Bobby (Bobby) Scott (D-03)

US Representative Bobby Scott

Bobby (Bobby) Scott (D-03)
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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
2600 Washington Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607-4333
Residence:Newport News, VA

Committee Assignments

ChairmanHouse Committee on Education and Labor
Co-ChairCongressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus
Co-ChairU.S.-Philippines Friendship Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Modeling and Simulation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Empowerment Zones and Empowered Communities
FC MemberCongressional Commuter Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Voting Rights Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Human Trafficking
FC MemberHouse Civil Legal Aid Caucus
FC MemberCrime Prevention and Youth Development Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Infant Health and Safety
Vice ChairCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberDemocratic Budget Group
FC MemberCenter Aisle Caucus [CAC]
FC MemberNational Marine Sanctuary Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Disaster Relief Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls
FC MemberCongressional Army Aviation Caucus
FC MemberHouse Science and National Labs Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Submarine Caucus
FC MemberHouse Caucus on International Religious Freedom
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Black-Jewish Relations
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
FC MemberCongressional My Brother's Keeper Caucus
FC MemberDefense Communities Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pre-K Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education
FC MemberCongressional Military Mental Health Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Budget
FC MemberCongressional Financial and Economic Literacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Prevention Policy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional National Parks Caucus
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
Ranking MemberCongressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
FC MemberCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Task Force on Climate Change
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Youth Sports
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberUnited States Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Health Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Task Force on Seniors
FC MemberCongressional Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
FC MemberClimate Solutions Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberInvisible Wounds Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberIndia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus

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. Congressman Scott has the distinction of being the first African-American elected to Congress from the Commonwealth of Virginia since Reconstruction and only the second African-American elected to Congress in Virginia's history. 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. Congressman Scott currently serves as the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor. From 2015-2018, he served as the ranking member of what was then called the Committee on Education and the Workforce and developed a strong record of working across the aisle to pass critical legislation. In 2015, he was one of the four primary authors of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Additionally, in 2017, he worked to secure passage of legislation to reform and update our nation's career and technical education system, as well as the juvenile justice system in 2018, which were both signed into law by President Donald Trump. Congressman Scott also serves on the Committee on the Budget where he is a leading voice on fiscal policy and reducing the deficit. Congressman Scott is also a recognized champion of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and he has fought to protect the rights and civil liberties of all Americans. In 1997, he protected the right of all children with disabilities to obtain a free and appropriate education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by leading a successful effort to defeat amendments aimed at curtailing that right for some children. Congressman Scott also actively opposed passage of the USA PATRIOT Act and has been a leading critic of both Republican and Democratic Administrations' misuse of surveillance authorities. He is also a leading opponent in Congress of efforts to permit employment discrimination in federally funded programs. As the former Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security on the Committee on the Judiciary, Congressman Scott is also a leading advocate for reforming our nation's broken criminal justice system. Congressman Scott sponsored the Death in Custody Reporting Act, which was originally signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 2000 and its subsequent reauthorization was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2014. The law requires state and local law enforcement agencies to report to the U.S. Department of Justice how many individuals die each year while in the custody of law enforcement or during the course of an 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 mandatory minimum sentence in decades. The law reduced the unfair sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. In 2015, Congressman Scott and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) co-authored the Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act, which has been recognized as one of the most comprehensive criminal justice reform bills in a generation and attracted significant support from across the political spectrum. Several provisions of the SAFE Justice Act, including retroactive application of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 and a fix to how "good time" credits for prisoners are calculated, were included in the First Step Act, a sentencing and prison reform bill signed into law by President Trump in December 2018. Congressman Scott is also a strong supporter of our nation's military readiness as well as our troops and their safety. In 2007, he introduced the House version of Senator Jim Webb's Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008 and has been cited as the largest expansion of veteran education benefits since World War II. As a member of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, Congressman Scott is a leading advocate for shipbuilding, our shipbuilders, and our men and women in uniform. In 2010, The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, recognized Congressman Scott as one of the 25 hardest working Members of Congress. The Hill later recognized him in 2012 as one of Capitol Hill's 50 most beautiful people. 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. 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 boards and organizations.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 1992    Next Election: 2022
DOB: 4/30/1947
Counties Representing
Chesapeake City
Franklin City
Hampton City
Isle of Wight
Newport News City
Norfolk City
Portsmouth City
Suffolk City