WINNFIELD, Louisiana — The Scott family of Alexandria is taking its place among legends of Louisiana politics as family members are posthumously being given special recognition by the Louisiana Political Museum in Winnfield.
The Town Talk reports (http://townta.lk/18gtodL ) the museum will honor the family, which included federal Judge Nauman S. Scott II and his son, state Rep. John W. "Jock" Scott," with the Political Family of Officeholders' Award on Feb. 7 during the Political Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
In addition to recognizing Nauman Scott and Jock Scott, the Louisiana Political Museum cited other family members for their contributions. Nauman's grandfather, Albin Provosty, was a state senator, and his great-uncle, Olivier Provosty, was chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Those to be inducted into the Political Hall of Fame during the Feb. 7 ceremony in Winnfield include state Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell; former state Rep. Charles Emile "Peppi" Bruneau; former state Rep. John "Juba" Diez; former state Sen. and Rep. Noble Ellington; political columnist John Maginnis, who died last year; and former Judge Charles "Corky" Marvin.
Nauman Scott II was appointed by President Richard Nixon to the federal bench in Alexandria in 1970. He served until his death in 2001 at the age of 85. He implemented a desegregation plan for Rapides Parish public schools, which made him highly unpopular in some areas of the parish.
Jock Scott, who died in 2009 at the age of 61, served three terms in the state House of Representatives, beginning in 1976.
He began his career as a Democrat but later switched to the GOP. He was named "National Legislator of the Year" by the National Republican Legislators Association in 1987. He twice ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jock authored "To The Victor: A Novel of Louisiana Politics" in 1986 and "Natalie Scott: A Magnificent Life," a biography of his great-aunt, in 2008.
In 1980, Judge Scott issued a federal order that closed some Rapides Parish schools and revised attendance zones, and he became vilified in some areas. The order also led to a nationally publicized showdown with 9th District Judge Richard "Dick" Lee in the "Buckeye Three" case, in which Scott prevailed.
Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com
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