Nicole Scott, Majority Staff Director

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Nicole Scott
National Journal
Jerry Hagstrom
Sept. 18, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

Scott, the Re­pub­lic­an staff dir­ect­or for the House Ag­ri­cul­ture Com­mit­tee, is an Ok­laho­man through and through.

Her fam­ily has ranched there for five gen­er­a­tions, and she grew up in Waurika, a town of 1,200 people just two counties away from Chair­man Frank Lu­cas’s dis­trict. Scott’s grand­fath­er, a Demo­crat, was a state le­gis­lat­or for 30 years.

After Scott re­ceived both a bach­el­or’s and a law de­gree from the Uni­versity of Ok­lahoma, she came to Wash­ing­ton in 1995 as an aide to then-Rep. J.C. Watts, who had preached at her church. She went to work for Lu­cas in his per­son­al of­fice in 1999, hand­ling ag­ri­cul­ture is­sues.

In 2009, when Lu­cas be­came com­mit­tee rank­ing mem­ber, Scott moved to the pan­el’s staff, and she took over as ma­jor­ity staff dir­ect­or when the Re­pub­lic­ans as­sumed con­trol after the 2010 elec­tion.

Scott, 44, now man­ages a staff of 27. She said that be­ing the first Re­pub­lic­an fe­male staff dir­ect­or of the com­mit­tee has not posed any par­tic­u­lar prob­lems, but notes there are oth­er chal­lenges. “Lu­cas is a con­sensus build­er,” she said. “He wants to find a place for ag­ri­cul­ture that people can rally around, and that’s a chal­lenge in this Con­gress.”

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