Scott Beason

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Scott Beason
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Alabama State Senate District 17
Incumbent
In office
2006-Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 8
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10/day
Per diem$4,308/month
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Alabama House of Representatives
1998-2006
Education
High schoolGardendale High School (1987)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Alabama (1991)
Personal
BirthdayOctober 13, 1969
Place of birthHartselle, AL
ProfessionBusiness Owner
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Scott Beason campaign logo
CandidateVerification
Scott Beason is a Republican member of the Alabama State Senate, representing the 17th District since 2006. Previously he was a member of the Alabama House of Representatives from 1998 through 2006. Beason received a B.S. in geology from the University of Alabama.

Beason ran for election to the U.S. House in 2012 but was defeated by incumbent Spencer Bachus in the primary election.[1]

Committee assignments

2011-2012

Beason served on these committees in the 2011-2012 legislative session:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Beason's campaign website for Congress listed the following issues:[2]

  • 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."

Aborigine controversy

Beason fell under heavy scrutiny in September 2011 after he made a comment referring to African-Americans as "aborigines."[3] In a press conference he apologized for the remark, saying it was a "careless and unnecessary" statement.[3] 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.[3]

Some Democrats have said the apology is not enough, and called for Beason to resign from the chamber -- or at least give up his chairmanship of the Rules Committee.[4]

"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). [3]

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. [3]

Removed from chairmanship

In November 2011, Beason was removed from his role as chair of the Rules Committee. He was replaced by Jabo Waggoner for the 2012 legislative session.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: Alabama's 6th congressional district elections, 2012

Scott Beason 2012 campaign ad

Beason ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Alabama's 6th District. He was defeated by Spencer Bachus in the Republican primary on March 13, 2012.

U.S. House, Alabama District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSpencer Bachus Incumbent 58.5% 61,485
Scott Beason 27.4% 28,854
David Standridge 11.2% 11,728
Al Mickle 2.6% 2,781
Stan Pate 0.2% 190
Justin Barkley 0.1% 128
Total Votes 105,166

2010

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.[6][7]

Alabama State Senate, District 17 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Beason Incumbent 81.2% 38,777
     Democratic T.E. Hudson 18.8% 8,973
Total Votes 47,750


Alabama State Senate, District 17 Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Beason Incumbent 63% 14,252
Jim Murphree 37% 8,371
Total Votes 22,623


2006

On November 7, 2006, Beason won election to the 17th District Seat in the Alabama State Senate. He was unopposed in the primary and general elections.[8]

Beason raised $312,405 for his campaign.[9]

Alabama State Senate, District 17 General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Beason 98.8% 30,446
Total Votes 30,819

2002

On November 5, 2002, Beason won re-election to the 51st District Seat in the Alabama House of Representatives unopposed.[10]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 51 General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Beason Incumbent 98.9% 12,397
Total Votes 12,534
State legislative candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations

Endorsements

Beason was endorsed by:

  • The Alabama Tea Party Express [11]

Campaign donors

2012

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.[12]

2010

In 2010, Beason raised $268,494 in contributions. [13]

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

2006

In 2006, Beason collected $312,405 in donations.[14]

Alabama State Senate 2006 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Scott Beason's campaign in 2006
Pachyderm-Mobile$86,950
Pachyderm North Alabama$45,000
Alabama Farmers Federation$36,910
Scott Beason$13,000
Scott & Lori Beason$12,000
Total Raised in 2006 $312,405

2002

In 2002, Beason collected $57,510 in donations.[15]

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
Network PAC$2,500
Alabama Association of Realtors$2,000
Blaine Galliner$1,500
Total Raised in 2002 $57,510

1998

In 1998, Beason collected $35,404 in donations.[16]

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District 17

Beason represents Alabama Senate District 17, which includes parts of Blount, Jefferson and St. Clair counties[17].

Personal

Beason has three children and resides with his wife Lori in Gardendale, Alabama.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Alabama House of Representatives
1998–2006
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Preceded by
Jack Biddle, III
Alabama State Senate District 17
2006–present
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