South Carolina State Sen. John Scott, a Democratic lawmaker who had been an elected leader for over 30-years, has died at the age of 69-years-old at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital.

Scott’s cause of death currently remains unknown, though he had reportedly experienced some trouble with blood clot issues earlier this year. Scott was first elected to the state House in 1990, and continued to serve as a state representative until he won the 2008 state senate race, according to The State.

“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, which was released by the Senate president’s office. “We ask the community to keep his family in prayer.”

Prior to his death, Scott worked on multiple committees for the state Senate, including the Senate’s Banking and Insurance committee, Education committee, Finance committee, Labor, Commerce and Industry committee, and the Legislative Oversight and Medical Affairs committee. He also pushed for the creation of the state’s education lottery in 2002, which is a lottery intended to help pay for college scholarships.


“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.”

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