John Scott, the longtime South Carolina state senator, has died at the age of 69, The State reports.
The state Senate Democratic Caucus announced Scott's death on the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 13, 2023.
"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," the caucus said. "We ask the community to keep his family in prayer."
At the time of this writing, Scott's cause of death has not been revealed. But, he was recently hospitalized for an undisclosed reason.
ABC News reports, "Scott had been at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, since Friday, when he was hospitalized for an undisclosed medical issue, according to Senate officials."
It is being reported that, earlier this year, Scott had trouble with a blood clot. But, it is currently unclear whether there is any connection between this issue and Scott's passing.
Scott was a Democratic member of the South Carolina legislature for the past three decades.
ABC News reports:
Scott, a Columbia Democrat, operated a realty company and had been in the Legislature for more than 30 years, serving most recently on the Senate's judiciary, medical affairs, and penology committees. First elected to the state House in 1990, he won election to the Senate in 2008 and would have been up for reelection next year. He ran unopposed in the 2020 general election.
Among the things that Scott is known for, as a legislator, is the 2002 creation of South Carolina's education lottery. It is a lottery that helps pay for students' college education.
Many are now paying tribute to Scott, following the news of his passing. This includes South Carolina Gov. Henry McMasters (R).
"Peggy and I extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Senator John Scott," McMasters wrote.
He added, "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."
A special election will be held to fill Scott's seat in the South Carolina Senate.
The Washington Examiner reports:
A special election will be held to fill Scott’s seat. Filing for the vacant seat will open on the third Friday after the vacancy, afterwards the primary election to be held approximately three months later; the special election will be held roughly five months after the vacancy, according to state legislature.