Millions Saved for Constituents
Posted by on March 8, 2016
In 2015, Congressman David Scott's office was able to help constituents secure taxpayer savings and benefits of $2,66,1209. That sum includes help with mortgages, VA benefits, Social Security disability payments, and assistance from other federal agencies.
In addition, Congressman Scott's office opened over 1,200 casework files on behalf of his constituents. His office was able to help with veterans issues, mortgage assistance, immigration problems, retirement benefits and other issues. Congressman Scott believes that strong constituent services is an important component of public service.
Congressman David Scott also brought in $8,689,820 in federal grants to the Thirteenth District. These funds help local government and non-profit charities assist constituents with healthcare, transportation, housing, economic development and public safety. Congressman Scott works to help local entities with resources in a time when the economy has not fully recovered from the recession.
Congressman Scott's office also coordinates scholarship opportunities. To date, Congressman David Scott has awarded over $392,000 in scholarships to local student winners of his annual art competition. He has also helped dozens of students attend U.S. military academies for free.
Do you need help with a federal agency? Contact Congressman Scott's office here.
Are you interested in more information about grants? You can find out more at this link.
Black History Month - Julian Bond
Posted by on February 21, 2016
In honor of Black History Month, I have been profiling notable African-Americans from Georgia throughout February. To read our first profile of the first African-American Congressman from Georgia, Jefferson Long, click here. To read our second profile about the desegregation of the University of Georgia click here. Our third profile is on civil rights activist and my former colleague, Julian Bond.
Horace Julian Bond was born on January 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee. As a college student at Morehouse College, Mr. Bond helped organize the Committee on Appeal for Human Rights and co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Shortly after taking a seminar co-taught by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. Samuel Williams, Bond dropped out of Morehouse in 1961 to work full-time as the communications director for SNCC. Through the SNCC he protested the prevalence of Jim Crow laws and the segregation of public facilities in Georgia and the Southeast.
After the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 made major strides in the enfranchisement of African Americans, Julian Bond was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives representing Georgia’s 136th district. Soon after Bond’s election, the SNCC released a statement opposing the Vietnam War. Consequentially, 75 House members petitioned that Mr. Bond be denied his right to take the oath of office. The United States Supreme Court concluded in the 1966 court case Bond v. Floyd that Bond’s freedom of speech had been violated and established precedent for generations of public representatives to express themselves freely regarding state and national policy.
In 1971, Bond returned to Morehouse College, and became the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit group that served disenfranchised minorities and surveyed the actions of hate groups. Mr. Bond would return to the Georgia General Assembly as a State Senator in 1974, a position which he held for 12 years. Bond would go on to become the first African-American chair of the Fulton county Senate delegation. I enjoyed a close relationship with Julian in the State Senate. As a State Senator, myself, I shared an office suite with Senator Bond and Senator Paul Coverdell.
After his service in the State Senate, Bond was appointed as the Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). After stepping down in 2008, the NAACP awarded its highest honor, the Spingarn Medal, for his service as chairman as well as his continuous activism. Mr. Bond passed away in August, 2015, leaving behind a legacy of passion, service, and equitable justice.
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Black History Month - Integration of UGA
Posted by on February 9, 2016
In honor of Black History Month, I will be profiling notable African Americans from Georgia throughout February. To read our first profile of the first African American Congressman from Georgia, Jefferson Long, click here. The second profile is of the desegregation and integration of the University of Georgia.
The Integration of UGA