The family of Senator John L. Scott Jr. from Richland County has declared his passing at the age of 69. As per the South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus, he was a distinguished public servant and a diligent advocate for his constituents in Richland County and the citizens of South Carolina.
In a statement released by Scott’s family, they said, “It is with deep sorrow that we inform about the demise of our beloved husband, father, son, and brother, Senator John L. Scott Jr., who peacefully departed while surrounded by family and close friends. We request the community to keep his family in their prayers.”
Senator Scott played a significant role in government for more than three decades, having served 18 years in the House of Representatives before his time in the Senate, which began in 2009.
“Both Peggy and I offer our prayers and heartfelt condolences to Senator John Scott’s family and friends,” stated Governor Henry McMaster.
“With a service record of over 30 years in the General Assembly, he left a profound impact on Richland County and the entire state of South Carolina. His absence will be deeply felt. May God bestow blessings upon him and his family.”
According to the SC Senate Democratic Caucus, Scott was deeply committed to education, healthcare, and economic development. He was respected within the Senate chambers for his ability to collaborate across party lines and foster agreement.
“Senator Scott’s legacy will forever be a part of South Carolina’s history,” remarked Senator Brad Hutto, Minority Caucus Leader for the South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus.
“His unwavering work ethic, his readiness to bridge differences, and his steadfast dedication to the principles of justice and equality have set a precedent for us all.”
Once funeral arrangements are confirmed and announced, the governor will soon issue an order to lower flags in honor of Senator Scott’s service to the state of South Carolina.