Congressman Bobby Scott

Congressman Bobby Scott


Name: Congressman Bobby Scott

Title/Occupation: U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District

Organization: United States Congress

What Makes The Person A Game Changer:  Robert Cortez “Bobby” Scott is currently serving his tenth term as the U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 3rd congressional district.  Rep. Scott grew up in Newport News, Virginia and is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston College Law School.  After graduating from law school, he practiced law in Newport News and received an honorable discharge from the Massachusetts National Guard and the United States Army Reserve.  In 1977, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and 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’s congressional district is the only one with a majority black population in Virginia. 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. Within Congress, he serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, where he is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security and a member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution. In addition, he serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce where he is a member of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.