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Scott Rigell
Scott Rigell.jpg
U.S. House, Virginia, District 2
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorGlenn Nye (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,908,715
Term limitsN/A
AssociatesBrevard Community College
Bachelor'sMercer University
Master'sRegent University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps Reserve
Years of service1978-1984
Date of birthMay 28, 1960
Place of birthTitusville, FL
Net worth$38,247,537
Office website
Campaign website
E. Scott Rigell (b. May 28, 1960, in Titusville, Florida) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia's 2nd Congressional District. Rigell was first elected to Virginia's 2nd Congressional District in 2010 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. He is currently serving his second consecutive term.[1]

Rigell ran for re-election in Virginia's 2nd Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his congressional career, Rigell was a member of the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board from 1995-1999.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Rigell is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.


After earning his bachelor's from Mercer University, Rigell founded an automotive dealership. He went on to be vice president for another dealership and founded a third. He also served on Virginia's Motor Vehicle Dealer Board.[2]


The following is an abbreviated list of Rigell's political and professional career:[2]

  • 2011-Present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1995-1999: Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Rigell serves on the following committees[3]:


Rigell served on the following House committees[4]:


Campaign themes


Rigell said he will focus on economic issues over social issues in the 2014 election. He said, "I look at it this way — I wake up every day not thinking about the social issues. I sought office because I know we can do better on job creation and I’m also concerned about our fiscal trajectory." He added, "I think as part of that we’re strengthening things that are important to women and, of course, to men as well. Early childhood education, making sure that our children are safe and they have great opportunities once they get out of high school or college."[5]

Key votes

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Rigell'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

Sixty-five House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to call Congress back into session if he decided to use military force in Syria.[8][9]

In the August 2013 letter Rigell wrote that “engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution.”[8]

The letter notes that the lawmakers believe Obama should have asked Congress for permission when he sent cruise missiles and bombs into Libya. “If the use of 221 Tomahawk cruise missiles, 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the signers asked.[8]

“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request,” the letter stated. “We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict.”[8]

Most signers of the letter were Republicans. Ten Democratic members - Beto O'Rourke, Gene Green, Zoe Lofgren, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Rush Holt, William Enyart, Tim Walz, Rick Nolan and Michael Capuano - also signed the letter.[8]


Voted "Yes" Rigell 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

Voted "Yes" Rigell voted in support 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

Voted "No" Rigell voted in opposition 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)

Voted "No" Rigell 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] Rigell voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.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 increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Rigell voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[15]

Government shutdown
See also:United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[18] 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.[19] Rigell voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

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 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.[21] 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. Rigell voted for HR 2775.[22]

Rigell released a statement on October 1, 2013 calling for an end to the shutdown. He said, "In rejecting outright all four offers, and without offering a single counter offer, the Senate demonstrated an absolute unwillingness to negotiate. The result? Gridlock and a government shutdown. The shutdown is hurting my district – including the military and the hard working men and women who have been furloughed due to the defense sequester.

“Republicans fought the good fight. The fight continues but is not advanced by a government shutdown that damages our economy and harms our military.

“The time has come to pass a clean CR to reopen the government.”[23]

Rigell planned to donate his salary for the duration of the shutdown to the Wounded Warrior Project.[24]

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Rigell supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[25] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[26]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Rigell supported 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.[27] The vote largely followed party lines.[28]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Rigell has voted in support of all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[29]

Social issues


Voted "Yes" Rigell supported 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.[30]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Rigell 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 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[31]


On The Issues Vote Match

Rigell's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members 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, Rigell is a Populist-Leaning Conservative. Rigell received a score of 20 percent on personal issues and 72 percent on economic issues.[32]

Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

On The Issues organization logo.



See also: Virginia's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Rigell ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 2nd District. Rigell did not face a primary challenger. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Rigell is a member of the National Republican Congressional Committee's Patriot Program. The program is designed to assist vulnerable Republican incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[33]


See also: Virginia's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Rigell won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Paul Hirschbiel in the November general election.[34][35]

U.S. House, Virginia District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Paul Hirschbiel 46.1% 142,548
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Rigell Incumbent 53.8% 166,231
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 443
Total Votes 309,222
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rigell is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Rigell raised a total of $6,908,715 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[37]

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


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rigell's reports.[38]


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

Rigell won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Rigell's campaign committee raised a total of $2,397,768 and spent $2,550,870.[46]

On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos conducted an analysis of the fundraising figures and found Democratic challenger Paul Hirschbiel outraised Republican incumbent Scott Rigell in the third quarter. Hirschbiel raised $352,000 to Rigell's $311,000.[47]

Cost per vote

Rigell spent $15.35 per vote received in 2012.


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

Rigell won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Rigell's campaign committee raised a total of $4,510,947 and spent $4,352,653.[48]

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 personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

  • The Net Worth Metric
  • The K-Street Metric (coming soon)
  • The Donation Concentration Metric (coming soon)
  • The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (coming soon)

PGI: 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 OpenSecrets.org, Rigell's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $14,104,074 to $62,391,000. That averages to $38,247,537, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Rigell ranked as the 17th most wealthy representative in 2012.[49] Between 2009 and 2012, Rigell‘s net worth increased by 19.5 percent. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[50]

Scott Rigell Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:19%
Average annual growth:6%[51]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[52]
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, Rigell is a "moderate Republican follower," as of July 1, 2013.[53]

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.[54]

Rigell most often votes with:

Rigell least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Rigell missed 10 of 1,702 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.6%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[55]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rigell paid his congressional staff a total of $835,880 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.[56]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Rigell was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Rigell's staff was given an apparent $3,000.00 in bonus money.[57]

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. Rigell ranked 213th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[58]


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. Rigell was 1 of 2 members of congress who ranked 183rd in the conservative rankings.[59]

Voting with party

July 2013

Rigell voted with the Republican Party 91.7% of the time, which ranked 187 among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.[60]


Rigell and his wife, Teri, have four children and two grandchildren.[61]

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See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Who Runs Gov, "Scott Rigell," accessed November 7, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  4. Official House website, "Committees and Caucuses," accessed November 7, 2011
  5. Politico, "GOP men tutored in running against women," accessed December 5, 2013
  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 8.2 8.3 8.4 Politico, "33 lawmakers: Congress must approve Syria action," accessed August 28, 2013
  9. Yahoo, "65 Lawmakers ask Obama to consult on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rigell's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 14, 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 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 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. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. Rigell House website, "Government shutdown," accessed October 1, 2013
  24. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Rigell on agriculture," accessed October 14, 2013
  26. New York Times, "House Republicans push through farm bill, without food stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  27. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  28. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rigell's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 14, 2013
  29. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rigell's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 14, 2013
  30. Project Vote Smart, "Rigell on abortion," accessed October 14, 2013
  31. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  32. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ontheissues
  33. Roll Call, "House GOP adds 9 vulnerable incumbents to Patriot Program," July 21, 2013
  34. Washington Post blog, "Scott Rigell, Paul Hirschbiel trade ‘clean campaign’ challenges," May 21, 2012
  35. Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Scott Rigell," accessed April 4, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Rigell Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "June Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  46. Open Secrets, "Rigell Campaign Contributions," accessed February 24, 2013
  47. Daily Kos, "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?," October 18, 2012
  48. Open Secrets, "2010 Race: Virginia District 02," accessed November 7, 2011
  49. Open Secrets, "Rigell, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  50. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  51. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  52. 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.
  53. GovTrack, "Rigell," accessed July 1, 2013
  54. OpenCongress, "Rep. Scott Rigell," accessed August 8, 2013
  55. GovTrack, "Scott Rigell," accessed April 11, 2013
  56. LegiStorm, "Scott Rigell," accessed September 13, 2012
  57. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  58. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  59. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  60. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  61. Official House website, "Biography," accessed November 7, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Glenn Nye
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 2nd District
Succeeded by