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David Scott
David Scott.jpg
U.S. House, Georgia, District 13
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorN/A
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.19 in 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,871,875
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Georgia House of Representatives
1974-1982
Georgia State Senate
1983-2002
Education
Bachelor'sFlorida A&M University
Master'sUniversity of Pennsylvania
Personal
BirthdayJune 27, 1946
Place of birthAynor, South Carolina
ProfessionAdvertising Executive
Net worth$758,001
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
David A. Scott (b. June 27, 1946, in Aynor, SC) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Scott was elected by voters from Georgia's 13th Congressional District. He was re-elected in November 2012.[1]

Scott previously was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1974 to 1982 and a member of the Georgia State Senate from 1983 to 2002.[2]

He is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Democratic nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014.[3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Scott is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Scott was born in Aynor, SC, and attended elementary school in Scranton, PA, Junior High School in Scarsdale, NY, and High School in Daytona Beach, Florida. He received his B.A. degree with honors from Florida A&M University in 1967. He received his MBA degree with honors from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in 1969.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Scott serves on the following committees:[4][5]

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management (Ranking member)
    • Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development and Credit
  • Financial Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
    • Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises

2011-2012

Scott served on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Scott's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Scott voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png Scott voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Scott voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

NDAA

Yea3.png Scott voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Scott voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Scott joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[14][15]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Scott voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Scott voted for HR 2775.[21]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Nay3.png Scott voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill called for a stop to a 0.5 percent pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[9]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png Scott voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Nay3.png Scott voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Nay3.png Scott voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Nay3.png Scott voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png Scott voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

David Scott's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Scott is a Liberal Populist. Scott received a score of 59 percent on social issues and 22 percent on economic issues.[23]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[24]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Neutral
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Neutral
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Neutral
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[23]

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Scott doubted the necessity of American involvement in Syria, a view he expressed in an interview with Atlanta's NPR Station WABE 90.1 FM on August 30, 2013.[25]

“Where is our national security threatened with what is happening there?" asked Scott. "There are regimes poisoning their people, shooting their people from the Congo of Africa all over the world. Do we go to every place?”[25]

On September 2, 2013, Scott also said, "We need to put a pause button on this. This President does not need to be suckered into a situation where he's out there all alone. Before we commit any resources, any of our sons and daughters on the line, we want to make damn sure we know what we're doing and not make the same mistakes we've made in Iraq."[26]

Elections

2014

See also: Georgia's 13th Congressional District elections, 2014

Scott is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Democratic nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014.[3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Georgia District 13 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Scott Incumbent 82.2% 29,486
Michael Owens 17.8% 6,367
Total Votes 35,853
Source: Georgia Secretary of State

2012

See also: Georgia's 13th Congressional District elections, 2012

Scott ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Georgia's 13th District. He was re-elected on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was May 25, 2012, with the primary on July 31, 2012. Scott was unopposed in the primary and went on to win the general election November 6, 2012.[27]

U.S. House, Georgia District 13 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Scott Incumbent 71.7% 201,988
     Republican S. Malik 28.3% 79,550
Total Votes 281,538
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Scott attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Scott is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Scott raised a total of $6,871,875 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[32]

David Scott (Georgia)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Georgia, District 13) Won $976,668
2010 U.S. House (Georgia, District 13) Won $862,262
2008 U.S. House (Georgia, District 13) Won $1,435,970
2006 U.S. House (Georgia, District 13) Won $1,218,679
2004 U.S. House (Georgia, District 13) Won $1,092,033
2002 U.S. House (Georgia, District 13) Won $1,286,263
Grand Total Raised $6,871,875


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Scott's reports.[33]

David Scott (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$184,079.70$45,005.49$(80,594.73)$148,490.46
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$148,490.46$139,880.30$(99,185.30)$189,185.46
October Quarterly[36]October 13, 2013$189,185.46$71,200.00$(89,056.01)$171,329.45
Year-end[37]January 31, 2014$171,329$162,837$(133,546)$200,621
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$200,621$172,090$(275,039)$97,672
July QuarterlyJuly 15, 2014$62,112.00$109,700.00$(99,120.00)$72,694.00
Running totals
$700,712.79$(776,541.04)

2012

Scott won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Scott's campaign committee raised a total of $976,668 and spent $845,674.[39] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[40]

Cost per vote

Scott spent $4.19 per vote received in 2012.


2010

Scott won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Scott's campaign committee raised a total of $862,262 and spent $811,744 .[41]


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Scott's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $351,003 and $1,164,999 . That averages to $758,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Scott ranked as the 234th most wealthy representative in 2012.[42] Between 2004 and 2012, Scott's calculated net worth[43] increased by an average of 60 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[44]

David Scott Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$130,369
2012$758,001
Growth from 2004 to 2012:481%
Average annual growth:60%[45]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[46]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Scott received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Health Professionals industry.

From 2001-2014, 28.64 percent of Scott's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[47]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
David Scott (Georgia) Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $7,594,570
Total Spent $7,223,183
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$725,028
Insurance$420,849
Securities & Investment$385,200
Commercial Banks$363,351
Real Estate$280,499
% total in top industry9.55%
% total in top two industries15.09%
% total in top five industries28.64%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Scott is a "moderate Democratic follower," as of June 14, 2013.[48]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[49]

Scott most often votes with:

Scott least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Scott missed 149 of 7,661 roll call votes from January 2003 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.9 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[50]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Scott paid his congressional staff a total of $,1057,700 in 2011. He ranked 107th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranked 107th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Georgia ranked 24th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[51]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Scott was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Scott's staff was given an apparent $4,000.00 in bonus money.[52]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2012

Scott ranked 133rd in the liberal rankings in 2012.[53]

2011

Scott ranked 143rd in the liberal rankings in 2011.[54]

Voting with party

2013

David Scott voted with the Democratic Party 95.1 percent of the time, which ranked 85th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[55]

Personal

Scott married to the former Alfredia Aaron and has two daughters, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.[2]

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See also

External links


References

  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Congressman David Scott, "Biography," accessed October 28, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Georgia Election Results," accessed May 20, 2014
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Congressman David Scott, "Committees," accessed October 28, 2011
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 Project Vote Smart, "David Scott Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 On The Issues, "David Scott Vote Match," accessed June 25, 2014
  24. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  25. 25.0 25.1 WABE, "Congressman Scott Questions Use of Force in Syria," accessed September 2, 2013
  26. 11 Alive.com, "Georgia lawmakers explain their positions on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  27. Georgia Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results," accessed 2012
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "David Scott," accessed April 5, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "David Scott 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  39. Open Secrets, "David Scott 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "David Kerry 2008 Election Cycle," accessed October 2011
  42. OpenSecrets, "David Scott (D-GA), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  43. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  44. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  45. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  46. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  47. OpenSecrets.org, "Rep. David Scott," accessed September 23, 2014
  48. GovTrack, "Scott," accessed June 14, 2013
  49. OpenCongress, "Rep. David Scott," accessed August 1, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "David Scott," accessed April 1, 2013
  51. LegiStorm, "David Scott," accessed 2012
  52. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  53. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013
  54. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia, District 13
2003–present
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Georgia State Senate
1983-2002
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Georgia House of Representatives
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