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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
Scott Gordon Perry

(1962-05-27) May 27, 1962 (age 58)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Christy Perry
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
US-O7 insignia.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 those cities' inner suburbs.

A Republican, he previously served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 92nd district (2007–2013). Perry is also a retired Pennsylvania Army National Guard Brigadier General.

Early life and education

Perry was born in San Diego, California and his family moved to Pennsylvania when he was seven years old.[2] His mother and stepfather often struggled to find work, and their house had no running water nor 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 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 United States 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.[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 Battalion, 104th Cavalry Regiment during deployment to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2002–2003, and commander of 2nd Battalion (General Support), 104th Aviation Regiment beginning in 2008.[9]

War in Iraq

In 2009–2010, 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]


Brig. Gen. Scott Perry in 2015
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) (2010–2012).[9] From 2012 to 2014, Perry 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]


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 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.[11] Perry maintains his innocence.[12]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives


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 won re-election to a second term unopposed.[16] In 2010, he won re-election to a third term unopposed.[16]

Committee assignments

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

U.S. House of Representatives

Perry is a member of the Freedom Caucus.[18]

In October 2017, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Perry accused CNN anchor Chris Cuomo of exaggerating the crisis in Puerto Rico.[19]

In January 2018, Perry suggested that ISIS may have committed the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, in contrast to local and federal law enforcement officials' assertions that it was committed by Stephen Paddock who had no ISIS affiliation.[20]

In December 2019, Perry was one of 195 Republicans who voted in unison against both articles of impeachment against President Trump.[21]



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.[22]

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%.[23]


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%.[24]


Perry was unchallenged in the 2016 Republican primary. His Democratic Party challenger in the general election was Joshua Burkholder of Harrisburg.[25] Perry won the election 66%–34%.[26]


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court remapped all of the state's U.S. House districts for elections in 2018. Perry's district was renumbered as the 10th, and made significantly more compact than its predecessor. It lost most of the more rural and Republican areas of York County. 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.[27] 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 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 43 percent;[28] Trump carried the old 4th with 58 percent of the vote.[29]

Pastor and fellow Army veteran George Scott won the Democratic primary by a narrow margin and challenged Perry in the general election for representation from the renumbered tenth district. The two debated each other in October before Perry won election with 51.3 percent of the vote in November, to Scott's 48.7 percent, with the new district boundaries taking effect in 2019.[30][31][32][33] 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 votes.[34]


Committee assignments

In the 116th Congress (2019–2020), Perry is a member of the following committees:[35]

Who is America? segment

In 2018, Perry was pranked by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen into accepting the non-existent "70 for 70" award, supposedly in recognition of the anniversary of the founding Israel, in a segment on Cohen's mockumentary show Who is America?.[40] After Cohen's revelation that it is not a real award, Perry's campaign website continued until August 7, 2018, to include "70 for 70" among the honors and recognition he has received. Perry issued a statement on August 3 acknowledging the error and questioning its newsworthiness.[41]


  1. ^ "Scott Gordon Perry". Washington Times. Associated Press. Archived from the original on July 22, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Neff, Blake (February 3, 2014). "Perry's hard road to Capitol Hill". The Hill. Washington, DC.
  3. ^ "Rep. Scott Perry bio". Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus. 2008. Retrieved January 11, 2009.
  4. ^ "Representative Scott Perry profile". Project Vote Smart. Project Vote Smart. 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Scott Perry's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  7. ^ "Served Our Country in the Military and Now in Office – Congressman-Elect Scott Perry". December 13, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  8. ^ "Biography, Brigadier General Scott Perry". National Guard General Officer Management Office. Arlington, VA: National Guard Bureau. 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Biography, Brigadier General Scott Perry".
  10. ^ "Biography, Congressman Scott Perry". U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  11. ^ Trimmer, Eric (January 2, 2006). "Candidate emerges as Smith's successor". The Hanover Evening Sun. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  12. ^ Scolforo, Mark (November 14, 2010). "Arrest records of state lawmakers raise questions of standards". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  13. ^ "PA State House 092 – R Primary Race – May 16, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  14. ^ "PA State House 092 Race – Nov 07, 2006". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  15. ^ "SESSION OF 2007 191ST OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY No. 1" (PDF). LEGISLATIVE JOURNAL. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. January 2, 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  16. ^ a b "PA State House 092 Race – Nov 04, 2008". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  17. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on November 26, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  18. ^ "House Freedom Caucus Forms 'Fight Club' in House". 218. July 22, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  19. ^ Tornoe, Rob (October 12, 2017). "Pa. congressman gets into heated argument with CNN host over Puerto Rico". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  20. ^ Samuels, Brett (January 18, 2018). "GOP lawmaker: 'Something's not adding up' on Las Vegas shooting". TheHill. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  21. ^ "Trump is impeached: How did House members vote?". Al Jazeera. December 19, 2019. Retrieved January 16, 2020.
  22. ^ "USA TODAY: Latest World and US News –". Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  23. ^ "House Map – Election 2012 –". Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  24. ^ "Pennsylvania 2014 General Election – November 4, 2014 Official Results". Pennsylvania Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ "Full 2016 election results: Pennsylvania House 04". Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  27. ^ Cohn, Nate (February 19, 2018). "The New Pennsylvania Congressional Map, District by District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  28. ^ Presidential results by congressional district for districts used in 2018, from Daily Kos
  29. ^ Presidential results by congressional district for districts used in 2016, from Daily Kos
  30. ^ Mahon, Ed (March 5, 2018). "Who is running for Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District?". York Daily Record. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  31. ^ "May 15 Pennsylvania Primary results: U.S. House". WGAL. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  32. ^ Shelly, Nora (August 1, 2017). "York County pastor launches campaign to unseat Scott Perry". PennLive. PA Media Group. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  33. ^ "2018 General Election Representative in Congress". Pennsylvania Secretary of State. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  34. ^ "Pennsylvania House of Representatives election results 2018". CNN. November 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
  35. ^ "Committees and Subcommittees". Congressman Scott Perry. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  36. ^ "Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation". House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  37. ^ "Oversight and Investigations". House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  38. ^ "Aviation". The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  39. ^ "Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials". The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  40. ^ Hermann, Adam (August 3, 2018). "Rep. Scott Perry still touts his fake Sacha Baron Cohen award". Philly Voice. Philadelphia, PA.
  41. ^ Hullinger, Logan (August 8, 2018). "Scott Perry falls victim to Sacha Baron Cohen prank on 'Who is America?'". York Dispatch. Retrieved August 13, 2018.

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

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

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

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Markwayne Mullin
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Scott Peters
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