Scott Pruitt is an established politician and legal practitioner. He is a Republican. He was the fourteenth administrator of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as appointed by President Donald Trump until his resignation in 2018. The family man is a deacon in his local Baptist church. An athletic man, Pruitt was so good at baseball that he earned a scholarship through it. He was also good at football. Atypical of Republicans, Pruitt is a non-believer in climate change, something that have seen him receive backlash from the opposing Democrats.
Scott Pruitt – Bio
Edward Scott Pruitt was born on 9th of May 1968 in Danville, Kentucky, USA. His parents are Edward Pruitt and Linda Pruitt Warner and they are Americans. As a boy, he grew up in Lexington with his three young siblings – Scott is the oldest child. He was very good at sports, especially baseball and this earned him a sports scholarship to Kentucky University, where he played as a second base player. After a year, he transferred to Georgetown College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications, in 1990.
After that, he moved over to Tulsa, in Oklahoma, enrolling in the University of Tulsa College of Law. He graduated in 1993 with a Juris Doctor.
After his graduation in 1993, Scott Pruitt started a solo legal firm that he named Christian Legal Services, in Tulsa. The objective of this law firm was to defend Christians in religious cases.
After five years of legal practice, Pruitt joined politics and ran for Senate as a Republican. He was elected as Oklahoma state senator in 1998, representing Tulsa and Wagoner counties. After two years in the Senate, he was elected as the Republican Whip from 2001 to 2003 and subsequently as a Republican floor Leader, a post which he held till 2006.
In 2010, he vied for the position of the Attorney General of Oklahoma. He won it and held that position until 2016. In 2016, President Donald Trump nominated him as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and on 17th February 2017, the Senate confirmed his nomination by a vote of 52-46.
While a Senator, Scott Pruitt’s annual salary was $38, 400, but in 2003, he partnered with another Republican, Robert A. Funk, to buy an A-list baseball team, the Oklahoma City Redhawks, for a reported whooping sum of $11.5 million. It was believed that Pruitt financed his own part of the purchase with a loan he got from SpiritBank. In 2010, they sold the team for an undisclosed fee and profit.
It is believed Pruitt has about $1 million investable assets, and he is worth about $5 million.
Family And Wife
In 1992, Scott Pruitt got married to Marilyn Pruitt, formerly, Marilyn Lloyd. Their marriage brought forth two children, a daughter, McKenna Pruitt, and son, Cade Pruitt. Scott Pruitt is a Christian and member of Southern Baptist Church although he fellowships with his family at the First Baptist Church Of Broken Arrow. From reports, it is gathered that Pruitt serves as a Deacon in the local church. He was also a trustee member of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Why Did He Resign?
Scott Pruitt resigned from his appointment on the trails of several extravagant spending of taxpayers money and his undisclosed sources of wealth. He came under heavy criticism with regards to how he threw money about. He also on several occasions failed to give clarity on his sources of wealth, flamboyant lifestyle and spendings.
For instance, in 2017, he flew first class on a trip to Italy and spent more than $120 k. The New York Times, once reported that he spent $50 per night from taxpayers money on a condo he lived for 6 months.
On 5th July 2018, Pruitt resigned as the Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency. He resigned amidst scandals, accusations, and controversies trailing him. He was accused of corruption and misusing the Agency’s funds for personal gains. He was also accused of extravagantly spending taxpayers money while traveling abroad. It has been reported that he has spent above $68K flying first class and spending on expensive hotels. He has also been accused of spending more than $40 K in making his office soundproof. Hence, many Senators and politicians called for his resignation.