This week, Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) – a longtime supporter of programs for children with disabilities – announced his interest in becoming the top Democrat on the Education and the Workforce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives for the 114th Congress, which begins next January.
Rep. Scott’s announcement comes after Congressman George Miller (D-CA) – currently the highest ranking Democrat on the Education Committee – stated his intention to retire after 40 years in Congress and this week’s news that Congressman Rob Andrews (D-NJ) will resign from Congress at the end of this month. Rep. Andrews was the second highest ranking Democrat on the Committee.
In 1998, Rep. Scott won the CEC Outstanding Public Service Award in appreciation for his efforts during the 1997 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, an accomplishment he notes in his biography. Rep. Scott has also been supportive of the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act.
The leadership of the House Education and the Workforce Committee for the 114th Congress will be determined by the outcome of this year’s Congressional elections and subsequent internal party discussions.