Heather Scott

A resident of North Idaho for 25 years, Scott is originally from Ohio and holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Akron. She is co-chair of the far-right Idaho Freedom Caucus and a member of the Club for Growth and the Hazlit Coalition. Scott has served five terms in her district.

News Stories

Editorial • Editorial Board, Idaho Statesman • 02/08/2024

As if we needed another example that so many of Idaho’s Republican lawmakers can’t be taken seriously. Comes now perennial offender Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, with a bill to expand the state’s ban of cannibalism. She wants to expand the ban on cannibalism because she saw a video of people being fed sausages who were later told the sausages were made with human flesh. “I didn’t want to see that in my Home Depot stores,” Scott told the House State Affairs Committee (where all crazy bills are born). Turns out, of course, the video was a prank. No one was fed human flesh unawares. Scott’s bill is based entirely on a video-recorded prank that Scott couldn’t even have been bothered to research.

News • Daniel Walters, Investigate West • 05/13/2024

Freedom Caucus Network power broker Maria Nate blasted controversial state Rep. Heather Scott for support of “moderate” House speaker

News • Betsy Russell, Spokesman-Review • 01/12/2027

In an outburst that shocked and upset her fellow lawmakers, controversial North Idaho Rep. Heather Scott claimed female members of the Idaho House get leadership positions only if they “spread their legs.”

She’s facing a possible formal reprimand after her outburst.

Scott, R-Blanchard, made the comment during the Legislature’s organizational session in December, in the House lounge with multiple lawmakers present. She repeated it on the floor of the House later.

According to an Idaho Statesman article published late Wednesday, Scott angrily made the remark to Rep. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale, just after Boyle had learned that she would be the new chair of the House Agriculture Committee.

News • Cyntia Sewell, Idaho Statesman • 12/20/2024

Her code name: greenbean. Her assigned task during “Operation Armed Backyard”: Identify Patriot bail bondsmen. These are among the more than a dozen references to North Idaho state Rep. Heather Scott, R-Blanchard, in a 100-page investigative report prepared for the Washington House of Representatives on one of its members, Republican Rep. Matt Shea, whose eastern Washington district in Spokane County abuts Idaho. The damning report found that “Shea participated in an act of domestic terrorism against the United States.” Washington lawmakers had asked investigators to determine whether Shea engaged in, planned or promoted political violence; identify his involvement with groups that engage in or promote political violence; and “assess the level of threat posed by these individuals and groups.” The four-month investigation found that “Shea, as a leader in the Patriot movement, planned, engaged in and promoted” three armed conflicts between 2014 and 2016: in Bunkerville, Nevada; in Priest River, Idaho; and at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, an armed takeover that captured the nation’s attention in January and February 2016.

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