|Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives|
from the 41st district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2017
|Preceded by||Tom Riner|
|Member of the Louisville Metro Council|
|Preceded by||Judy Green|
|Succeeded by||Jessica Green|
|Born||January 30, 1972|
|Alma mater||Knoxville College|
University of Tennessee
Attica Woodson Scott (born January 30, 1972) is an American politician from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A member of the Democratic Party, she serves in the Kentucky House of Representatives for the 41st district.
Early life and education
Scott graduated from Knoxville College with a bachelor's degree in political science, and earned a graduate degree from the University of Tennessee in communications. She worked as a community organizer on the issues of racial equality and criminal justice.
The Louisville Metro Council selected Scott to replace Judy Green, who they removed from the council due to ethics violations, in 2011. She won a special election to fill the remainder of Green's term in 2012, but lost her reelection in 2014 to Jessica Green, Judy's daughter.
In 2016, Scott ran for the Kentucky House, defeating Democratic incumbent Tom Riner in the primary election. She had no Republican Party opponent in the general election, and became the first African American woman to serve in the Kentucky General Assembly since 2000.
In 2020, Scott supported a bill called Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies Act in the Kentucky Legislature to improve maternal health. She sponsored House Bill 54 that would remove the tax on certain baby products, diapers, wipes, baby bottles, nipples for the bottles, liners for the baby bottles to reduce the expenses for families on those necessities.
Scott works as a community organizer on the issues of racial equality and criminal justice.
Scott is a single mother and has two children, one of whom is racial justice activist Shameka Parrish-Wright, who was arrested with her at a protest in Louisville in late 2020 and later also absolved of all charges.
Participation in Louisville protests, subsequent arrest and felony rioting charges, and vindication
In late May and June 2020, Scott marched during protests in Louisville after the Shooting of Breonna Taylor. During the protest she made accusations of excessive use of force against protesters by law enforcement. Scott claimed that she and her daughter, along with other protesters, were sprayed with tear gas without warning by police during the protest. She was critical of Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear's decision to send in the Kentucky National Guard to support Louisville Metro Police in controlling protesters and has called for the resignation of Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, claiming that the public had lost confidence in his ability to address police brutality, and to hold Louisville police accountable in the shooting deaths of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee.
On September 24, 2020, Scott was arrested in Louisville during protests, but before the start of the curfew, and spent the night in jail, then along with 17 others Scott was charged with felony first-degree rioting, misdemeanor failure to disperse and misdemeanor unlawful assembly. The charge of rioting was dismissed on October 6 and the misdemeanor charges were dropped on November 16.
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