Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott is currently serving his eleventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Scott was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1978 to 1983.  Additionally, he served in the Virginia Senate from 1983 to 1993.  During his 15 years in Obama Signs Bills On Helping Families Save Homes And On Fraud Enforcementthe Virginia General Assembly, Rep. Scott focused on creating jobs, increasing access to healthcare, improving education and economic opportunity, improving crime prevention strategies and enhancing consumer protections.  His legislative successes focused on these issues and resulted in enhanced benefits for women, families and children.   Among his legislative achievements were an increase in Virginia’s minimum wage and legislation that established the Governor’s Employment and Training Council.

In November 1992, Rep. Scott was elected to represent Virginia’s third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Scott made history by becoming the first African American elected to Congress from Virginia since Reconstruction.  He is also the first American with Filipino ancestry to serve as a voting Member of Congress, as his maternal grandfather is of Filipino ancestry.

In Congress, Rep. Scott currently serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Education and the Workforce.  He is a champion of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights and fights to protect civil liberties for all Americans.  He has been vocal critic of warrantless wiretapping and has been a steadfast opponent of employment discrimination in federally funded programs.

Rep. Scott is a leader in the effort against over-incarceration and has championed crime prevention policies and rcs4legislation. He is the chief sponsor of the Youth PROMISE Act, which would provide resources to state and local governments for evidenced-based juvenile crime prevention programs.

Because of his penchant for working long hours and maintaining a busy schedule, Rep. Scott was listed as one of the 25 hardest working Members of Congress by The Hill newspaper (a Capitol Hill publication) in 2010.  In 2012, he was recognized as one of Capitol Hill’s 50 most beautiful people.

Rep. Scott was born on April 30, 1947 in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Newport News, Virginia.  He earned a B.A. in Political Science from Harvard and a J.D. from Boston College.   He received an honorable discharge after serving in the Massachusetts National Guard and the Army Reserve.  Upon completing law school, Rep. Scott returned to Newport News where he practiced law from 1973 to 1991 and was the President of the Newport News chapter of the NAACP.  Rep. 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.