Scott Rigell

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Scott Rigell
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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
Cost per vote$15.35 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,908,715
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sBrevard 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$29,494,036
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 fourth 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]

Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 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 plans to use military force in Syria.[8][9]

Rigell wrote in the letter in August 2013 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 missles, 704 Joint Direct Attack Munitions, and 42 Predator Hellfire missiles expended in Libya does not constitute ‘hostilities,’ what does?” the signers ask.[8]

“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your request,” the letter reads. “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 are Republicans. Teen 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 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.[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]


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.[12] 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.[13] Rigell voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16]

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.”[17]

Rigell planned to donate his salary for the duration of the shutdown to the Wounded Warrior Project.[18]

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.[19] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[20]


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.[21] The vote largely followed party lines.[22]


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.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25]



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 sought the Republican nomination in the primary. 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.[26]


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.[27][28]

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.[30]

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.[31]


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.[39]

On October 15, 2012, quarterly reports were submitted by campaigns to the Federal Election Commission. The political blog Daily Kos did 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.[40]

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.[41]


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.[42]

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.[43]

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.[44]

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.[45]

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.[46]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Rigell's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $6,745,074 and $52,242,998. That averages to $29,494,036, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 34.25% from 2010.[47]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Rigell's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $7,819,054 to $36,119,998. That averages to $21,969,526, which is higer than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[48]

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.[49]


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.[50]

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.[51]


Rigell and his wife, Teri, have four children and two grandchildren.[52]

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External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Who Runs Gov "Scott Rigell," Accessed November 7, 2011
  3., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  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 the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Rigell House website, "Government shutdown", accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  19. Vote Smart, "Rigell on agriculture", accessed October 14, 2013
  20. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  21. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rigell's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 14, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Rigell's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 14, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Rigell on abortion," accessed October 14, 2013
  25. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  26. Roll Call, "House GOP Adds 9 Vulnerable Incumbents to Patriot Program," July 21, 2013
  27. Washington Post blog "Scott Rigell, Paul Hirschbiel trade ‘clean campaign’ challenges," May 21, 2012
  28. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Scott Rigell," Accessed April 4, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Rigell Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "June Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 17, 2014
  37. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  39. Open Secrets "Rigell Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  40. Daily Kos "Third quarter House fundraising: who's got the cash?" October 18, 2012
  41. Open Secrets "2010 Race: Virginia District 02," Accessed November 7, 2011
  42. Gov Track "Rigell" Accessed July 1, 2013
  43. OpenCongress, "Rep. Scott Rigell," accessed August 8, 2013
  44. GovTrack, "Scott Rigell," Accessed April 11, 2013
  45. LegiStorm, "Scott Rigell," Accessed September 13, 2012
  46. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  47., "Rigell (R-VA), 2011"
  48., "Scott Rigell (R-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  49. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  52. Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 7, 2011
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Preceded by
Glenn Nye
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 2nd District
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