Biography

A local boy, Scott was born and raised in the 21st Senate District. The district includes the Antelope, Santa Clarita and Victor valleys.

Scott believes for a democratic republic to be a civil and just society it requires three pillars: A transparent government; policies that spur economic growth; and a commitment to social equality.

The cornerstone of transparent government is election integrity. Scott’s been a leader in broadening financial disclosure requirements so voters can track where campaign money comes from.  In 2017, California Common Cause presented him the “We the People” Award for his leadership in election reform.

Scott believes greater transparency leads to a more accountable government. In his landmark 2017 legislation, SB 634, creating the new Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency he established a ratepayer advocate to protect homeowners and small business. He’s also pushed legislation to hold state agencies to the same open meetings act requirements as local government.

Growing up in the Antelope Valley with a father in aerospace, Scott’s family lived through the boom and bust times of that industry. Knowing financial insecurity places strain on the family, Scott has focused on policies to promote economic growth.  Scott was the principal co-author of the Film & TV Tax Credit that has restored families by bringing back jobs to California. He also co-authored the Aerospace Tax Credit that brought the new long-range bomber federal contract to the 21st Senate District.

Hailing from a working class family Scott knows that a helping hand can be the difference between struggling and success.  He has focused his legislative priorities on giving a voice to those who need our help including the disability community, the homeless, foster youth and defenseless animals. 

In 2018 Scott was the recipient of Easterseals California’s “2018 Senate Champion Award.” The award was presented to him in recognition of his continuing legislative work on behalf of children and adults with disabilities. In 2019, the animal rights group Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL) honored Scott with the “Compassionate Legislative Champion Award” acknowledging his leadership in protecting those that have no voice.

Scott serves as vice chair of four Senate Committees – the Committees on Education, Agriculture, Rules and Governmental Organization. Additionally he is a member of the Committees on Business, Professions and Economic Development; and Veterans Affairs.

Scott and his wife, Vanessa, reside in Santa Clarita with their two spoiled dogs, Simi V and AV. They have two adult children, Scott, Jr. and Alison. Alison and her husband, Matt, are the proud parents of Zeke.