Scott grew up in Gladstone, a suburb of Kansas City. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan. Scott is a practicing attorney and partner at the St. Louis law firm of Husch Blackwell.
Scott was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in south St. Louis County in 2010, a year in which Democrats lost 17 seats. In 2012, he defeated incumbent Republican State Senator Jim Lembke in one of the most hotly contested races in recent Missouri history, becoming the first Democrat to defeat a full-term Republican Senator in recent memory.
As a state senator, Scott has received recognition for putting policy before politics and for championing strong ethics rules for legislators. Scott has focused his legislative career on serving the citizens and communities of Missouri – from ensuring strong criminal investigations, a quality educational foundation for our children, to supporting veterans as a member of the Missouri Veterans Commission.
Scott’s public service began on the Affton School Board in 2001, where he served until 2010 including a board president position. Under his leadership as president, Affton rolled back taxes by $6.25 million, while raising teachers’ salaries and completing $25 million in building projects.
Scott lives in Affton, and has two children. They attend Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, where he served as chairman of the deacons for two years.