Jim Scott (Virginia)

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James M. Scott
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 53rd district
In office
January 8, 1992 – January 8, 2014
Preceded by William J. Howell
Succeeded by Marcus B. Simon
Member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from the Providence district
In office
January 1972 – July 1986
Succeeded by Katherine Hanley
Personal details
Born James Martin Scott
( 1938 -06-11) June 11, 1938 (age 78)
Galax, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nancy Virginia Cromwell
Children Casey, Mary Alice
Residence Fairfax County, Virginia
Alma mater University of North Carolina
George Mason University
Occupation Community affairs consultant
Religion United Church of Christ

James Martin "Jim" Scott (born June 11, 1938) is an American politician and community affairs consultant. A Democrat, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November 1991, and served eleven terms, declining to seek re-election in 2013. He represented the city of Falls Church and part of Fairfax County, including Merrifield; since at least 2002, the district was numbered the 53rd.[1]

Early and family life[edit]

Born in Galax, Virginia in 1938, Scott graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, receiving a B.A. in 1960; and M.A. in 1965. Upon moving to northern Virginia to work for the Inova Health System, Scott attended graduate classes at George Mason University, and received a Master's degree in public affairs in 1982. His charitable work included through his United Church of Christ church, the Fairfax Partnership for Youth (board of directors), AHOME (Affordable Housing Opportunities Means Everyone), and the Fairfax Fair.[2]


Scott worked as community affairs consultant for Inova Fairfax Hospital. He served, part-time, on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors 1972–86. Other public service positions he held were on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Northern Virginia Planning District Commission, Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (former chairman), Virginia Association of Counties (former President), and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

In 2013 Scott announced that he would not run for reelection to the House of Delegates.[3] He endorsed Marcus Simon, his former aide turned real estate lawyer, who was elected his successor.[4]


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