RELEASE: Waco Small Business Owner and Republican Scott Bland Announces Run for Congress in TX-17

Waco, TX – Today Scott Bland, a Waco native and local small business owner of his family’s nearly five-decade old construction company, Jim Bland Construction, announced his candidacy for Congress as a Republican in Texas’s 17th District:

As a lifelong Texan whose family started a small business in this community nearly five decades ago, I’m not willing to let socialist politicians destroy our way of life and attack our President. I’ll stand strong with President Trump against the far-left’s impeachment obsession, and as the manager of my family’s construction company, I’ll show career politicians a thing or two about building a wall,” Bland said.While Congressman Flores is leaving some big shoes to fill, I’ve had the opportunity to create jobs and help serve this community, and I’m ready to go to Washington and work with the President to keep Texas great.”

Scott Bland was born and raised in Waco. An alumnus of Baylor University, Scott worked for Highland Homes in the Dallas area from 1998 to 2001, before joining the United States Secret Service as a Special Agent after the 9/11 attacks.  Scott retired his commission in 2006 to return to Waco and take over the family business, Jim Bland Construction, where he has served as owner and president of the company for over 10 years.

Scott is the former President of the Heart of Texas Builder’s Association and currently serves on the board of NeighborWorks where he helps create affordable new housing across Central Texas. A leading voice for advancing access to technical education, Scott worked with the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy to create a Construction Sciences Academy that gives local students an opportunity to learn the construction industry.

Scott is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce.

Texas’s 17th Congressional district covers all or parts of 12 counties in Central Texas, stretching from Waco to Bryan-College Station. The district is an open seat in 2020 following the announcement of Representative Bill Flores’s retirement.

To learn more about Scott and his campaign to defend conservative principles in Washington, visit