Bobby (Bobby) Scott (D-USH03)
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Capitol: 202.225.8351
FAX: 202.225.8354
District: 757.380.1000
Representative
Room 2328 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-4603

Residence: Newport News, VA
Elected: 1992    Next Election: 2024
DOB: 4/30/1947
Committee Assignments
RM MemberHouse Committee on Education and the Workforce
Co-ChairCongressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Human Trafficking
Co-ChairU.S.-Philippines Friendship Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Commuter Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Voting Rights Caucus
FC MemberCrime Prevention and Youth Development Caucus
FC MemberHouse Civil Legal Aid Caucus
Vice ChairCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberDemocratic Budget Group
FC MemberCenter Aisle Caucus [CAC]
FC MemberBipartisan Disaster Relief Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations
FC MemberCongressional Offshore Wind Caucus
FC MemberPublic Shipyard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls
FC MemberAccess to Legal Aid Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Infant Health and Safety
FC MemberHouse Science and National Labs Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Submarine Caucus
FC MemberNational Marine Sanctuary Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pre-K Caucus
FC MemberCongressional My Brother's Keeper Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coastal Communities Caucus
FC MemberHouse Caucus on International Religious Freedom
FC MemberCongressional Prevention Policy Caucus
FC MemberDefense Communities Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Entertainment Industries Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Task Force on Climate Change
FC MemberHurricane Irene Coalition
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
Ranking MemberCongressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Youth Sports
FC MemberCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Health Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional National Parks Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Seniors
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ukraine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberUnited States Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberInvisible Wounds Caucus
FC MemberClimate Solutions Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Safe Climate Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Independent Colleges Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberIndia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing
Chesapeake City / Franklin City / Hampton City / Isle of Wight / Newport News City / Norfolk City / Portsmouth City / Suffolk City

Bio

Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott has represented Virginia's third congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993. Prior to his service in Congress, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1978 to 1983 and in the Senate of Virginia from 1983 to 1993.

During his tenure in the Virginia General Assembly, Congressman Scott successfully sponsored laws critical to Virginians in education, employment, health care, social services, economic development, crime prevention and consumer protection. His legislative successes in the General Assembly included laws that increased Virginia's minimum wage, created the Governor's Employment and Training Council and improved health care benefits for women, infants and children.

His 1992 election to Congress gave Congressman Scott the distinction of being the first African-American elected to Congress from Virginia since John Mercer Langston's election more than 100 years earlier during the Reconstruction era. Having a maternal grandfather of Filipino ancestry also gives him the distinction of being the first American with Filipino ancestry to serve as a voting member of Congress.

In the 118th Congress, Congressman Scott serves as the Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce-his fifth term as the Committee's Democratic leader. Throughout his tenure, he has advanced legislation that improves equity in education, frees students from the burdens of debt, protects and expands access to affordable health care, ensures workers have a safe workplace where they can earn a living wage free from discrimination, and guarantees seniors have a secure and dignified retirement.

During the 116th and 117th Congresses (2019-2023), Congressman Scott served as Chairman of what was then called the Committee on Education and Labor. As Chairman, Congressman Scott spearheaded critical parts of Congress' response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through several COVID-19 packages-including the American Rescue Plan Act-Congressman Scott's efforts saved the pensions of over one million workers and retirees; reduced the number of uninsured Americans to record lows; significantly reduced child hunger across the nation; and delivered the single largest investment to K-12 schools in U.S. history to help schools reopen safely and make up for lost learning time. Notably, Congressman Scott has championed several other landmark bills in the House of Representatives-including the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Raise the Wage Act, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, the Equity Inclusion and Enforcement Act, and theJuvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017, which included key components of Congressman Scott's Youth PROMISE Act.

Congressman Scott has also served on the Committee on the Budget and the Committee on the Judiciary, and he remains a leading voice in Congress on fiscal policy, the Constitution and reforming our nation's criminal justice system.

During his tenure as Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, Congressman Scott authored several bills to improve and reform our nation's criminal justice system. He sponsored the Death in Custody Reporting Act, which enhances transparency and accountability for law enforcement by requiring state and local law enforcement agencies to report to the U.S. Department of Justice data on how many individuals die annually in custody or during arrest. In 2010, Congressman Scott successfully led efforts in the House to pass the Fair Sentencing Act, one of the first successful reductions in a federal mandatory minimum sentence in decades that reduced the unfair sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. In 2015, he worked across the aisle to sponsor theSafe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act, of which several important provisions were included in the bipartisan First Step Act signed into law by President Trump in 2018 .

Congressman Scott was born on April 30, 1947 in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Newport News, Virginia. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston College Law School. After graduating from law school, he returned home to Newport News and practiced law from 1973 to 1991. As a young attorney, he founded the Peninsula Legal Aid Center to assist those who could not afford legal representation, and served as one of the youngest branch presidents of the Newport News NAACP. He received an honorable discharge for his service in the Massachusetts National Guard and the United States Army Reserve.

Congressman Scott is a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Newport News and is a member of many professional, community, and civic organizations.