Lawmakers remember Senator John L. Scott

Published: Aug. 14, 2023 at 5:18 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - State lawmakers are remembering the life and legacy of the late South Carolina State Lawmaker John L. Scott JR.

The South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus confirmed the senator’s death yesterday afternoon saying “Scott’s dedication to the people of South Carolina spanned over three decades”.

A cause of death has not yet been released.

“He was dedicated to his constituents and the people of this state,” said Senator Nikki Setzler.

“He was the voice for the voiceless,” said Senator Dick Harpootlian.

Those are just a few words used to describe Senator John L Scott Jr.

“You don’t serve in public office for 33 years without delivering to your constituents and being a force in the Senate like John Scott was,” said Senator Setzler.

“He was laser-focused on what I call living room issues. Issues that are important to people. Education, healthcare, broadband access. Reaching everybody in this state regardless, where you lived,” he added.

Setzler says Scott was instrumental in the passage of the South Carolina Education Lottery back in 2002, which helps pay for college scholarships.

The South Carolina State University graduate also pushed for more funding for black colleges and universities in the state.

Settler said, “He was a true gentleman. He was kind, compassionate, caring, and dedicated.

Senator Scott also focused on issues related to healthcare and economic growth.

Funeral arrangements were announced on Monday afternoon.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Leevy’s Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road.

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