Member Spotlight: Rep. David Scott (D-GA)

David Scott was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2002 to represent Georgia’s Thirteenth Congressional District, which includes 6 counties around metro Atlanta: Cobb, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton and Henry. Prior to joining the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Scott served in the Georgia state legislature beginning in 1974 and ran an advertising business he founded, Dayn-Mark Advertising, where he represented several major corporations. Rep. Scott received a BA from Florida A&M University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.

Why He’s Important to Agents

Rep. Scott currently sits on the House Committee on Financial Services, which has jurisdiction over most insurance issues. Since coming to Congress in 2003 he has also served on the House Agriculture Committee, which has jurisdiction over the federal crop insurance program.

After the 2020 elections, Rep. Scott was elected by the House Democratic caucus to succeed outgoing House Agriculture committee chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN), who lost his re-election race. In a statement he released upon being selected as chairman of the Agriculture Committee, Rep. Scott said that he understands and is committed to preserve the role agriculture plays in the U.S. economy and will continue to preserve the U.S. place as the number one exporter of agricultural products.  

Although the next Farm bill is not up for reauthorization until 2023, the 117th Congress that began in January will start the process of reauthorizing it.  Chairman Scott will play an important role as Congress reauthorizes the next Farm Bill and PIA will continue to work with him to ensure he recognizes the key role independent agents play in delivering crop insurance, as well as the vital nature of the program overall.