Scott Newman was raised in Hutchinson, Minnesota, and graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1965. After high school, Scott began his studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history and political science in 1969.
After college, Scott began working with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department. While working as a deputy sheriff for the county, he also attended classes at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. Scott graduated with his J.D. in 1973.
During his legal career, Scott was certified as a Civil Trial Specialist and litigated civil trials in private practice for many years. In addition to his years as a litigator, Scott has also been a felony public defender, a mediator, and an administrative law judge with the state’s Office of Administrative Hearings.
In 2010, Scott was elected to represent District 18 in the Minnesota State Senate. The district, which includes McLeod, Meeker, Sibley, and Wright counties, voted overwhelmingly to re-elect Scott in 2012 and 2016. Before he was a state senator, Scott also served two terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
During his time in the legislature, Scott has become known as a leader on transportation-related issues. He currently serves as chairman of the Senate Transportation Finance and Policy Committee, where he plays an influential role in public policy and oversight of Minnesota’s vast transportation and transit network. In fact, there are more than 135,000 miles of highway alone in the state of Minnesota! Scott is known for writing and passing the state’s ‘hands-free’ driving legislation, a law that protects those in and around a motor vehicle.
Scott is also known for his willingness to work across the aisle – particularly when it comes to issues affecting the health and safety of Minnesotans. In 2005, as the state was confronting a dramatic rise in deadly methamphetamine use, Scott led the way on bipartisan legislation that required pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), an ingredient used to make meth, be sold from behind the pharmacy counter. In addition, Scott is also the original author of legislation to enact Voter ID requirements in Minnesota, was instrumental in fixing the state’s terrible automobile Minnesota Licensing and Registration (MNLARS) program, forced MnDOT to be more transparent in the project selection process, and oversaw the largest investment for roads and bridges across Greater Minnesota in state history.
Scott and his wife, Ginny, live in rural Hutchinson. They have three adult children and six grandchildren.