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Austin Scott
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U.S. House, Georgia, District 8
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJim Marshall (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,181,940
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Georgia House of Representatives, District 153
2005-2011
Georgia House of Representatives, District 138
2003-2005
Georgia House of Representatives, District 165
1996-2003
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Georgia
Personal
BirthdayDecember 10, 1969
Place of birthAugusta, Georgia
ProfessionBusiness Executive
Net worth$1,821,618
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
James Austin Scott (b. December 10, 1969) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Scott was elected by voters from Georgia's 8th congressional district. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2010. He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[1]

He previously represented District 153 of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011, District 138 of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2003 to 2005 and District 165 of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1996 to 2003.[2]

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

Biography

Scott graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in Risk Management and Insurance.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Scott serves on the following committees:[4]

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight and Nutrition
    • General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
    • Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture, (Chair)
  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Military Personnel
    • Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations
    • Subcommittee on Readiness

2011-2012

Scott served on the following committees:[5]

  • Agriculture Committee
    • Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
    • Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture
  • Armed Services Committee
    • Subcommittee on Military Personnel
    • Subcommittee on Readiness
    • Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Austin Scott endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [6]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Scott voted against 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: Georgia's 8th congressional district elections, 2012

Scott ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Georgia's 8th District. Scott sought re-election on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline was May 25, 2012, and the primary took place on July 31, 2012. Scott ran unopposed in the Republican primary. He also ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.

In 2011 redistricting, The Hill published a list of the Top Ten House Members who were helped by redistricting.[8] Scott ranked 5th on the list, and neighboring incumbent Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. ranked 4th on the list.[8] The article notes that in the redistricting process, controlled by a Republican legislature, many African Americans voters were moved from Scott's district into Bishop's2nd congressional district, giving Scott a safe Republican seat, and inadvertently giving Bishop a Democratic boost as well.[8]

U.S. House, Georgia District 8 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAustin Scott Incumbent 100% 197,789
Total Votes 197,789
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Scott is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Scott raised a total of $2,181,940 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[10]

Austin Scott's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Georgia, District 8) Won $1,146,640
2010 U.S. House (Georgia, District 8) Won $1,035,300
Grand Total Raised $2,181,940

2012

Breakdown of the source of Scott's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Scott won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Scott's campaign committee raised a total of $1,114,640 and spent $761,854.[11]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Scott's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Scott won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Scott's campaign committee raised a total of $1,035,300 and spent $1,024,631.[12]

U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia's 8th Congressional District, 2010 - Austin Scott Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,035,300
Total Spent $1,024,631
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,496,152
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,814,549
Top contributors to Austin Scott's campaign committee
Raines Investments$14,400
Hennessy Automobile$9,600
Select Management Resources$9,600
Med Tech of Georgia$9,420
Every Republican is Crucial PAC$7,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$82,050
Health Professionals$81,233
Retired$43,200
Real Estate$33,650
Candidate Committees$30,711

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 "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 13, 2013.[13]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Scott missed 20 of 1,695 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 1.2%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[14]

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 $753,382 in 2011. He ranks 28th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 30th overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Georgia ranks 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.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Scott's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $805,630 and $2,837,607. That averages to $1,821,618, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.[16]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Scott's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,173,882 and $2,455,863. That averages to $1,814,872.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[17]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Scott ranked 2nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[18]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Scott ranked 98th in the conservative rankings.[19]

Voting with party

2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Austin Scott has voted with the Republican Party 97.8 of the time, which ranked 33 among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[20]

Recent news

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Personal

Austin lives in Tifton, Georgia with his wife, Vivien, and son, Wells.[21]

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Marshall
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia, District 8
2011–Present
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Georgia House of Representatives, District 165
2005-2011
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Georgia House of Representatives, District 138
2003-2005
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Georgia House of Representatives, District 153
1996-2003
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