Scott Perry (politician)

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Scott Gordon 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[1] – November 30, 2012
Preceded by Bruce Smith
Succeeded by Mike Regan
Personal details
Born (1962-05-27) May 27, 1962 (age 56)[2]
San Diego, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Christy Perry; 2 children
Residence Carroll Township, York County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Penn State University United States Army War College
Religion Church of the United Brethren in Christ
Website Representative Scott Perry
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1980–present
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Commands 166th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard

Scott Gordon Perry (born May 27, 1962) 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

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.[3] 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.[4]

Military service

Army National Guard

Perry began his military career in 1980 when he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He attended basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, graduating Advanced Individual Training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia as a technical drafting specialist. He graduated as the President of Class 24 of Pennsylvania’s Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery.[citation needed]

He served as an Aerial Observer in HHB 28th Infantry Division Artillery (DIVARTY). He was assigned to the 1-108th Field Artillery as a Fire Support Team Leader before transferring to Company A, 28th Aviation General Support, as a section leader. He served as a scout platoon leader in Troop C (Air) 1/104 Cavalry; Commander of Detachment 1, HHT 1/104 Cavalry; Commander, Troop C (Air) 1/104 Cavalry; A2C2 officer – 28 Aviation Brigade; Assistant S3 Air, 28ID(M); S2, 28th AVN BDE; Executive Officer, 1/104 Cavalry; Executive Officer, Task Force Saber, Multi-National Division (North), Bosnia; Safety Officer, SAAO, PA Joint Forces HQ.[citation needed].

War in Iraq

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.[5]


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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.[6] Perry maintains his innocence.[7]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives


In 2006, State Representative Bruce Smith of Pennsylvania's 92nd House District decided to retire. He won the Republican primary with 41% of the vote.[8] He won the general election with 71% of the vote.[9] In 2008, He won re-election to a second term unopposed.[10] In 2010, he won re-election to a third term unopposed.[10]


During his first session he become the prime sponsor of 12 bills and co-sponsoring others. Included in his legislative agenda were issues such as calling for a constitutional convention and holding the line against excessive spending. In the 2009–10 session, Perry served as prime sponsor of 17 bills, most notably House Bill 40, now known as the Castle Doctrine, which allows Pennsylvania residents to defend themselves in the face of imminent violent attack, without having to retreat in the face of a criminal. This legislation was enacted on June 28, 2011, when Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill into law. In the 2010–11 session, Perry prime sponsored bills aimed to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, restrict the growth of spending in the state budget, protect taxpayers who pay their taxes in an escrow account, eliminate the estate tax, and authorize a Legislative Budget Finance Committee study of performance-based budgeting in Pennsylvania. He also co-sponsored bills that, mandate photo identification for welfare cash assistance cards, known as “EBT”, mandating Social Security number verification for state benefits, requiring photo ID verification of employees by employers, and increasing prize limits for gambling at private and social clubs.[citation needed]

Committee assignments

  • Appropriations
  • Rules
  • Labor Relations
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness.[11]

Caucus memberships

  • 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

U.S. House of Representatives



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 him running for the seat.[12]

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%.[13]


In 2014, Perry was unchallenged in the Republican primary. His challenger in the general election will be the former Harrisburg mayor, Democrat Linda D. Thompson.

Committee assignments

Personal life

Perry currently resides in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania with his wife Christy and two daughters. He is active in the Jaycees and held the office of regional director for the state organization. He is a member of Dillsburg Legion Post #26 and Dillsburg VFW Post #6771. He is a past president of the Pennsylvania Young Republicans, the Northern York County Republican Club, and the York County Young Republicans.[citation needed]


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

Succeeded by
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bruce Smith
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 92nd District
Succeeded by
Mike Regan
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Beto O'Rourke
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Scott Peters