Leader of the Progressive Conservatives, Senior Senator for Kansas
Date of Birth:
August 20, 1939
Orval Scott was born just days before the full escalation of the European War and the full-scale invasion of Poland. Part of a younger generation of politicians, he rose up quickly through political patronage and contacts from wealth. A high school political aspirant, he worked on the political campaign of the Mayor of Wichita before being unsatisfied with the mayor’s populist style. After graduation, he took a gap year, founding the Kansas Grain Exchange business with a loan from his uncle, the accomplishments from which gained him acceptance into Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied economics.
Upon graduation, he worked for three years as a sales manager for Ford Automobiles’ Mountain States offices, before leaving to found the Mountain States Equipment Exchange in St. Louis, converting scrap and used vehicles into working machines, contributing some profits to charity. A highly successful marketer, he was tapped to be the Director of Campaigns for the Progressive Party, first in Missouri then in his native Kansas.
When he turned twenty seven, Orval ran in a special election for his first House seat in Kansas, winning by 63% of the vote, with accusations of vote rigging flying from both sides. Claims were made that his opponent was unfaithful, and that Orval was homosexual - the slanders by and against him harming his standing, if only due to it being viewed poorly, rather than believed. Follow the campaign, Orval married socialite Andrea Vanderbilt, from a branch of the family that had moved westwards. She took over management of his remaining business interests while he was in office.
In Congress, Orval developed a conflicting reputation - being involved in backing specific appropriations and earmarking deals, but also campaigning against corruption on a wider scale. After defeating an incompetent challenger to achieve re-election, Orval was immersed in a minor scandal, wherein his wife was accused of profiting indirectly from purchases tied to earmarked companies. However the claims were never proven, and no charges levied. Despite marital problems ensuing from this, a widely-publicised reconciliation was seen, with Orval and his wife now “proud” to have overcome these issues “with the help of God”.
In his next Congressional term, Orval became involved in a large number of academic publications which drew on his eye for detail to analyze economic problems and fluctuations in the market. Concluding that deregulation, tax cuts, and a reduction in budget deficits was necessary for long-term growth, he and three other Congressmen founded the Moderate Club, which was later renamed the Market Club. When the only Republican member was later defeated, the infant movement became entirely Progressive, developing into the Progressive Conservative faction.
Campaigning heavily, Orval won his first election to the MS Senate for Kansas by reaching out to the people, aggressively making appearances, and using his good favor in the press. He secured massive campaign contributions and was elected by a healthy margin. Further contributions were then made by Orval to allies in the Progressive Conservative and Market movement, leading to a number of victories. Originally, the movement was under the respected Governor Rick Maxwell, but as Orval became more involved in the bureaucracy of the effort, the youngster gradually took over, becoming caucus leader in 1976.
In the last presidential election, Orval set up a focus group with the help of a large number of lobbying groups and well-funded think tanks, but elected not to run, endorsing instead the mainstream Progressive candidate and receiving a keynote at the PNC. In the last administration, he delivered the Progressive rebuttal to the State of the Union, which was well received but noted for its slow pace and focus on embarrassing the President instead of rallying the people against his ideology.