Biography For Rep. Cook Scott

State Rep. Bettie Cook Scott is serving her third term in the House. She completed her first two terms in the House in 2007-2008 and in 2009-2010. She represents Michigan’s 2nd House District, which includes the cities of Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park and a portion of Detroit.

When she served in the House previously, Rep. Scott was a member of the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus and sat on the Judiciary, Labor and Regulatory Reform committees. There, she worked to amend the Driver Responsibility Act and focused on auto insurance, public safety and education policies. As she returns for her final term, Rep. Scott is focused crafting legislation to address financial literacy for high school students and retirees, proposing legislation to increase funding for public transportation, advocating for equal pay for equal work, and creating opportunities for good-paying jobs.

Before serving in the House, Rep. Scott was a teacher at Detroit public schools for three years before serving her community as a police officer. She then went on to retire from the Detroit Police Department after more than 17 years of service. She is the founder of the Calumet Townhouses Community Board, president of the 3-Mile Block Club and creator of Detroit’s Adopt-A-Cop program for at-risk youth. She also served as a precinct delegate for more than 10 years. She has been a proud member of Philip Sims Senior Housing Board, the Detroit Chapter of American Businesswomen’s Association, the National Council of Negro Women, and the Detroit Association of Colored Women. Since 2012, she has been a member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women and since 2014, she has been proud to serve as a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force. In 2014, Rep. Scott also became a member at the Grosse Pointe location of the international women’s organization, Soroptimist, where she has helped empower women and girls to achieve their full potential. In 2015, she also played an instrumental role in establishing the Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods chapter of the NAACP.

Rep. Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in education and sociology from Wayne State University and graduated from the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University.

She has a son, Alvin, and a daughter, Jennifer.