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'84 Alumnus Running for Congressional Seat

January 27, 2010

Category: Alumni, Chemistry

Catawba College Alumnus Scott Robinson '84 of Tappahannock, Va., has entered the race as a Democrat for his state's First Congressional District. His campaign focus is to bring accountability to federal government and he is committed to balancing the federal budget and promoting pro-growth economic policies. He is an environmental steward and an advocate for veterans, especially wounded soldiers.

At Catawba, Scott majored in chemistry, played baseball, and joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps. It was here, in a shared physics class, where he met coed Sandy Wilson '83, whom he married after their graduation.

Following his college graduation and the completion of his ROTC training, Scott was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. For 25 years he filled assignments around the world, never ceasing his pursuit of education. He earned both an MBA and an MS degree in national resource strategy.

His final assignment was at the Pentagon in the role as Senior Military Adviser to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. There, he interacted with officials of other Executive Branch agencies as well as congressional leaders to manage policy development regarding weapons of mass destruction. He retired in July of 2009 at the rank of Colonel and today is active in his community in the Rotary Club, American Legion, and the Military Officers Association of America.

Virginia's First Congressional District spans from Prince William County to the City of Hampton. The district also includes the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula region and the cities of Fredericksburg and Williamsburg. The District has nine military installations, including Quantico, Fort A. P. Hill and Dahlgren Naval Station, as well as the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg.  The district is home to the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Christopher Newport University in Newport News and the Rappahannock Community College which has campuses in Warsaw (Richmond County) and Glenns (Gloucester County).

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