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Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott

Representative for Virginia’s 3rd District

pronounced RAH-bert // skot

Scott is the representative for Virginia’s 3rd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 5, 1993. Scott is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Scott.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Scott is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Scott has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jun 14, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Robert “Bobby” Scott sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Scott was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Scott sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Labor and Employment (38%) Crime and Law Enforcement (28%) Education (19%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (15%)

Recent Bills

Some of Scott’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Scott voted Nay

Passed 378/48 on Apr 26, 2017.

This bill would change the appointment process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Currently the Register of ...

Scott voted Nay

Passed 400/5 on May 13, 2016.

Overdoses from heroin, prescription drugs, and opioid pain relievers last year surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of injury-related death in America, according to ...

Scott voted No

Scott voted Nay

Scott voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Scott voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Scott voted Aye

Scott voted Nay

Scott voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Jun 2019, Scott missed 270 of 17,525 roll call votes, which is 1.5%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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