Bobby Scott (politician)
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Virginia's 3rd district
Assumed office |
January 3, 1993
|Preceded by||Thomas Bliley|
|Member of the Virginia Senate|
from the 2nd district
January 12, 1983 – January 3, 1993
|Preceded by||Herbert Bateman|
|Succeeded by||Henry Maxwell|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates|
from the 48th district
January 13, 1982 – January 12, 1983
Serving with Ted Morrison, Alan Diamonstein
|Preceded by||Harvey Morgan|
|Succeeded by||Mary A. R. Marshall|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates|
from the 49th district
January 11, 1978 – January 13, 1982
|Preceded by||Lewis McMurran|
|Succeeded by||Vince Callahan|
Robert Cortez Scott|
April 30, 1947
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Harvard University (BA)|
Boston College (JD)
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||
1970–1973 (Massachusetts National Guard)|
1973–1976 (Army Reserve)
Robert Cortez Scott (born April 30, 1947) is the U.S. Representative from Virginia's 3rd congressional district. A Democrat, he represents all of the independent cities of Franklin, Newport News, and Portsmouth, parts of the independent cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, and Suffolk, and all of the county of Isle of Wight. Scott is the longest-serving member of Virginia's Congressional delegation, and lives in Newport News.
- 1 Early life, education and law career
- 2 Virginia legislature
- 3 U.S. House of Representatives
- 4 Possible U.S. Senate appointment
- 5 Electoral history
- 6 Sexual harassment allegation
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Early life, education and law career
Scott was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Newport News, Virginia. He is of African American and Filipino (maternal grandfather) descent. His father Dr. Charles Waldo Scott (1916–93) was a pioneering African American surgeon and his mother Mae Hamlin-Scott (1918-2010), a graduate in chemistry from the University of Michigan, was an educator who taught science in the Newport News public schools.
Scott graduated from the Groton School in 1965. He went on to receive his A.B. in government from Harvard College in (1969), and his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 1973. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Scott was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates as a Democrat in 1977 and he was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 1982, after a census-based reapportionment changed district numbers (thus, his nominal predecessors were in fact representatives from Northern Virginia). While in the Virginia legislature, Scott worked to allow the poor and children greater access to health care, as well as to increase the minimum wage, and increase job training. Scott also authored legislation providing tax credits to business that provide donations to serving local communities in preventing crime or improving social service delivery.
U.S. House of Representatives
In 1992, the Department of Justice directed the Virginia legislature to draw a black-majority district after the 1990 census. The legislature responded by shifting most of the black residents of Hampton Roads and Richmond into a newly created 3rd District. Scott won a three-way Democratic primary with 67% of the vote, which was tantamount to election in this heavily Democratic district. In the general election, he defeated Republican Dan Jenkins 79%-21%.
During this time period, he won re-election every two years with at least 76% of the vote, except in 2004. That year, he was challenged by Republican Winsome Sears, a former State Delegate. He won with 69% of the vote, the lowest winning percentage of his career. In 1994, Scott won 79.44% of the vote, defeating Republican Thomas E. Ward. In 1996, he won 82.12% of the vote, defeating Republican Eisle G. Holland. in 1998, he won 75.97% of the vote, defeating Independent Robert S. Barnett. He ran unopposed in 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2008.
After redistricting, Scott's district was made even more safe. In 2008, President Barack Obama had carried the district with 76% of the vote; he won the new district with 78%. Scott faced Air Force officer Dean Longo. He easily won an 11th term with 81.26% of the vote.
Scott is the first African American Representative from Virginia since Reconstruction. Also, having a maternal grandfather of Filipino ancestry gives Scott the distinction of being the first American of Filipino descent to serve as a voting member of Congress. Scott's congressional district is the only one with a majority black population in Virginia. The district was created in 1992 and has remained the most Democratic district in Virginia.
Scott's annual Labor Day picnic, generally held at his mother's residence in Newport News, is a major campaign stop for statewide and federal candidates in Virginia.
On November 7, 2009, Scott voted for the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962).
Scott has voted progressively in the House of Representatives. He has supported increases in the minimum wage and has worked to eliminate anti-gay bias in the workplace. In 2010, Scott co-sponsored the "Lee-Scott bill" with Barbara Lee to make it easier on individuals who had been on unemployment for 99 weeks without finding work. In regards to the bill, Lee said that "it is important that we put in place a safety net for those still looking for work. We cannot and will not allow our fellow Americans to fall by the wayside. Congressman Scott and I plan to continue to push for passage of this legislation because it is simply the right thing to do."
Scott was an outspoken opponent of the Bush administration. He opposed the Patriot Act explaining that officials may abuse the power by promoting anti-terrorist security and develop unfair "racial profiling". In 2002 Scott voted nay on the Iraq war resolution and did not support any of the Bush Doctrine in reference to the Iraq war.
Scott introduced the Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013 (H.R. 1447; 113th Congress) on April 9, 2013. The bill would require the United States Department of Justice to collect data from U.S. states and territories about the deaths of prisoners in their custody. States and territories would face monetary penalties for noncompliance. The bill would also require federal agencies to report on the deaths of prionsers in their custody.
- Committee on Education and the Workforce (Ranking Member)
- As Ranking Member of the full committee, Rep. Scott has the ability to serve on any subcommittee ex officio.
Rep. Scott hails from a highly educated and socially prominent family. His father, Dr. Charles Waldo Scott, himself the son of a physician, was educated at Howard University (M.Sc.) in Washington, D.C. and then graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Medical School. He went on to serve as the chief surgeon of two Newport News hospitals in the course of which he was mentor to many young doctors. In the segregated South during a time when African Americans labored under the iniquitous system of Jim Crow laws, Dr. Scott was a tireless advocate of racial, social and educational equality and in 1952 became the first African-American appointed to the Newport News school board in the 20th century.
His mother Mae, the daughter of a Filipino American pharmacist and his African American wife, was born in 1920 and during an era of segregated sports was twice national high-school tennis champion at Palmer Memorial Institute. She was educated at Virginia State College and Fisk University graduating in 1940 with a B.A. in chemistry and biology and proceeded to the University of Michigan and Western Reserve University, where she earned an M.S. in public health education. She went on to teach science in Newport News public high schools for 22 years until retiring in 1981.
His siblings include Jon L. Scott, DDS, an orthodontist, the late Charles Waldo Scott, Jr. (1945-2013), and Valerie S. Price (wife of Newport News Mayor Dr. McKinley L. Price, DDS).
- Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
- Congressional Black Caucus
- Congressional Arts Caucus
- Congressional Cement Caucus
Possible U.S. Senate appointment
On July 22, 2016, then-presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton announced that she had chosen Tim Kaine, a U.S. Senator from Virginia, as her running mate. Had the Clinton-Kaine ticket won the general election, Kaine would have resigned his Senate seat, and Democratic Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe would have been able to appoint a replacement to serve until a 2017 special election. In August 2016, former Democratic governor Douglas Wilder stated that he would want McAuliffe to appoint Scott to the seat, stating that it "would be good for the commonwealth, good for the Democratic Party, of which Bobby has been most supportive, and great for our nation." On November 8, however, Clinton and Kaine lost the presidency to Donald Trump and Mike Pence, so Kaine remained in his Senate seat and an appointment was not necessary.
|1986||Bobby Scott||63,364||44%||Herbert H. Bateman||80,713||56%||*|
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1986, write-ins received 9 votes.
|1992||Bobby Scott||132,432||79%||Daniel Jenkins||35,780||21%||Write-ins||261|
|1994||Bobby Scott||108,532||79%||Thomas E. Ward||28,080||21%||Write-ins||8|
|1996||Bobby Scott||118,603||82%||Elsie Goodwyn Holland||25,781||18%||Write-ins||34|
|1998||Bobby Scott||48,129||76%||(no candidate)||Robert S. Barnett||Independent||14,453||23%||*|
|2000||Bobby Scott||137,527||98%||(no candidate)||Write-ins||3,226||2%|
|2002||Bobby Scott||87,521||96%||(no candidate)||Write-ins||3,552||4%|
|2004||Bobby Scott||159,373||69%||Winsome Sears||70,194||31%||Write-ins||325|
|2006||Bobby Scott||133,546||96%||(no candidate)||Write-ins||5,448||4%|
|2008||Bobby Scott||230,911||97%||(no candidate)||Write-ins||7,377||3%|
|2010||Bobby Scott||114,656||70%||Chuck Smith||44,488||27%||James Quigley||Libertarian||2,383||2%||*|
|2012||Bobby Scott||259,199||81.27%||Dean J. Longo||58,931||18.48%||*||Write-ins||806||0.25%|
|2014||Bobby Scott||139,197||94.43%||(no candidate)||Write-ins||8,205||5.57%|
|2016||Bobby Scott||208,337||66.70%||Marty Williams||103,289||33.07%||Write-ins||714||0.23%|
Sexual harassment allegation
On December 15, 2017, Marsheri Everson (also known as M. Reese Everson), a former congressional fellow who had worked in Scott's office, alleged that Scott had sexually harassed her in 2013 by making inappropriate comments and touching her on the knee and back on separate occasions. Scott dismissed Everson's accusation as a "false allegation." Everson provided details of her claim at a news conference in Arlington, in which she appeared with attorney Jack Burkman, best known for his involvement in the conspiracy theories surrounding the murder of Seth Rich.
A December 22, 2017 story in the Richmond Free Press questioned Everson's allegations. "Since 2015, Ms. Everson has told at least three different versions of events... In Facebook posts and in comments to the Free Press and other media outlets, scores of people have expressed certainty that Ms. Everson is more a fabricator than a truth teller." Among the details that suggested conflicting accounts by Everson was that on November 19, 2010, the Inspector General's Office for the city of Chicago placed Everson on the city's "do not hire" list indefinitely (a permanent ban) after she was fired from their office. In response, in 2011, Everson sued, accusing her former supervisor of sexual harassment; she dropped the suit after going to work at the U.S. House of Representatives. In October 2013, Everson was dismissed from her fellowship with the House Financial Services Committee. She had begun work for the committee after leaving Scott's office. Before leaving Scott's office, she had a going away party with members of his staff; after leaving, she contacted Scott to thank him for the opportunity. In neither case did she mention inappropriate conduct by Scott. Further detracting from Everson's account of her interactions with Scott was a December 31, 2017 New York Times story that included Burkman in its discussion of politically motivated sexual harassment claims.
- List of African-American United States Representatives
- List of Asian Americans and Pacific Islands Americans in the United States Congress
- "3rd District of Virginia". Congressman Bobby Scott. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2018-02-09.
- Edmund Silvestre (November 8, 2008). "Fil-Am elected to US Congress". The Philippine Star. Archived from the original on November 10, 2008. Retrieved November 8, 2008.
Jon Sterngass (January 1, 2009). Filipino Americans. Infobase Publishing. p. 107. ISBN 978-1-4381-0711-0.
- "Mae Hamlin Scott, Rep. Scott's mother and Mayor McKinley Price's mother-in-law, dies at age 89". Newport News Daily Press. November 25, 2010.
- "Rep. Robert C. Scott (D-Va.)". Roll Call. Economist Group. 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
Military Service: Mass. National Guard, 1970-74; Army Reserve, 1974-76
"Rep. Scott, Huntington Ingalls President to Deliver Addresses at ODU's 121st Commencement Exercises". News @ ODU. Old Dominion University. November 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
He received an honorable discharge for his service in the Massachusetts National Guard and the United States Army Reserve.
- "CAMPAIGN 2012: Dean Longo challenges Bobby Scott". CBS6. May 19, 2012.
- "Obama kicks off campaign in Richmond". Daily Press. May 5, 2012.
- The Almanac of American Politics, National Journal Group, 2009.
- , Project Vote Smart.
- "Barbara Lee, Bobby Scott Introduce Bill For 99ers". Huffington Post. December 20, 2010.
- "H.R. 1447 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
- Kasperowicz, Pete (December 6, 2013). "House bill would require states to report on prisoner deaths". The Hill. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
- KNEMEYER, Nelda (January 11, 1993). "C. Waldo Scott, Civil Rights Pioneer And Physician, Dies". Newport News Daily Press.
- "Members". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "Membership". Congressional Black Caucus. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
- "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
- Vozzella, Laura (August 9, 2016). "Douglas Wilder wants Rep. Bobby Scott for Kaine's Senate seat". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
- Flegenheimer, Matt; Barbaro, Michael (November 9, 2016). "Donald Trump Is Elected President in Stunning Repudiation of the Establishment". The New York Times. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Archived from the original on December 26, 2007. Retrieved January 10, 2008.
- Election results Archived June 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.. Virginia State Board of Elections
- "Former staffer accuses Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott of sexual harassment, Scott 'absolutely' denies claim". Richmond-Times Dispatch. December 15, 2017.
- Lazarus, Jeremy (December 22, 2017). "Questions, doubt about credibility of Rep. Robert C. Scott's accuser". Richmond Free Press. Richmond, VA.
- "Questions, doubt about credibility of Rep. Robert C. Scott’s accuser".
- Department of Human Resources (February 1, 2011). "City of Chicago Do Not Hire List". documentcloud.org/. Chicago, IL: City of Chicago. p. 6.
- Vogel, Kenneth P. (December 27, 2017). "Partisans, Wielding Money, Begin Seeking to Exploit Harassment". New York Times. New York, NY.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bobby Scott (U.S. politician).|
- Congressman Bobby Scott official U.S. House site
- Bobby Scott for Congress
- Bobby Scott at Curlie (based on DMOZ)
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|Senate of Virginia|
| Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 2nd district
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd congressional district
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