S.C. Senator John L. Scott, Jr. (D) Richland County

The South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus Mourns the Passing of State Senator John L. Scott, Jr.

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(Columbia, SC) – With heavy hearts, the South Carolina Legislative Black Caucus (SCLBC) announces the passing of State Senator John L. Scott, Jr. Senator Scott’s enduring legacy of service positions him among the revered giants of South Carolina’s elected officials. His unwavering commitment and dedication to the constituents of his district, county, and state will continue to resonate through the progress achieved and promises fulfilled during his esteemed tenure in office.

Senator Scott’s remarkable contributions to economic development, infrastructure, and education in the state, particularly his impactful engagement with higher education institutions and his visionary leadership in establishing the South Carolina Institutes of Innovation and Information (SCIII), an historical commitment to supporting the state’s seven HBCUs and helping each create an institute focused on new ideas and creative solutions, stand as monumental policy success and the example of the impact leaders can make while serving in office. His proactive approach has paved the way for a brighter and more prosperous future for future generations.

A devoted member of the SCLBC, Senator Scott’s leadership was instrumental in the Caucus’s 25th-anniversary celebration during his chairmanship. As the SCLBC commemorates its 50th year of dedicated service to our state, we bid farewell to one of its most distinguished, accomplished, and influential members in the Caucus’s illustrious history. Senator John Scott serves as an exemplar for all elected leaders, embodying qualities of dedication, education, preparedness, and an unyielding commitment to the essential work of governance. His unwavering belief that there is no room for games or frivolity when it comes to service resonates deeply, echoing his firm understanding that the people’s needs take precedence, or as Sen. Scott would state, there is no time for foolishness. People are hurting and need solutions now.

In these challenging and uncertain times, Senator Scott’s absence underscores our collective responsibility, both for elected officials and the citizens of South Carolina, to carry forth his legacy. Our thoughts, condolences, and prayers go out to Senator Scott’s family during these trying days. Please know that we stand with you, offering unwavering support and love.

Senator John L. Scott, Jr. leaves a legacy that will forever inspire and guide us. As we celebrate his life and mourn his loss, let us honor his memory by embodying his ethos of diligent work, selfless dedication, and a resolute commitment to the betterment of our beloved South Carolina. 

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