|Alabama State Senate District 17|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Alabama House of Representatives|
|High school||Gardendale High School (1987)|
|Bachelor's||University of Alabama (1991)|
|Date of birth||October 13, 1969|
|Place of birth||Hartselle, AL|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 Scorecards
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
Beason received a B.S. in Geology from the University of Alabama.
Beason served on these committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:
- Finance and Taxation Education Committee
- Governmental Affairs Committee
- Job Creation and Economic Development Committee
- Local Legislation No. 2 Committee
- Rules Committee
Beason's website listed the following campaign issues:
- Champion of Small Government
- Excerpt: "As a state legislator, Scott is well known for his efforts to reduce the size and scope of government. Whether serving as one of leaders in the effort to fight state tax increases within his party or sponsoring bills to stop Obamacare at the Alabama state line, Scott has always displayed the courage of his convictions to do the right thing — even when he had to fight the system to do it."
- Cleaning up the culture of corruption in DC
- Excerpt: "While Scott has received national headlines for his role in cleaning up political corruption in Alabama, his opponent has received national headlines for profiting from deals only available to Washington insiders."
- Immigration Reform
- Excerpt: "Securing our border at a state level has been a focus of Scott’s recent legislative efforts, where he served as the key sponsor of America’s most comprehensive immigration law."
Beason fell under heavy scrutiny in September 2011 after he made a comment referring to African-Americans as "aborigines." In a press conference he apologized for the remark, saying it was a "careless and unnecessary" statement. The comment became public as a result of the investigations into bribery and corruption in the statehouse stemming from a bill related to bingo. Beason wore a wire for the FBI, and he made the comment when discussing legislation with a former legislator.
"That type of language should not be tolerated by any member of the Alabama Legislature. ... If he truly was a leader, the only thing he would have done, and should have done, is resign," said state senator Vivian Figures (D).
Del Marsh, State Senate President Pro Tempore, said Republicans are not condoning Beason's remarks but are not calling for his resignation. "There are many realities that led to leadership’s decision, and I believe this decision is in the best interest of the Senate body as a whole," said Del Marsh (R), Senate Pro Tem.
Removed from chairmanship
|U.S. House, Alabama District 6 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Source: Alabama Secretary of State|
Scott Beason 2012 campaign ad
- See also: Alabama State Senate elections, 2010
Beason ran for re-election to the 17th District seat in 2010. He defeated Jim Murphree in the primary election, receiving 14,252 votes to Murphree's 8,371. He defeated T.E. Hudson in the November 2 general election.
|Alabama State Senate, District 17 General Election, 2010|
|Republican||Scott Beason Incumbent||81.2%||38,777|
|Alabama State Senate, District 17 Republican Primary, 2010|
|Scott Beason Incumbent||63%||14,252|
Beason raised $312,405 for his campaign.
|Alabama State Senate, District 17 General Election, 2006|
|Alabama House of Representatives, District 51 General Election, 2002|
|Republican||Scott Beason Incumbent||98.9%||12,397|
|Scott Beason (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 14, 2014||$2,100||$19,405||$(4,262)||$17,243|
|Pre-Primary||May 23, 2014||$17,243||$11,840||$(13,791)||$15,291|
Campaign finance reports showing activity though late February shows Beason raised $54,300 since declaring his candidacy in January. During that time he spent $36,900, leaving him with $17,434 cash on hand.
In 2010, Beason raised $268,494 in contributions.
|Alabama State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Scott Beason's campaign in 2010|
|Waggoner for Senate Cmte||$25,000|
|Business Council of Alabama||$20,000|
|Alabama Retail Association||$20,000|
|Medical Association of the State of Alabama||$15,000|
|Alabama Power Co.||$15,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$268,494|
In 2006, Beason collected $312,405 in donations.
|Alabama State Senate 2006 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Scott Beason's campaign in 2006|
|Pachyderm North Alabama||$45,000|
|Alabama Farmers Federation||$36,910|
|Scott & Lori Beason||$12,000|
|Total Raised in 2006||$312,405|
In 2002, Beason collected $57,510 in donations.
|Alabama House of Representatives 2002 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Scott Beason's campaign in 2002|
|Business Council of Alabama||$5,000|
|Medical Association of the State of Alabama||$3,000|
|Alabama Association of Realtors||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2002||$57,510|
In 1998, Beason collected $35,404 in donations.
|Alabama House of Representatives 1998 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Scott Beason's campaign in 1998|
|J. Rudolph Davidson Children's PAC||$2,500|
|Alabama Education Association||$2,500|
|Drummond Co Inc||$1,500|
|Good Government PAC||$1,500|
|Total Raised in 1998||$35,404|
In 2010, Beason's endorsements included the following:
- The Alabama Tea Party Express
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Beason and his wife, Lori, have three children. They reside in Gardendale, Alabama.
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- United States House of Representatives
- Alabama's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014
- Alabama's 6th Congressional District
- Alabama State Senate
- Senate Committees
- Alabama State Legislature
- Alabama state legislative districts
- Official campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Project Vote Smart biography of Senator Scott Beason (AL)
- Campaign Contributions: 2012, 2010, 2006 2002, 1998
- Scott Beason on Facebook (Official page)
- Scott Beason on Facebook (Personal page)
- Scott Beason on Twitter
- Scott Beason on Flickr
- Abc3340, "List of qualifying candidates for major and local Alabama offices," February 7, 2014
- Politico, "2014 Alabama House Primaries Results," June 3, 2014
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed February 11, 2014
- The Birmingham News, "Alabama state Sen. Scott Beason apologizes for calling black people 'aborigines'" September 28, 2011
- Opelika-Auburn News, "Beason should step down over racist comments," September 29, 2011
- Gadsen Times, "Beason out as Senate Rules Committee chairman," November 15, 2011
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Official 2010 Republican primary results," accessed January 1, 2015
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed July 18, 2014
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Official 2006 election results," accessed April 15, 2014
- Follow The Money, "Funds raised by 2006 Alabama Senate candidates," accessed April 15, 2014
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Official 2002 election results," accessed April 15, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Scott Beason April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Scott Beason Pre-Primary," accessed June 2, 2014
- The Birmingham News, "Alabama Campaign 2012: Bachus challengers file first campaign finance reports," March 2, 2012
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2006 contributions to Scott Beason," accessed October 1, 2010
- Follow the Money, "2002 Contributions to Scott Beason," accessed February 24, 2012
- Follow the Money, "1998 Contributions to Scott Beason," accessed March 10, 2012
- The Alabama Tea Party Express, "Endorsements," November 2, 2010
|Alabama House of Representatives
| Succeeded by|
Jack Biddle, III
|Alabama State Senate District 17
| Succeeded by|
Shay Shelnutt (R)