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{{support vote}} 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.<ref name=ns>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/27117/bobby-scott?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.Ul1e-hCBxVI ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Representative Scott's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013]</ref>
 
{{support vote}} 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.<ref name=ns>[http://votesmart.org/candidate/27117/bobby-scott?categoryId=61&type=V,S,R,E,F,P#.Ul1e-hCBxVI ''Project Vote Smart,'' "Representative Scott's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013]</ref>
  

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Bobby Scott
Bobby Scott.jpg
U.S. House, Virginia, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorThomas J. Bliley, Jr. (R)
Compensation
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
1983-1993
Virginia House of Delegates
1978-1983
Education
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
Personal
BirthdayApril 30, 1947
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$414,531
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
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.

Biography

After earning his bachelor's from Harvard University and 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]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Scott serves on the following committees[3]:

  • 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

2011-12

Scott was a member of the following House committees[4]:

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Scott's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

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."[7][8] 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 1 of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[7][8]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Scott voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Scott voted in opposition of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Scott voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[11] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[12]

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.[13] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[14]. 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

Voted "No" On 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.[15] 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.[16] Scott voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[17]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[18] 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.[19]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[20] The vote largely followed party lines.[21]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Scott has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[22]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "No" 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.[23]

Previous congressional sessions

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 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.[24]

Campaign themes

2012

According to Scott's website, his campaign themes included[25]:

  • 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."

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia's 3rd congressional district elections, 2014

Scott is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Virginia's 3rd District. Scott is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

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.[26][27]

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.[38]

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

2014

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.[39]

Robert C. Scott (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2013$62,943.83$2,166.91$(27,577.30)$37,533.44
July Quarterly[41]June 15, 2013$37,533.44$53,440.31$(24,852.87)$66,120.88
October Quarterly[42]October 15, 2013$66,120.88$19,842.48$(41,857.23)$44,106.13
Year-end[43]January 31, 2014$44,106$32,512$(21,155)$55,463
April Quarterly[44]April 15, 2014$55,463.59$50,829.00$(41,313.59)$64,979.00
Running totals
$158,790.7$(156,755.99)

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 re-election cycle, Scott's campaign committee raised a total of $451,466 and spent $436,493.[45]

Cost per vote

Scott spent $1.68 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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.[46]

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

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 "far-left Democrat," as of July 2, 2013.[47]

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.[48]

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%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[49]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Goodlatte 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.[50]

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, Scott's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$215,935 and $1,044,997. That averages to $414,531, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 98.32% from 2010.[51]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Goodlatte's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-352,944 to $770,995. That averages to $209,025.50 which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[52]

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 89th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[53]

2011

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.[54]

Voting with party

July 2013

Scott voted with the Democratic Party 96.8% of the time, which ranked 4 among the 201 House Democratic members as of July 2013.[55]

Personal

Scott attends Saint Augustine's Episcopal Church in Newport News, Virginia.[56]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. Who Runs Gov "Robert C. Scott," Accessed November 7, 2011
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 7, 2011
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Scott's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Vote Smart, "Scott on agriculture", accessed October 15, 2013
  12. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  13. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
  14. Time.com, "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  19. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Scott's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Scott's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 15, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Scott on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
  24. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  25. Bobby Scott for Congress, "Biography," Accessed September 20, 2012
  26. WTVR "CAMPAIGN 2012: Dean Longo challenges Bobby Scott," May 19, 2012
  27. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Robert Scott," Accessed April 4, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Scott 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Year-end Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  45. Open Secrets "Scott Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  46. Open Secrets "Robert C. Scott 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 7, 2011
  47. Gov Track "Scott" Accessed July 2, 2013
  48. OpenCongress, "Rep. Robert c. Scott," accessed August 8, 2013
  49. GovTrack, "Bobby Scott," Accessed April 11, 2013
  50. LegiStorm, "Robert Scott," Accessed September 13, 2012
  51. OpenSecrets.org, "Scott (D-VA), 2011"
  52. OpenSecrets.org, "Robert C. Scott (D-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  53. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  54. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  56. 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
1993-Present
Succeeded by
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