Charles Joseph Scarborough is an American television host, attorney, political commentator, and a former politician. He is the co-host of Mornibg Joe on MSNBC.
Early Life, Family & Education
Scarborough was born in April 9, 1963, in Atlanta, to Mary Joanna and George Francis Scarborough, a businessman. He has two siblings.
His family moved to Meridian, Mississippi 1969, and then to Elmira, New York in 1973 and Pensacola, Florida in 1978.
Scarborough attended Pensacola Catholic High School in Pensacola, Florida, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Alabama in 1985. He later further his education at the University of Florida College of Law in 1990.
During this time, he wrote music and produced CDs with his band, Dixon Mills, including the album Calling on Robert E. Lee, and he also coached football and taught high school.
Marriages, Divorce & Children
Scarborough met Melanie Hinton at an event and both dated till they got married in 1986. The couple had two sons and divorced in 1999.
In October 2001, Scarborough married his second wife, Susan Waren, a former aide to Florida governor Jeb Bush and also a former congressional committee staffer.
The announced the welcome of their daughter who was born in August 2003, while their son was born in May 2008.
Scarborough and Waren were divorced in January 2013.
In early 2017, during a trip to Antibes, France, he became engaged to his co-host Mika Brzezinski. The couple married on November 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C., in a ceremony officiated by U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings.
Scarborough was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1991 and practiced law in Pensacola. The most high-profiled case Scarborough had represented was that of Micheal F. Griffin, who murdered Dr. Gunn in 1993.
Scarborough’s political profile was also raised when he assisted with a petition drive, in late-1993, opposing a proposed sixty-five percent increase in Pensacola’s property taxes.
Scarborough won the Republican Party primary in 1994 for Florida’s 1st congressional district. The seat had come open when eight-term Democratic incumbent Earl Hutto announced his retirement.
Scarborough defeated the Democratic candidate, Pensacola attorney Vince “Vinnie” Whibbs Jr., the general election with 61 percent of the vote.
During his congressional career, he received a 95 percent lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union. He signed the Contractwith America.
Scarborough served on the Armed Services, Judiciary, Government Reform and Education committees.
He was named chairman of the Civil Service Committee In 1998.
While still serving in Congress in 1999, Scarborough founded the free weekly Pensacola-area newspaper The Florida Sun which merged in 2001 and is now known as the Independent News.
In May 2001, five months into his fourth term in Congress, Scarborough announced his intention to resign to spend more time with his children. Of his resignation, Scarborough said, “The realization has come home to me that they’re at a critical stage of their lives and I would rather be judged at the end of my life as a father than as a congressman.”
Earning his net worth through his years in politics, law, radio and TV, Joe Scarborough has an estimated net worth of $25 million.