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Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: December 10, 1969, Augusta

Home: Ashburn

Education: U. of GA, B.B.A. 1992.

Professional Career: Owner, Southern Group; agent, Principal Financial Group, 1993-2010.

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Baptist

Family: Married (Vivien) , 1 children

Republican Austin Scott is a devout fiscal conservative who upset four-term incumbent Democrat Jim Marshall in 2010, a victory that symbolized the waning lifespan of Blue Dog Democrats in the South.

Scott was born in Augusta. His father was an orthopedic surgeon, and his mother was a teacher. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in risk management and insurance in 1992. After college, Scott opened an insurance brokerage firm, which he continues to operate today. Scott had a child with his first wife, but they divorced in 2001. He remarried and now lives with his son and second wife, Vivien Scott. Scott first won election to the state House at 26. He sponsored a bill to provide better funding for the state’s trauma care system. He also championed the expansion of charter schools and allowing students to express their religious beliefs in schools. In January 2009, Scott got into the Georgia governor’s race. To boost awareness of his campaign, he went on a 1,000-mile walk around the state, talking to voters. He made his 64-day journey in the height of summer, losing 7 pounds in the process. But his campaign failed to gain traction, and after briefly considering running for lieutenant governor, he decided to challenge Marshall.

Although Marshall ranked as one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress and voted against President Barack Obama’s health care bill, he was vulnerable in 2010 simply because he was a Democrat. In his campaign against Marshall, Scott promised to reduce the deficit, and he attacked the incumbent for voting for Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus bill. Marshall was difficult to paint as a traditional liberal. He was endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Rifle Association. In one ad, Marshall showed his driver’s license to prove that he wasn’t House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who became a Republican symbol of the reviled Democratic agenda in Congress. Still, he lost the seat to Scott, who got 53% of the vote to 47% for Marshall. Scott ran for reelection unopposed in 2012.

When he got to Washington, Scott’s role as freshman class president led him to be regularly called on to interpret his boisterous classmates’ actions to the news media. He told National Journal in November 2011 that they never intended to speak with one voice: “I think of us as a group of independent thinkers.” Though the group came in with lofty aims of reshaping Washington, he contended a year later that its main job was “to play defense against what (President Obama) was going to do. I think we were pretty effective at doing that.”

He was given a seat on the Armed Services Committee, fulfilling a campaign promise from then-Minority Leader John Boehner. However, unlike many of the military’s boosters on the panel, he has maintained that defense spending must be among the areas examined for budget cuts. Scott introduced a bill to abolish the Legal Services Corporation in August 2011—three days after it became public that Legal Services had won an action against a company in his district that had fired U.S. workers in favor of less-expensive immigrants with visas. He sponsored another bill in 2012 to limit the use of government-operated drone aircraft domestically, which he said stemmed in part from news reports that the Environmental Protection Agency was using drones to spy on cattle ranchers in Nebraska.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-6531

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RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2417
Washington, DC 20515-1008

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Washington, DC 20515-1008

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(229) 396-5175

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127-B North Central Avenue
Tifton, GA 31794-4087

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Tifton, GA 31794-4087

DISTRICT OFFICE

(478) 971-1776

(478) 971-1778

230 Margie Drive Suite 500
Warner Robins, GA 31088-7813

DISTRICT OFFICE

(478) 971-1776

(478) 971-1778

230 Margie Drive Suite 500
Warner Robins, GA 31088-7813

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

621 McLendon Street
Ashburn, GA 31714

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

621 McLendon Street
Ashburn, GA 31714

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Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Austin Scott
Unopposed
2012 PRIMARY
Austin Scott
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Austin Scott
Votes: 102,770
Percent: 52.7%
Jim Marshall
Votes: 92,250
Percent: 47.3%
2010 PRIMARY
Austin Scott
Votes: 22,191
Percent: 52.36%
Ken Deloach
Votes: 13,228
Percent: 31.21%
Diane Vann
Votes: 6,959
Percent: 16.42%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (53%)

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