Paul H. Scott

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Paul H. Scott
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the 51st district
In office
January 1, 2009 – November 18, 2011
Preceded byDave Robertson[1]
Succeeded byJoe Graves
Personal details
Political partyRepublican[1]
RelationsHarold and R. Paula Scott, parents[2]
Alma materGrand Blanc High School
University of Michigan
Harvard University

Paul Scott (born 1982) is an American politician from Grand Blanc, Michigan. A member of the Michigan State House of Representatives, Scott was recalled on November 8, 2011.

Early life[edit]

Scott graduated from Grand Blanc High School in 2000.[3] He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, studied in a master's of public policy program at Harvard University, and received a law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law.

Political life[edit]

Scott ran for the Michigan State House of Representatives in 2008. He first faced off against pilot James B. Swenor and businessman Vince Lorraine in the Republican primary[1] and won with 41 percent of the vote. He then stood against Michael J. Thorp in the general election[2] and defeated him.[4]

After one term as State Representative, Scott ran for the Secretary of State nomination in 2010 but lost the nomination at the Republican State Convention to Ruth Johnson.[5] In 2010, he won reelection to the 51st district of the Michigan House of Representatives, defeating Art Reyes.[6]

Election year Votes Opponent's
2008 29,919 26,587 Michael J. Thorp[4]
2010 22,509 15,275 Art Reyes (D)[6]

Scott was one of roughly 20 Michigan elected officials targeted for recall efforts in 2011, primarily by voters and interest groups opposed to changes in state education funding mechanisms, taxation of some retirement income and opposition to labor unions.[7] Voters and the Michigan Education Association,[3] opposed to Scott's actions as the chair of the House Education Committee, launched a recall effort against him. After recall supporters collected enough signatures to put the recall on the November 2011 election ballot in his district, Scott launched a legal challenge against the recall,[8][9] but the appeal was denied unanimously by the Michigan Supreme Court.[10][11] On November 8, 2011 Scott was recalled.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d Zaher, Julia (May 16, 2008). "Republican candidates outline plans for the 51st District house". Flint Journal The Flint Journal. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b Longley, Kristin (August 6, 2008). "Paul Scott: 'We showed a minority can win in any district'; Scott to face Michael J. Thorp for state House seat in Novemberv". Flint Journal. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  3. ^ a b Thorne, Blake (November 9, 2011). "Paul Scott recalled: The rise and fall of Michigan's Republican wunderkind". Flint Journal. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  4. ^ a b "November 2008 general election results for contested races in Flint Journal coverage area". The Flint Journal. November 5, 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  5. ^ Longley, Kristin (August 28, 2010). "Paul Scott loses secretary of state nomination, says he's focusing on state House campaign". The Flint Journal. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  6. ^ a b Raymer, Marjory (November 3, 2010). "Genesee County election results at a glance". The Flint Journal. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Rep. Paul Scott recall organizer: 'We will defeat him'". The Flint Journal. July 18, 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Scott files appeal in attempt to stave off recall effort". The Flint Journal. August 5, 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Paul Scott recall hangs on court decision". The Flint Journal. October 7, 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Recall vote against Rep. Paul Scott is back on | Detroit Free Press". Retrieved 2011-10-24.
  11. ^ "Recall Targeting Michigan Lawmaker Back on Ballot | WSLS 10". 2011-10-20. Retrieved 2011-10-24.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Bell, Dawson (Nov 8, 2011). "Rep. Paul Scott recalled, concedes defeat". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 18 November 2011.