South Carolina state Sen. John Scott dead at 69

August 14, 2023

South Carolina state Sen. John Scott (D) passed away at 69, his family announced.

Scott's cause of death was not announced, though he reportedly dealt with health issues related to blood clots earlier this year.

The statement

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, son, and brother, Senator John L Scott. Jr., who passed away peaceably while surrounded by family and close friends," read a statement from Scott's family.

"We ask the community to keep his family in prayer," it added.

The governor's response

"Peggy and I extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Senator John Scott," read a statement from Gov. Henry McMasters (R).

"With over 30 years of service in the General Assembly, he has had a profound impact on Richland County and all of South Carolina. He will be deeply missed. May God bless him and his family," it continued.

A powerful advocate

"Senate President Thomas Alexander complimented Scott for his work on higher education and his advocacy for historically Black colleges and universities, workforce development and health care," the State reported.

“He always contributed so much and brought a voice of reason and finding solutions to the things that were before us,” Alexander, an Oconee County Republican, said in an interview Sunday, according to the report.

Many others also mourned his passing, including South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (R) who is running for president. Scott tweeted that he was "saddened to hear of the passing of SC State Senator John Scott. I pray for his family and friends and hope they feel God’s comforting grace during this difficult time.”

The governor's announcement included that the state's flags will be lowered in honor of Scott's service to the state following the announcement of funeral arrangements.

Scott's three decades of work as a public servant in South Carolina saw much change, with the state now including two candidates running for president and a growing presence in the nation's economy. The longtime lawmaker will be missed by family and friends who knew him as a strong leader who tirelessly represented his district throughout his lifetime.

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