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Meet Don

Delegate Don Scott serves as Democratic Leader in the Virginia House of Delegates. Don represents the city of Portsmouth in Virginia’s 80th House District. Don is a graduate from Texas A&M and LSU Law School and served as U.S. Naval Officer. In the legislature, Don is a champion for working families and reproductive freedom. He is married to Mellanda Colson Scott, D.D.S., and has a teenage daughter.

Fighting to build a Virginia that works for everyone.

Delegate Don Scott has committed his career to serving our community, Commonwealth, and country. Through his service in uniform, as an attorney and community leader, and now as a Delegate, he’s fought to improve the lives and livelihoods and those around him. 

As Delegate, Don has been a champion for building a new Virginia that leaves nobody behind – with strong public schools, quality, affordable health care for all, an economy that lifts everyone up, and a fair, equitable criminal justice system. 

  • Abolished the death penalty
  • Legalized recreational use of marijuana and expunged the records of non-violent drug offenders
  • Automatic expungement of records for certain misdemeanors
  • Allowing admittance of defendant’s mental condition as evidence
  • Limited Adult Probation sentences to a maximum of one year for a misdemeanor, and five years for a felony.
  • Expanded medicaid to thousands of Virginians
  • Capped prices on insulin
  • Expanded and streamlined Virginia’s vaccine program
  • Expanded access to telehealth
  • Established maternal health data taskforce
  • Increased the minimum wage
  • Passed the Governor’s G3 Program – Get skilled, get a job, and give back. 
  • Expanded broadband access to Virginians
  • $25 million for Rebuild VA grant program
  • Passed a 5% teacher pay raise
  • Fully funded early childhood education programs
  • Funding for additional school guidance counselors
  • Addressing learning loss due to COVID19 through supplemental funding for local programming
  • Established parameters to reopen our schools in Fall 2021