Scott Perry (politician)

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Scott Perry
Scott Perry official photo.jpg
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 10th district
Assuming office
January 3, 2019
Succeeding Tom Marino
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Jason Altmire
Succeeded by Madeleine Dean (Elect)
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 56)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Christy Perry
Children 2
Education Pennsylvania State University (BS)
United States Army War College (MS)
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 2nd Battalion (General Support), 104th Aviation Regiment
166th Regiment (Regional Training Institute)
Fort Indiantown Gap
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

Perry was born in San Diego, 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.[3] 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.[3] In 1980, he graduated from Northern High School and the Cumberland-Perry Vo-Tech School.[4] 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.[5]

Military service

Army National Guard

Perry began his military career in 1980 when he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.[6] He attended basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey,[6] and graduated from Advanced Individual Training[7] at Fort Belvoir, Virginia as a technical drafting specialist.[8] He graduated from Pennsylvania's Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery.[6]

After receiving his commission, Perry qualified as a helicopter pilot in the Aviation branch.[9] 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.[10]

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.[10] 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.[10] Perry was credited with flying 44 missions and accruing nearly 200 combat flight hours.[10]


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).[10] From 2012 to 2014, Perry commanded the garrison at the Fort Indiantown Gap National Training Center.[10] 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.[6] In May 2016, Perry was assigned as assistant adjutant general for Army at the Pennsylvania National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters.[10]

Awards and decorations

Perry's awards and decorations include:[10]

Dates of promotion

Since receiving his commission in 1984, Perry's effective dates of promotion are:[10]

  • Brigadier general, 28 September 2015
  • Colonel, 22 December 2010
  • Lieutenant colonel, 14 April 2005
  • Major, 13 July 1998
  • Captain, 6 September 1990
  • First lieutenant, 18 May 1987
  • Second lieutenant, 19 May 1984


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 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.[19]



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.[20]

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%.[21]


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%.[22]


Perry was unchallenged in the 2016 Republican primary. His Democratic Party challenger in the general election was Joshua Burkholder of Harrisburg.[23] Perry won the election 66%–34%.[24]



Perry has received the following ratings from advocacy organizations:[25]

  • FreedomWorks: 100%
  • Americans for Prosperity: 94%
  • The Club for Growth: 91%
  • United States Chamber of Commerce: 98%
  • The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B+
  • League of Conservation Voters: 3%
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee assignments

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?.[26] 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.[27]


  1. ^ "Scott Gordon Perry". Washington Times. Associated Press. Archived from the original on July 22, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  2. ^ Neff, Blake (February 3, 2014). "Perry's hard road to Capitol Hill". The Hill. Washington, DC.
  3. ^ a b "Perry's hard road to Capitol Hill".
  4. ^ "Rep. Scott Perry bio". Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus. 2008. Retrieved January 11, 2009.
  5. ^ "Representative Scott Perry profile". Project Vote Smart. Project Vote Smart. 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Scott Perry's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  8. ^ "Served Our Country in the Military and Now in Office – Congressman-Elect Scott Perry". December 13, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "Biography, Brigadier General Scott Perry". National Guard General Officer Management Office. Arlington, VA: National Guard Bureau. 2015. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Biography, Brigadier General Scott Perry".
  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. ^ Samuels, Brett (2018-01-18). "GOP lawmaker: 'Something's not adding up' on Las Vegas shooting". TheHill. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  20. ^ "USA TODAY: Latest World and US News –". Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  21. ^ "House Map – Election 2012 –". Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  22. ^ "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.
  23. ^ 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.
  24. ^ "Full 2016 election results: Pennsylvania House 04". Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  25. ^ "Scott Perry, Representative for Pennsylvania's 4th Congressional District -". Retrieved 2018-09-17.
  26. ^ Hermann, Adam (August 3, 2018). "Rep. Scott Perry still touts his fake Sacha Baron Cohen award". Philly Voice. Philadelphia, PA.
  27. ^ 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

Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
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Beto O'Rourke
United States Representatives by seniority
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