Robert Cortez “Bobby” Scott, U.S. Representative   Leave a comment

Robert Cortez “Bobby” Scott (born April 30, 1947) is the U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 3rd congressional district, serving since 1993. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

The district takes in most of Richmond, all of Portsmouth, along with parts of Norfolk, Hampton and Scott’s home in Newport News.

Early life, education and career

Scott was born in Washington, D.C. but grew up in Newport News, Virginia. He is of African American and Filipino American (maternal grandfather) descent.[1]

Scott graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in government and Boston College Law School with his Juris Doctor. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Scott is a former member of the National Guard and Army Reserve.

Scott was a lawyer at a private practice from 1973 to 1991.

  Virginia Legislature

Scott was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates as a Democrat in 1977 and he was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 1982. While in the Virginia legislature, he worked for greater access to health care for the poor and children, an increased minimum wage, and greater job training. Scott also authored legislation that provides tax credits to business that provide donations to serving local communities in preventing crime or increasing social service delivery.

  U.S. House of Representatives

  Third Congressional District

Scott’s congressional district is the only one with a majority black population in Virginia. The district was created in 1992; Scott was the first representative elected to it, in November 1992, and, so far, the only one. The third congressional district has remained the most Democratic district in Virginia; Scott has been elected ten times, beginning in 1992.[2]

The 3rd congressional district may be significantly changed because of the redrawing of districts after the 2010 census; the newly drawn congressional districts will take effect as of the November 2012 election.

[edit] Committee assignments


  Political positions

On November 7, 2009, Scott voted for the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962).

Scott has voted progressively in the House of Representatives on civil rights and socioeconomic issues such as voting to increase the minimum wage and to help eliminate anti-gay bias in the workplace.[3]

Scott has been an outspoken opponent of the Bush agenda during his 8 years in office. He opposed the Patriot Act explaining that officials may abuse the power by promoting anti-terrorist security and develop unfair “racial profiling”. In 2002 Scott voted nay on the Iraq war resolution and did not support any of the Bush Doctrine in reference to the Iraq war.[2]

  Political campaigns

Earlier official photo of Scott

Scott is the first African American Representative from Virginia since Reconstruction. Also, having a maternal grandfather of Filipino ancestry gives Scott the distinction of being the first American of Filipino descent to serve as a voting member of Congress.

Scott’s annual Labor Day picnic, generally held at his mother’s residence in Newport News, is a major campaign stop for statewide and federal candidates in Virginia.


Scott first ran for Congress in 1986 from the 1st district, which included his home in Newport News; he lost to Republican incumbent and fellow Newport News resident Herb Bateman.

  1992 through 2008

In 1992, the Department of Justice directed the Virginia legislature to draw a black-majority district after the 1990 census. The legislature responded by shifting most of the black residents of Hampton Roads and Richmond into a newly created 3rd District. Scott won a three-way Democratic primary with 67 percent of the vote, which was tantamount to election in this heavily Democratic district. He has been re-elected nine times. He ran unopposed in 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2008. He has faced substantive opposition once, when former state delegate Winsome Sears challenged him in 2004. Scott still won 69 percent of the vote — the first time he won with less than 70 percent of the vote.


Scott was challenged by Republican Chuck Smith of Virginia Beach, a former JAG. Scott won his 10th term with about 70 percent of the vote; Smith received 27%.

  Electoral history

Virginia’s 1st congressional district: 1986 results[4]
Year   Democrat Votes Pct   Republican Votes Pct  
1986   Bobby Scott 63,364 44%   Herbert H. Bateman 80,713 56% *
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1986, write-ins received 9 votes.
Virginia’s 3rd congressional district: Results 1992–2010[4][5]
Year   Democrat Votes Pct   Republican Votes Pct   3rd Party Party Votes Pct  
1992   Bobby Scott 132,432 79%   Daniel Jenkins 35,780 21% *          
1994   Bobby Scott 108,532 79%   Thomas E. Ward 28,080 21% *          
1996   Bobby Scott 118,603 82%   Elsie Goodwyn Holland 25,781 18% *          
1998   Bobby Scott 48,129 76%   (no candidate)       Robert S. Barnett Independent 14,453 23% *
2000   Bobby Scott 137,527 98%   (no candidate)       Write-ins   3,226 2%  
2002   Bobby Scott 87,521 96%   (no candidate)       Write-ins   3,552 4%  
2004   Bobby Scott 159,373 69%   Winsome Sears 70,194 31% *          
2006   Bobby Scott 133,546 96%   (no candidate)       Write-ins   5,448 4%  
2008   Bobby Scott 230,911 97%   (no candidate)       Write-ins   7,377 3%  
2010   Bobby Scott 114,656 70%   Chuck Smith 44,488 27%   James Quigley Libertarian 2,383 2% *
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1992, write-ins received 261 votes. In 1994, write-ins received 8 votes. In 1996, write-ins received 34 votes. In 1998, write-ins received 772 votes. In 2004, write-ins received 325 votes. In 2010, independent and write-in candidates received 2,210 votes.

Posted February 20, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Uncategorized

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