2020 Celebrating Black History Month
Community Leadership Awards
Feb 29, 2020
Congressman David Scott
United States Congressman David Scott is in his ninth term representing Georgia’s 13th Congressional District, which includes Cobb, Clayton, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton and Henry counties. A native of Aynor, SC, he received a BA with honors from Florida A&M University in 1967 and an MBA with honors from Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in 1969.
After graduate school, David Scott moved to Atlanta and started his own successful advertising company, Dayn-Mark Advertising. He also created and performed in the Georgia PBS Emmy-award winning television production, “Langston!” about the poetry and life of Langston Hughes. In addition, he created and was the voice for the award-winning national radio program, “Inside Black America.”
David Scott began his political career in 1972 by working with Andrew Young’s winning congressional campaign. Two years later, he was elected as a Georgia state representative and served from 1975 to 1982. As state representative, he wrote laws to provide for gun safety, including creating background checks for gun purchases, and helped create Peachcare, the health insurance program for children.
In 1982, David Scott was elected as a Georgia state senator and served until 2002. While in the Senate, he passed several major laws, including a moment of silence for reﬂection or prayer in Georgia’s public schools.
In Congress, Representative David Scott is a strong voice for jobs, healthcare, education, veterans, children, and transportation. He serves on the Financial Services Committee, Agriculture Committee, and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He has written several laws including student loan repayment assistance for law students who become public prosecutors and defenders so that top attorneys will be attracted to public service.
U.S. Congressman David Scott spearheads a wide range of local initiatives to beneﬁt the public, including sponsoring annual job fairs that have secured more than 7,000 jobs, hosting an annual health fair, and hosting home foreclosure prevention and mortgage assistance events, helping more than 4,000 people ﬁnd help to keep their homes.
He sits on the board of the Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy at the University of GA, is a member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., and the Beta Nu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He received a “Trumpet Award” in 2008, the Urban League’s “Congressional Leadership Award” in 2010, has been recognized by Georgia Trend magazine as one of the “100 Most Inﬂuential Georgians,” and was named to the “Most Inﬂuential” list of Georgians by JAMES magazine.
Congressman David Scott is married to Alfredia Aaron Scott, sister of baseball great, Hank Aaron; they have two children and two grandchildren. The son of a minister, he speaks at churches regularly.
Because of Congressman Scott’s commitment to serving and improving the lives of his constituents, Berean SDA Church has named him a Black History Month honoree.