loaded. His friend discharged the shotgun, hitting Adam and killing him. 
- "About Jack Scott - Biography". digital.library.ucla.edu. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
- "Jack Scott to Join Claremont University as Scholar in Residence". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
- California Journal Vol. XXVII, No.12 (December 1996) "Disctrict by disctric analysis". StateNet Publications, December 1996.
- California Journal Vol. XXIX, No.12 (December 1998) "Voices of the Voters". StateNet Publications, December 1998.
- "Slayings Put Educator on Crusade for Gun Control". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-12-13.