Thomas Nelson Community College to Honor Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott on March 16

Published: March 9, 2007

Thomas Nelson Community College has selected Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott to receive the College’s first annual Presidential Leadership Award. Thomas Nelson President Charles A. Taylor along with officials from the College will host a luncheon to honor the congressman and present him with the award on Friday, March 16, 2007 at 12:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center located at 600 Butler Farm Road in Hampton. The luncheon, originally scheduled for February 23, was re-scheduled due to the passing of Mr. Herbert V. Kelly Sr., an esteemed member of the Virginia Peninsula community.

“We are extremely proud to honor Congressman Scott. He is an exemplary public servant who strongly champions the concerns and issues that matter most to Virginia citizens. We want to acknowledge him for his support of legislation that impacts education, economic development and human rights, among other critical issues,” said Dr. Taylor. “During his career in the political arena and in law, Rep. Scott has set an excellent standard that we encourage our students at Thomas Nelson to aim for and emulate.”

The College established the Presidential Leadership Award as a new opportunity to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by recognizing outstanding community leaders who are important role models for students. Faculty, staff and student leaders from the College submitted nominations for the award to acknowledge an individual for their contributions and service to the community and exemplary leadership in the areas of education and civil rights as well.

Rep. Scott, a Washington, D.C. native who grew up in Newport News, began his eighth term as a member of Congress on January 4, 2007. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston College Law School currently serving on the House Judiciary Committee as the lead Democrat on the Subcommittee on Crime Terrorism and Homeland Security and a member of the Constitution Subcommittee. The congressman practiced law in Newport News from 1973 to 1991 before entering the national political arena. In November 1992, Rep. Scott became only the second African American from Virginia to be elected to the United States House of Representatives and the first since Reconstruction. Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, he was a member of Virginia House of Delegates from 1978 to 1983 and served in the Senate of Virginia from 1983 to 1993.

During his tenure in the Virginia General Assembly, Rep. Scott was instrumental in passing laws critical to Virginians in healthcare, education, employment, economic development, crime prevention, social services and consumer protection. Among other legislative successes are laws that improved healthcare benefits for women, infants and children, increased the Virginia minimum wage, created the Governor’s Employment and Training Council and established The Neighborhood Assistance Act. In Congress, he has championed several successful legislative initiatives. In 1997, Rep. Scott led a key fight to protect the rights of all children with disabilities to a free and appropriate education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Rep. Scott is a member of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Newport News and has been a member of many professional, community and civic boards and organizations.

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