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Austin Scott is an American politician who has been the U.S. representative for Georgia’s 8th congressional district since 2011. The district stretches down the middle of the state, from just outside Macon to the Florida border. Scott served as a Republican member of the Georgia House of Representatives before being elected to the U.S. House.
In October 2023, Scott announced his bid for the October 2023 speakership election, facing Jim Jordan of Ohio. He is considered a close ally of House Majority Leader Steve Scalise who had previously run for the position but withdrew after failing to consolidate the necessary votes.
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James Austin Scott was born on December 10, 1969 (age 53 years) in Augusta, Georgia, United States. He is the son of American parents. His father, Jim, is an orthopedic surgeon and his mother, Becky, is a teacher in the public school system. Scott graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in risk management and insurance. He passed the Series 7 Exam. He is president of the Southern Group, LLC and a partner in Lockett Station Group, LLC.
Austin Scott was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives at the age of 26. He chaired the Governmental Affairs Committee and served on the Appropriations, Rules, and Ways and Means Committee, where he chaired the Public Policy Subcommittee. The district he represented comprises Tift and Turner Counties.
Scott was the first Republican in 2001 in the Georgia House to work with Democrats to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state’s flag. With millions of dollars in campaign donations from national PACs, Scott challenged Democratic incumbent Jim Marshall in Georgia’s 8th congressional district. He defeated Marshall in the November 2 general election with 53% of the vote to Marshall’s 47%.
He originally planned to campaign for governor of Georgia, announcing his campaign in January 2009. He made headlines for walking more than 1,000 miles around the state in his “Walk of Georgia”, introducing a bill to abolish tolls on Georgia 400 and leading the charge in pressuring Georgia State Attorney General Thurbert Baker to file suit against the federal government over the Affordable Care Act.
In April 2010, Scott withdrew from the race for governor to run for Congress. In 2010, Scott signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity promising to vote against any global warming legislation that would raise taxes. During his first term, Scott represented a fairly compact district in the center of the state, from Macon to Moultrie.
Redistricting after the 2010 census made the 8th somewhat more secure for Austin Scott. Notably, a large chunk of the district’s black residents were drawn into the neighboring 2nd district. This included most of Macon and surrounding Bibb County (except for a sliver in the north); Macon had been the heart of the 8th and its predecessors for more than a century. To make up for the loss of population, the General Assembly pushed the 8th all the way to the Florida border, adding Thomasville and most of Valdosta from the old 2nd. The old 8th already had a significant Republican lean, with a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+10. The new 8th had a CPVI of R+15, making it the 11th most Republican district in the Eastern Time Zone and one of the most Republican districts in the country.
Scott was unopposed in both the primary and general elections. In 2014, Scott was unopposed for a third term. In 2016, Scott faced a Democratic opponent for the first time since his initial run for the seat, private investigator James Neal Harris. Scott defeated Harris with 67.6% of the vote, carrying every county in the district. In 2018, Scott was unopposed for a fifth term.
On June 9, 2020, Austin Scott defeated his Republican primary opponents, Vance Dean and Danny Ellyson, with 89.81% of the vote. For only the second time since his initial run for the seat, he faced a Democratic challenger, Lindsay Holliday. Scott defeated Holliday with 64.52% of the vote in the November 3 general election.
Austin Scott was selected by his colleagues as freshman class president for the 112th Congress. Scott’s district is home to two United States Air Force bases: Moody Air Force Base and Robins Air Force Base. As a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, Scott supports pro-military and defense spending policies. He is also a proponent of the United States Navy hospital ships.
Scott was very vocal on the United States Air Force’s decision not to replace the Northrop Grumman E-8 Joint STARS, which provides intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities. Many JSTARS are based at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia. While Scott supports the forthcoming Advanced Battle Management System or ABMS, he contends the Air Force should maintain the capabilities of the JSTARS until the new ABMS systems are in place.
In 2018, the Air Force announced that Robins Air Force Base would host the initial elements of the Advanced Battle Management System, a capability that will fuse global air and space intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance information. Scott opposed canceling the F-22. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Scott works toward combating transnational criminal organizations and the international flow of drugs.
Scott served on the Conference Committees for the Fiscal Year 2018, Fiscal Year 2019, and Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Acts. For the 117th Congress, Scott is the only member from Georgia to serve on a Congressional defense committee. Scott served on the Conference Committees for both the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills. He secured provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill to bring broadband investments to rural America.
In August 2020, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer held two virtual hearings to examine foreign trade policies harming American growers of seasonal and perishable produce, including one with Georgia producers. These hearings were the result of years of requests by Scott and other members of Georgia’s and Florida’s Congressional delegations to examine the dumping of foreign-subsidized fresh fruits and vegetables into U.S. agricultural markets below the cost of production domestically.
Austin Scott unsuccessfully ran against Representatives Rick Crawford and Glenn Thompson for Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee for the 117th Congress. Thompson, senior to Scott on the committee, was named Ranking Member by the House Republican Steering Committee in December 2020.
On June 15, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law the Veterans Cemetery Benefit Correction Act (Public Law No: 115-184), a bill authored by Scott and supported in the United States Senate by Johnny Isakson to require the Department of the Interior to provide outer burial receptacles for veterans’ remains buried in a national cemetery administered by the National Park Service.
Austin Scott and Representative Sanford Bishop brokered federal assistance for farmers affected by 2018 and 2019 natural disasters, including $3 billion in agricultural relief for damages from storms and reprogrammed unused funds to be used for future relief efforts. This was included in a disaster assistance package Trump signed into law in June 2019.
As a member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Scott has sponsored and supported numerous sportsmen’s and conservation bills. In the 115th Congress, he introduced legislation to modernize the Pittman–Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act to allow state fish and wildlife agencies to use Pittman-Robertson funds for public relations and for constructing, operating, and maintaining public ranges, which passed the House during the 115th Congress.
Is Austin Scott married? Austin Scott is a married man and has children with his wife, Vivien Scott. His wife is a private person and together they have 3 three children. As of September 2023, the couple resides in Tifton, Georgia, with their three children. The Scotts family are members of the First Baptist Church of Tifton.
Austin Scott net worth
How much is Austin Scott worth? Austin Scott’s net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a politician. Austin Scott’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $350,000 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential politicians in Georgia, United States. He stands at an appealing height of 1.75m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.