Paul Scott

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Paul Scott
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Michigan House of Representatives District 51
Former officeholder
In office
2009-November 8, 2011
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2008
Term limits3 terms
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Master'sHarvard University
J.D.University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Law School
Personal
Place of birthGrand Blanc, MI
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Paul H. Scott (b. March 2, 1982), a native of Grand Blanc, Michigan was a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing district 51 from 2009 until his recall from office on November 8, 2011.
  • Graduated from Grand Blanc High School
  • Bachelor's degree, University of Michigan in economics and political science
  • Master's degree, Harvard University in public policy
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of Michigan Law School

Committee assignments

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Scott served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Scott served on these committees: Representative Scott currently serves on the following legislative committees:

Controversies

Transgender driver licenses

State Representative Paul Scott's 2010 announcement that he was entering the race for secretary of state drew controversy when in the midst of his announcement letter he promised to making ensuring "transgender individuals will not be allowed to change the sex on their driver’s license in any circumstance" a top priority should he be elected to the statewide office. [2] This immediately drew the ire of local LGBT/transgender rights advocates from across the state. [3] [4] [5]

The American Family Association of Michigan (AFAM) was quick to come to Scott's defense, however, noting that the state representative simply did not pick this issue out of thin air. For years the ACLU had pressured Michigan's Secretary of State "to officially certify a “transgender” male who has not had so-called “sex change” surgery as “female.”" [6] It had been a long-standing policy of the office not to allow the change on the license "unless the individual had first undergone gender reassignment surgery." [7] Finally, in 2005, Republican Terri Lynn Land relented and adopted the policy change, only to reverse her decision three weeks later.

Public payrolls and political workers

On August 18, Democrat political consultant Joe DiSano sent a "Request for Investigation" to Michigan House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Twp, asking him to investigate public money going to his campaign workers.

Glenn Clark is chair of Michigan's 9th Congressional district Republicans and the focus of DiSano's request because Clark's name surfaced this summer as an employee on the state payroll of state Rep. Scott. At that point, Scott was a candidate for the GOP nomination to become Michigan's Secretary of State.

DiSano wants the Michigan House to investigate whether or not Scott hired Clark to do political work on his Secretary of State campaign, effectively using taxpayer dollars to subsidize Scott's political ambitions. If DiSano's suspicion regarding Scott is proven, this conduct could be a felony.[8]

Other roles

  • Coach, Burton Bendle High
  • Coach, Goodrich High
  • Coach/Sponsor, Grand Blanc Little League
  • Member, Abundant Life Ministries Church
  • Member, Fenton Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Genesee County Right to Life
  • Member, Grand Blanc Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, National Rifle Association

Elections

2011 recall

See also: Paul Scott recall, Michigan House of Representatives (2011)

An effort to recall Scott from office got underway in July 2011. On August 5, 2011, recall organizers filed 12,200 signatures with the Secretary of State. [9] A total of 9,604 were necessary for the recall to continue. With sufficient signatures validated the the recall was set to appear on the November 8, 2011 ballot.

However, a series of legal challenges and appeals by Scott resulted in an injunction on October 13, effectively halting the election.[10] On October 20, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled the recall should proceed exactly as it was prior to the injunction, putting it back on the November 8 ballot. [11]

Unofficial results show Scott lost by 197 votes.

Recall of Michigan State Representative Paul Scott, 2011
Shall Paul Scott be recalled from the office of Michigan State Representative, District 51? Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngYes 50.5% 12,358
No 49.5% 12,126
Total Votes 24,484

2010

See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2010

Scott won re-election to the District 51 Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Art Reyes (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

On January 18, 2010, he announced his candidacy for the statewide office of secretary of state, the seat being vacated by Terri Lynn Land, who was barred by state term limit laws from running for a third consecutive term in office. [12]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 51 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Scott (R) 22,509
Art Reyes (d) 15,275

2008

On November 04, 2008, Paul Scott ran for District 51 of the Michigan House of Representatives, beating Michael Thorp. [13]

Paul Scott raised $272,553 for his campaign.[14]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 51
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Scott (R) 29,921
Michael Thorp (D) 26,587

Campaign donors

2010

In 2010, Scott received $94,924 in campaign donations. The largest contributors are listed below.[15]

Michigan House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Scott's campaign in 2010
Paul, Scott$10,000
Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association$5,000
Paul, Scott$5,000
Genesee County Republicans$3,500
Michigan Automobile Dealers Association$3,000
Total Raised in 2010 $94,924

2008

In 2008 Paul Scott collected $272,553 in donations. [16]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Michigan House Republican Committee $71,950
Paul Scott $37,100
Michigan Chamber of Commerce $5,000
Cox 5200 Club $5,000
Michigan Farm Bureau $5,000

Campaign contributions

2008

According to Follow the Money, Scott raised $272,553 in 2008 for his state representative campaign. [17]

Listed below are the top five contributors:

Donor Amount
Michigan House Republican Campaign Committee $71,950
Paul Scott $37,100
Michigan Chamber of Commerce $5,000
Cox 5200 Club $5,000
Michigan Farm Bureau $5,000

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Contact information

Michigan

Capitol Address:
S 0985 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514

Phone: (517) 373-1780
Fax: (517) 373-5810
E-mail: PaulScott@house.mi.gov

Campaign Address:
Paul Scott for Secretary of State
P.O. Box 693
Grand Blanc, MI 48480
E-mail: paul@scottforsos.com

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Michigan House of Representatives - District 51
2009–November 8, 2011
Succeeded by
Joseph Graves