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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-4215

Address: 418 CHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (757) 687-8290

Address: 4772 Euclid Road, Virginia Beach VA 23462-3800

Accomac VA

Phone: (757) 789-5172

Fax: (757) 789-5175

Address: 23386 Front Street, Accomac VA 23301

Hampton VA

Phone: (757) 687-8290

Fax: (757) 687-8298

Address: 1100 Exploration Way, Hampton VA 23666

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Scott Rigell Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Virginia 2
  • Born: May. 28, 1960, Titusville, FL
  • Home: Virginia Beach
  • Education:

    Mercer U., B.B.A. 1983; Regent U., M.B.A. 1990.

  • Professional Career:

    Salesman, Ford dealership, 1983-86; pres., Freedom Automotive, 1991-2010.

  • Military Career:

    Marine Corps Reserve, 1978-84.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Christian

  • Family: Married (Teri); 4 children

Republican Scott Rigell is a car dealer who won the seat in 2010 by knocking off Democratic freshman Glenn Nye. He has shown a repeated willingness to take centrist stands that inflame the conservatives in his party. Read More

Republican Scott Rigell is a car dealer who won the seat in 2010 by knocking off Democratic freshman Glenn Nye. He has shown a repeated willingness to take centrist stands that inflame the conservatives in his party.

Rigell (RIDGE-ull) hails from Titusville, Fla., near the Kennedy Space Center, where his father worked as an engineer and director of NASA’s launch-vehicle operations. His mother drove a school bus. Rigell earned his undergraduate degree from Mercer University in Georgia and shortly afterward returned to Titusville to work at a Ford dealership run by his father-in-law. He later enrolled in business school at Regent University, a private Christian college founded by televangelist Pat Robertson. After getting a master’s degree in business administration, Rigell purchased Freedom Automotive in 1991 and became rich; the Center for Responsive Politics estimated his average 2011 net worth at nearly $30 million. Soon afterward, he met Bob McDonnell, now the Republican governor of Virginia, on the showroom floor of his auto dealership, and the two became friends. Over the years, Rigell helped McDonnell in his campaigns and contributed to other Republican candidates. He also gave $1,000 to Democrat Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, which conservatives cited as proof that he is too moderate for the district.

When he decided to challenge Nye, Rigell had to compete against five other candidates in the GOP primary. He ran as the establishment candidate, with the most cash, in a field that included Iraq war veteran Bert Mizusawa and engineering contractor Ben Loyola, the local tea party favorite. Though McDonnell remained neutral in the race, his politically active daughter, Jeanine, ran an ad for Rigell calling him a “longtime friend” of the family. Rigell won with 40% of the vote.

In the general election, Rigell pledged to adhere to a 12-year term limit and to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for everyone, even the wealthiest taxpayers. Nye said he, too, favored extending the tax cuts for everyone, and he won the endorsement of the conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which called him a “pro-business” Democrat. Rigell raised more money and rode the 2010 Republican wave to victory with 53% of the vote to 42% for Nye.

In Washington, Rigell has been a centrist, particularly on economic issues. He got a bill into law in January 2013 setting chemical standards for domestic and imported drywall. His first official act was to unveil a 10-point proposal for scaling back congressional perks that he said have fostered “a culture of privilege.” His plan included cutting congressional office budgets to 2008 levels, limiting franked mail to two pieces a year, replacing lawmakers’ pensions with 401(k) plans, banning travel paid for by lobbyists for foundations, and prohibiting lawmakers and their staffs from working as lobbyists for five years after leaving their government employment. In the highly likely event that Congress declined to adopt his ideas, Rigell said he would abide by them voluntarily. He was one of two House Republicans in 2012 to vote against a criminal contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder in connection with the “Operation Fast and Furious” gun-tracing operation.

Rigell also won a seat on the Budget Committee, where he became an outspoken critic of lobbyist Grover Norquist’s no-new-taxes pledge during the 2012 tax and spending negotiations aimed at avoiding a so-called “fiscal cliff.” But the issue that won him the most attention was gun control. A National Rifle Association member, he nonetheless joined with Democrats in early 2013 to sponsor a bill creating a federal gun-trafficking law imposing a prison sentence of up to 20 years for convicted straw gun buyers. He said it was a “common ground” issue on which both parties should agree. But Karen Miner Hurd, chairman emeritus of the Virginia Tea Party Alliance PAC, accused him in The Washington Post of “caving to the politically correct left.” The National Association for Gun Rights aired radio ads and sent direct-mail fliers falsely accusing Rigell of backing a federal registry system and working with President Barack Obama to seize guns. He asked Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul, a supporter of the group, to denounce its attacks, but Paul declined.

Democrats initially hoped to reclaim Rigell’s seat in 2012. Democrat Paul Hirschbiel, a venture capitalist, spent more than $400,000 on his campaign. But he couldn’t make a dent in Rigell’s poll numbers, and by October, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee canceled its air time in the Hampton Roads market. Rigell won, 54%-46%.

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Scott Rigell Election Results
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2012 General
Scott Rigell (R)
Votes: 166,231
Percent: 53.83%
Paul Hirschbiel (D)
Votes: 142,548
Percent: 46.17%
2012 Primary
Scott Rigell (R)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (53%)
Scott Rigell Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 36 (L) : 64 (C) 46 (L) : 53 (C) 52 (L) : 47 (C)
Social 34 (L) : 62 (C) 44 (L) : 55 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign 24 (L) : 68 (C) 46 (L) : 52 (C) 41 (L) : 57 (C)
Composite 33.3 (L) : 66.7 (C) 46.0 (L) : 54.0 (C) 38.7 (L) : 61.3 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC100100
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NTU7676
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ADA105
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
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