James Austin Scott

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James Austin Scott
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Georgia House of Representatives District 153
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
January 2011
Political party Republican
Profession Agent/Owner, Insurance/Investment Sales, The Southern Group, LLC
James Austin Scott (b. December 10, 1969) is a former Republican member of the Georgia House of Representatives, representing District 153 from 1997 to 2011.

In April 2010, he announced he would seek the Republican nomination in the Eighth Congressional District, which was held by Democrat Jim Marshall.[1]


Scott's professional experience includes working as an Agent and Owner with The Southern Group, Limited Liability Company, Senior Agent with The Principal Financial Group from 1993 to 1998 and an Agent with the Life of the South Agency from 1992 to 1993.

He is a member of the American Red Cross - Coastal Plains Chapter Board, National Association of Insurance Financial Advisers, First Baptist Church of Tifton and the American Legislative Exchange Council.[2]

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See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2008

In 2008 Scott was re-elected to the Georgia House of Representatives District 153. Scott (R) finished with 8,430 votes while his opponent John Tibbetts (D) finished with 7,329 votes.[3] Scott raised $136,147 for his campaign fund.

Georgia House of Representatives District 153
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Austin Scott (R) 8,430
John Tibbetts (D) 7,329

Campaign donors


In 2008, Scott collected $136,147 in campaign contributions.[4] The six largest contributors to his campaign were as follows:

Donor Amount
Georgia Medical Association $4,000
Cancer Treatment Centers of America $2,500
Georgia Association of Realtors $2,500
Raines Bros. Development Co. LLC $2,500
Dan Raines $2,500
Albany Surgical PC $2,500


National walking record

In October 2009 Scott announced he walked 1,068 miles, effectively breaking the record for longest walk by an American politician, held since 1970 by former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles.

Scott ran for Governor in 2010 and stated, "It is difficult to get where you are going without knowing where you are from, and I pledge that as Governor, I will never forget the people I met or the places I saw on my walk."[5]

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Preceded by
Georgia House of Representatives District 153
Succeeded by
Tony McBrayer