BioScott Rigell will tell you that, first and foremost, he is an American with a deep love for his country. After that, Scott, 52, is a husband, father and grandfather who has worked as an entrepreneur and businessman in the Hampton Roads community his entire adult life. In November 2010, he was elected to represent the good people of Virginia’s Second Congressional District in the United States Congress, and is now serving in what he calls his ‘season of public service.’ Scott has been clear about his four most urgent priorities- changing Congress, creating jobs, controlling federal spending and defending our military.
As a lifelong job creator, Scott knows the satisfaction that comes with being able to tell someone, “You’re hired!” Using common-sense solutions, Scott has cut through the bureaucratic red tape standing in the way of job creation across the district. He believes in an all-of-the-above energy strategy that will not only lead America toward energy independence, but will create more than 18,000 new jobs in our region. During his short time in Congress he has produced real job results for our region.
Scott has been an outspoken advocate for fiscal accountability in our government, and firmly believes that our country must be run just as every American household is run- on a budget! That means we must not spend more than we take in. He has been a vocal proponent of cutting spending and ending unfair subsidies and corporate loopholes to help put America’s fiscal house back in order. He has voted to cut more than $8 trillion from the federal budget since taking office. He strongly believes that this is an obligation we owe to future Americans.
Defending Those Who Defend Us
Scott represents a district that is home to more men and women in uniform than any other district in the country. He is working to preserve our region’s unique military assets and support our men and women in uniform. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Scott was instrumental in the successful effort to keep all East Coast carriers based in Norfolk. He is now focused on stopping the severe defense cuts, known as sequestration, that will affect each and every American unless Congress and the White House can come to a fiscal agreement by the end of the year. The son of an Iwo Jima Marine, Scott served his country in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, rising to the rank of Sergeant before an honorable discharge after six years of service.
As an independent-minded reformer, Scott is leading by example, a core principle he learned at Parris Island. He has declined federal health care and pension benefits and has returned more than $49,000 of his two-year salary back to the U.S. Treasury to help pay down the national debt. He is the co-founder of the Fix Congress Now Caucus, which aims to end careerism in Washington and change a broken Congress. He strongly believes that this is an obligation we owe to future Americans.
As his first action in Congress, Scott introduced the “Lead by Example Act,” which prevents Members of Congress from receiving taxpayer-funded matches to their retirement plans unless Congress passes a budget and reduces the deficit. He is also a leading co-sponsor and advocate of the ”No Budget No Pay” Act, which would force Congress to pass budget and appropriations bills or else forfeit their salaries.
More About Scott
Hampton Roads is where Scott chose to raise his family and start his business. A 25 year resident of Virginia Beach, Scott is the founder and Chairman of Freedom Automotive, and Scott and his wife, Teri, own automobile dealerships in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Scott served for six years on the board of Horizons Hampton Roads, a non-profit organization offering a unique enrichment experience to low-income students who attend public elementary or middle schools in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Portsmouth.
He earned his B.B.A. from Mercer University and his M.B.A. from Regent University. Scott and Teri are the proud parents of four grown children- Lindsey, Mallory, Justus and Shannon. They have two grandchildren, Parks and Reese. Scott loves spending his free time on his farm on the Eastern Shore, where he is an avid fisherman and sportsman.