Bobby Scott

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Bobby Scott
Bobby Scott.jpg
U.S. House, Virginia, District 3
In office
January 3, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PredecessorThomas J. Bliley, Jr. (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$1.68 in 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,908,715
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia Senate
Virginia House of Delegates
High schoolGroton High School
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Boston College School of Law
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1970-1974
BirthdayApril 30, 1947
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
Net worth$-129,973
Office website
Campaign website
Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (b. April 30, 1947, in Washington, D.C.) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia's 3rd Congressional District. Scott was first elected to Virginia's 3rd Congressional District in 1992 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. He is currently serving his eleventh consecutive term.[1]

Scott is running for re-election in Virginia's 3rd Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his congressional career, Scott was a member of the Virginia Senate as well as the Virginia House of Delegates.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Scott is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.


After earning his bachelor's from Harvard University and his J.D. from Boston College School of Law, Scott went into private practice. Five years later, he began his political career as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.[2]


The following is an abbreviated list of Scott's political and professional career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Scott serves on the following committees[4]:

  • Committee on Education and the Workforce
    • Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
    • Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions
  • Committee on the Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice
    • Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations - Ranking Member


Scott served on the following House committees[5]:

Key votes

113th Congress


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.[6] For more information pertaining to Scott's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[8][9] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Scott was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[8][9]


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.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Scott voted in opposition of 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.[10]

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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png Scott voted in opposition of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]


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.[12] 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.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Scott voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.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.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1% 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 2 other Democrats and 64 Republicans who voted against the bill.[15][16]

King Amendment

Scott signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[18] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[19]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.pngOn 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.[20] 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.[21] Scott voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

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.[23] 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.[24]


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.[25] The vote largely followed party lines.[26]


Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Scott has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[27]

Social issues


Nay3.png Scott voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[28]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png 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 1 of 16 Democrats that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[29]


On The Issues Vote Match

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 Hard-Core Liberal. Scott received a score of 80 percent on social issues and 0 percent on economic issues.[30]

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[31]
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 Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Strongly Favors
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[30]

Campaign themes


According to Scott's website, his campaign themes included:[32]

  • Military: ."..strong supporter of the military and believes that it is vital that we provide the funding to support our troops in their global missions."
  • Children: ."..has been a strong advocate of measures focused on the needs of children....bring together families, schools and law enforcement to combat the Nation's soaring teen arrest rate."



See also: Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Scott is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 3rd District. Scott did not face a primary challenger. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Virginia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Scott won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and defeated Republican Dean Longo in the November general election.[33][34]

U.S. House, Virginia District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert C. Scott Incumbent 81.3% 259,199
     Republican Dean Longo 18.5% 58,931
     Write-In N/A 0.3% 806
Total Votes 318,936
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "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 $6,908,715 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[45]

Bobby Scott's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Virginia, District 3) Won $2,397,768
2010 US House (Virginia, District 3) Won $4,510,947
Grand Total Raised $6,908,715


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.[46]

Robert C. Scott (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2013$62,943.83$2,166.91$(27,577.30)$37,533.44
July Quarterly[48]June 15, 2013$37,533.44$53,440.31$(24,852.87)$66,120.88
October Quarterly[49]October 15, 2013$66,120.88$19,842.48$(41,857.23)$44,106.13
Year-end[50]January 31, 2014$44,106$32,512$(21,155)$55,463
April Quarterly[51]April 15, 2014$55,463.59$50,829.00$(41,313.59)$64,979.00
Running totals


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 re-election cycle, Scott's campaign committee raised a total of $451,466 and spent $436,493.[52]

Cost per vote

Scott spent $1.68 per vote received in 2012.


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

Scott won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Scott's campaign committee raised a total of $444,548 and spent $452,060.[53]

U.S. House, Virginia District 3, 2010 - Bobby Scott Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $444,548
Total Spent $452,060
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $91,136
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $81,742
Top contributors to Bobby Scott's campaign committee
Dominion Resources$12,501
Northrop Grumman$11,000
American Federation of Teachers$10,000
National Beer Wholesalers Assn$10,000
National Education Assn$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Public Sector Unions$40,000
Lawyers/Law Firms$29,000
Retail Sales$19,000
Building Trade Unions$17,000
Beer, Wine & Liquor$15,500

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, Scott's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-260,945 to $999. That averages to $-129,973, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Scott ranked as the 434th most wealthy representative in 2012.[54] Between 2004 and 2012, Scott‘s calculated net worth[55] decreased by an average of 15 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[56]

Robert Scott Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-121%
Average annual growth:-15%[57]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[58]
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.


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Scott is a "far-left Democrat," as of July 2, 2013.[59]

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.[60]

Scott most often votes with:

Scott least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Scott missed 233 of 13,527 roll call votes from January 1993 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.7 percent, which is better than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[61]

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 $1,038,272 in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranks 29th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[62]

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. Scott ranked 89th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[63]


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. Scott ranked 84th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[64]

Voting with party

July 2013

Scott voted with the Democratic Party 96.8 percent of the time, which ranked 4 among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[65]


Scott attends Saint Augustine's Episcopal Church in Newport News, Virginia.[66]

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See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. Who Runs Gov, "Robert C. Scott," accessed November 7, 2011
  3. Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Robert Scott," accessed December 30, 2013
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. Official House website, "Committee Assignments," accessed November 7, 2011
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Scott's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013
  19., "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  24. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Scott's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Scott's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 15, 2013
  28. Project Vote Smart, "Scott on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
  29. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  30. 30.0 30.1 On The Issues, "Scott Vote Match," accessed June 27, 2014
  31. 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.
  32. Bobby Scott for Congress, "Biography," accessed September 20, 2012
  33. WTVR, "CAMPAIGN 2012: Dean Longo challenges Bobby Scott," May 19, 2012
  34. Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  41. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  42. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  43. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  44. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  45. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Robert Scott," accessed April 4, 2013
  46. Federal Election Commission, "Scott 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  47. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  48. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  49. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  50. Federal Election Commission, "Year-end Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  51. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  52. Open Secrets, "Scott Campaign Contributions," accessed February 24, 2013
  53. Open Secrets, "Robert C. Scott 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 7, 2011
  54. OpenSecrets, "Scott, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  55. 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).
  56. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  57. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  58. 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.
  59. GovTrack, "Scott," accessed July 2, 2013
  60. OpenCongress, "Rep. Robert C. Scott," accessed August 8, 2013
  61. GovTrack, "Bobby Scott," accessed April 11, 2013
  62. LegiStorm, "Robert Scott," accessed September 13, 2012
  63. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  64. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  65. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  66. Campaign website, "About Bobby Scott," accessed October 15, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas J. Bliley Jr.
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 3rd District
Succeeded by