Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott was born in 1947 in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Newport News, Virginia.
He is a graduate of Harvard University and Boston College Law School, and practiced law from 1973 to 1991. He served in the Massachusetts National Guard and the United States Army Reserve. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1978 and the Senate of Virginia in 1983. In 1992, he became the first African American elected to Congress from Virginia since Reconstruction.
He currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.