Scott Perry (politician)

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Scott Perry
Scott Perry, official portrait, 116th congress.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byTodd Russell Platts (Redistricting)
Constituency4th district (2013–2019)
10th district (2019–present)
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 92nd district
In office
January 2, 2007 – November 30, 2012
Preceded byBruce Smith
Succeeded byMike Regan
Personal details
Born
Scott Gordon Perry

(1962-05-27) May 27, 1962 (age 59)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Christy Perry
Children2
EducationPennsylvania State University (BS)
United States Army War College (MS)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1980–2019
RankArmy-USA-OF-06.svg Brigadier General
UnitPennsylvania Army National Guard
Commands2nd Battalion (General Support), 104th Aviation Regiment
166th Regiment (Regional Training Institute)
Fort Indiantown Gap
Battles/warsIraq War

Scott Gordon Perry (born May 27, 1962)[1] is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district, serving in Congress since 2013. The district, numbered as the 4th district from 2013 to 2019, includes Harrisburg, York and most of their inner suburbs.

A member of the Republican Party, he served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 92nd district from 2007 to 2013. Perry is a retired Pennsylvania Army National Guard Brigadier General.

Early life and education[edit]

Perry was born in San Diego, California. His family moved to Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, a suburb of York, when he was seven.[2] His mother and stepfather often struggled to find work, and their house had no running water or electricity.[2] Perry and his brother began working at an early age to help supplement the family income, and from age 13 until he was in his 20s, his jobs included fruit picker, draftsman, dockworker, and insurance agent.[2] In 1980, he graduated from Northern High School and Cumberland-Perry Vo-Tech School.[3]

In 1991, Perry graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and management. In July 2012, he earned a master's degree in strategic planning from the United States Army War College.[4]

Military service[edit]

Army National Guard[edit]

Perry began his military career in 1980 when he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.[5] He attended basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey,[5] and graduated from Advanced Individual Training[6] at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, as a technical drafting specialist.[7] He graduated from Pennsylvania's Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery.[5]

After receiving his commission, Perry qualified as a helicopter pilot in the Aviation branch.[8] He served in a variety of staff and command assignments as he advanced through the ranks, including executive officer of 1st Squadron, 104th Cavalry Regiment during deployment to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2002–3, and commander of 2nd Battalion (General Support), 104th Aviation Regiment beginning in 2008.[9]

War in Iraq[edit]

In 2009–10, Perry commanded 2nd Battalion, 104th Aviation Regiment during its pre-deployment training and service in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom.[9] As Task Force Diablo, 2-104th Aviation was credited with flying 1,400 missions, accruing over 13,000 combat flight hours, and transporting over 3 million pounds of cargo and 43,000 soldiers and civilians.[9] Perry was credited with flying 44 missions and accruing nearly 200 combat flight hours.[9]

Post-Iraq[edit]

Brig. Gen. Scott Perry in 2015

After returning from Iraq, Perry was promoted to colonel and assigned to command the Pennsylvania National Guard's 166th Regiment (Regional Training Institute) (2010–12).[9] From 2012 to 2014, he commanded the garrison at the Fort Indiantown Gap National Training Center.[9] In May 2014, Perry was assigned as one of the assistant division commanders of the 28th Infantry Division, and he was promoted to brigadier general in November 2015.[5] In May 2016, Perry was assigned as assistant adjutant general for Army at the Pennsylvania National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters.[9] He retired from the Pennsylvania National Guard on March 1, 2019.[10]

Hydro technology career[edit]

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, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection accused the company of altering sewage monitoring reports while doing work for the Memphord Estates Sewage Treatment Company. Perry faced criminal 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 criminal charges, which allowed him to keep his U.S security clearance.[11] He maintains his innocence.[12]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[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.[13] He won the general election with 71% of the vote.[14] He took office on January 2, 2007.[15] In 2008, he was reelected to a second term unopposed.[16] In 2010, he was reelected to a third term unopposed.[16]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Appropriations
  • Rules
  • Labor Relations
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness[17]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2012[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 U.S. Comptroller General, he spoke to Perry about his running for the seat.[18]

Perry won a seven-way primary with over 50% of the vote. Although outspent nearly 2 to 1 in the campaign, he beat his closest competitor with nearly 3 times as many votes.

On November 6, 2012, Perry defeated Democrat Harry Perkinson 60%–34%.[19]

2014[edit]

In 2014, Perry was unchallenged in the Republican primary. His Democratic Party challenger in the general election was former Harrisburg mayor Linda D. Thompson. Perry won the general election 75%–25%.[20]

2016[edit]

Perry was unchallenged in the 2016 Republican primary. His Democratic Party challenger in the general election was Joshua Burkholder of Harrisburg.[21] Perry won the election 66%–34%.[22]

2018[edit]

After ruling that the state's congressional map was an unconstitutional gerrymander, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a new map for the 2018 elections. Perry's district was renumbered the 10th and made significantly more compact than its predecessor. It lost most of the more rural and Republican areas of York County to the neighboring 11th district (the old 16th). To make up for the loss in population, it was pushed slightly to the north, absorbing the remainder of Democratic-leaning Dauphin County that had not been in the old 4th.[23] On paper, the new district was less Republican than its predecessor. Had the district existed in 2016, Donald Trump would have won it with 52% of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 43%;[24] Trump carried the old 4th with 58% of the vote.[25]

Pastor and Army veteran George Scott won the Democratic primary by a narrow margin and challenged Perry in the general election for the reconfigured 10th. The two debated each other in October before Perry won election with 51.3% of the vote to Scott's 48.7%, with the new district boundaries taking effect in 2019.[26][27][28][29] Perry held on by winning the district's share of his home county, York County, by 11,600 votes, almost double the overall margin of 7,700.[30] This was the district's closest race since 1974, when Bill Goodling won his first term in what was then the 19th with 51% of the vote.[31] It was also the first time since then that a Democrat crossed the 40% mark.

2020[edit]

Perry was reelected with 53% of the vote.[32]

Tenure[edit]

Perry is a member of the Freedom Caucus.[33]

In October 2017, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Perry accused CNN anchor Chris Cuomo of exaggerating the crisis in Puerto Rico.[34]

In January 2018, Perry suggested that ISIS might have been involved in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, but authorities have maintained that gunman Stephen Paddock acted alone.[35][36][37]

In December 2019, Perry was one of 195 Republicans to vote against both articles of impeachment against President Trump.[38]

In October 2020, Perry was one of 17 Republicans who voted against a House resolution to formally condemn the QAnon conspiracy theory.[39] He said he voted against the resolution because he was concerned about infringements on free speech, saying "it's very dangerous for the government ... to determine what is okay to like and what is not okay to like."[40][41]

After the 2020 elections, Perry promoted false claims of fraud in the elections.[42][43]

In December 2020, Perry was one of 126 Republican House members to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[44] Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[45][46][47]

On January 6, 2021, Perry joined Missouri Senator Josh Hawley in objecting to the counting of Pennsylvania's electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.[48] During the storming of the U.S. Capitol that day, Perry and his congressional colleagues were ushered to a secure location.[49]

Perry reportedly played a role in a crisis at the Justice Department in which Trump considered firing acting attorney general Jeffrey A. Rosen and replacing him with Jeffrey Bossert Clark, the acting chief of the civil division of the Department of Justice.[43] Perry introduced Clark to Trump because Clark's "openness to conspiracy theories about election fraud presented Mr. Trump with a welcome change from the acting attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, who stood by the results of the election and had repeatedly resisted the president's efforts to undo them."[43] Before the certification of the electoral college vote on January 6, Perry and Clark reportedly discussed a plan in which the Justice Department would send Georgia legislators a letter threatening an investigation into voter fraud and an invalidation of Georgia's electoral votes, even though "the department’s dozens of voter fraud investigations nationwide had not turned up enough instances of fraud to alter the outcome of the election."[43]

In February 2021, Perry introduced an amendment to a pandemic relief bill being considered in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that would have eliminated all federal funding for Amtrak. The amendment failed to pass a vote.[50]

In March 2021, he voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.[51][52] Perry said only 9 percent of the bill's spending is alloted to defeat of the COVID-19 virus, while the rest would advance Democratic policies.[53]

In April 2021, at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee meeting, Perry said, "For many Americans, what seems to be happening or what they believe right now is happening is, what appears to them is we're replacing national-born American—native-born Americans to permanently transform the political landscape of this very nation." Philip Bump of The Washington Post criticized his comments.[54]

In June 2021, Perry was one of 21 House Republicans to vote against a resolution to give the Congressional Gold Medal to police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6.[55] Perry cosponsored a bill, introduced the same day, that would give the same medal to police officers without mentioning the attack.[56]

At the June 2021 Republican Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, Perry gave a lengthy speech denouncing all Democrats as dangerous, disloyal, traitorous, and un-American. He said, "They are not the loyal opposition. They are the opposition to everything you love and believe in." Perry repeatedly compared Democrats and other critics of Republican policies to Nazis. He also argued that Democrats are intentionally wrecking the US economy, saying, "They want to destroy the country that you grew up in."[57]

Foreign policy[edit]

In 2020, Perry voted against the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021, which in part would prevent the president from withdrawing soldiers from Afghanistan without congressional approval.[58]

In March 2021, Perry was one of 14 House Republicans who voted against a measure condemning the Myanmar coup d'état that overwhelmingly passed.[59]

Committee assignments[60][edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

References[edit]

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

2007–2012
Succeeded by
Mike Regan
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jason Altmire
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district

2013–2019
Succeeded by
Madeleine Dean
Preceded by
Tom Marino
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 10th congressional district

2019–present
Incumbent
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Markwayne Mullin
United States representatives by seniority
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Scott Peters