Scott Perry (politician)

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Scott Perry
Scott Perry official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Jason Altmire
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 92nd district
In office
January 2, 2007 – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Bruce Smith
Succeeded by Mike Regan
Personal details
Born Scott Gordon Perry
(1962-05-27) May 27, 1962 (age 55)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Christy Perry
Children 2
Residence Carroll Township, York County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Education Penn State University
United States Army War College
Website House website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1980–present
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Unit Pennsylvania Army National Guard
Commands 166th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard
Battles/wars Iraq War

Scott Gordon Perry (born May 27, 1962)[1] is the U.S Representative for Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district, serving since 2013. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 92nd legislative district (2007–2013). Perry is also a Brigadier General in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

Early life and education[edit]

Perry began his working career at age 13 picking fruit in Mechanicsburg[citation needed]. In 1980, he graduated from Northern High School and the Cumberland-Perry Vo-Tech School.[2] In 1991, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Management. In July 2012, he earned a master's degree in strategic planning from the US Army War College.[3]

Military service[edit]

Army National Guard[edit]

Perry began his military career in 1980 when he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.[4] He attended basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey,[4] graduating Advanced Individual Training[5] at Fort Belvoir, Virginia as a technical drafting specialist.[6] He graduated from Pennsylvania's Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery.[4] In November 2015, Perry was promoted to the rank of brigadier general.[4]

War in Iraq[edit]

In February 2008, he assumed command of the 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, in which he managed the unit's mobilization to and preparation at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, for its eventual deployment and combat mission as Task Force Diablo in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Task Force was credited with flying 1,400 missions, accruing over 13,000 combat flight hours, transporting over 3 million pounds of cargo and 43,000 soldiers and passengers (including civilian). As TF Commander, Perry flew 44 missions, accruing nearly 200 combat flight hours. Perry currently serves as Commander of the HQ 166th Regional Training Institute, Pennsylvania National Guard.[7]

Awards and decorations[edit]

[citation needed]


In 1993, Perry founded Hydrotech Mechanical Services, Inc., a mechanical contracting firm in Dillsburg. The firm provides contract construction and maintenance services to municipal and investor-owned utilities from North Carolina to New York specializing in large meter calibration. In 2002, allegations were raised by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection against Hydrotech that accused the company of altering sewage monitoring reports while doing work for the Memphord Estates Sewage Treatment Company. Perry faced charges of conspiring to falsify state mandated sewage records. Upon review of the situation and circumstances, he was allowed to complete a diversion program and avoid any charges, which allowed him to keep his U.S security clearance.[8] Perry maintains his innocence.[9]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[edit]


In 2006, State Representative Bruce Smith of Pennsylvania's 92nd House District decided to retire. Perry won the Republican primary with 41% of the vote.[10] He won the general election with 71% of the vote.[11] He took office on January 2, 2007.[12] In 2008, He won re-election to a second term unopposed.[13] In 2010, he won re-election to a third term unopposed.[13]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Appropriations
  • Rules
  • Labor Relations
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness[14]

Caucus memberships[edit]

  • Liberty Caucus
  • Motorsport Caucus
  • South Central PA Caucus
  • Military Installations and Base Development Caucus
  • Fire Fighters and Emergency Services Caucus
  • Career and Technical Education Caucus
  • Second Amendment Caucus
  • Bi-Partisan, Bi-Cameral Natural Gas Vehicle Caucus
  • Congressional Cement Caucus
  • Freedom Caucus[15]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



In 2012, Perry gave up his state house seat to run for the 4th congressional district. The district had previously been the 19th District, represented by six-term incumbent Republican Todd Platts, who was giving up the seat to honor a self-imposed term limit. In 2010, when Platts wanted to become the U.S. Comptroller General, he spoke to Perry about his running for the seat.[16]

Perry won a seven-way primary with over 50% of the vote. Although being outspent nearly 2 to 1 throughout the campaign he was able to beat his closest competitor on election day with nearly 3 times as many votes.

On November 6, 2012, Perry defeated Democrat Harry Perkinson 60%–34%.[17]


In 2014, Perry was unchallenged in the Republican primary. His Democratic party challenger in the general election was former mayor of Harrisburg, Linda D. Thompson. Perry won the general election 75%–25%.[18]


Perry was unchallenged in the 2016 Republican primary. His Democratic Party challenger in the general election was Joshua Burkholder of Harrisburg.[19] Perry won the election 66%–34%.[20]

Committee assignments[edit]


  1. ^ "Scott Gordon Perry". Washington Times. Associated Press. Archived from the original on July 22, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Rep. Scott Perry bio". Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  3. ^ "Representative Scott Perry profile". Project Vote Smart. Project Vote Smart. 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  4. ^ a b c d Gussman, Neil (November 15, 2015). "Pa. Army National Guard names new general". Defense Video Imagery Distribution System. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Scott Perry's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Served Our Country in the Military and Now in Office – Congressman-Elect Scott Perry". December 13, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Full Biography: Congressman Scott Perry". Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Trimmer, Eric (2 January 2006). "Candidate emerges as Smith's successor". The Hanover Evening Sun. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Scolforo, Mark (14 November 2010). "Arrest records of state lawmakers raise questions of standards". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "PA State House 092 – R Primary Race – May 16, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  11. ^ "PA State House 092 Race – Nov 07, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  12. ^ "SESSION OF 2007 191ST OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY No. 1" (PDF). LEGISLATIVE JOURNAL. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 2007-01-02. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  13. ^ a b "PA State House 092 Race – Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  14. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on November 26, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ Perry, Scott (October 21, 2015). "Rep. Scott Perry: Here's why I joined the House Freedom Caucus". York Daily Record. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  16. ^ "USA TODAY: Latest World and US News –". Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  17. ^ "House Map – Election 2012 –". Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  18. ^ "Pennsylvania 2014 General Election – November 4, 2014 Official Results". Pennsylvania Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  19. ^ Thompson, Charles (February 17, 2016). "Pa's Congressional race lineup: Like status quo? Voters will get chance to keep it.". The Patriot-News. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Full 2016 election results: Pennsylvania House 04". Retrieved 2016-11-12. 

External links[edit]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bruce Smith
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 92nd district

Succeeded by
Mike Regan
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jason Altmire
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Beto O'Rourke
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Scott Peters