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Biography

Elected: 2012, 1st term.

Born: May 27, 1962, San Diego

Home: Dillsburg

Education: Pennsylvania State University, B.A. 1991; U.S. Army War College, M.S.P. 2012

Professional Career: Co-owner, Hydrotech Mechanical Services, 1993-present; insurance sales agent, 1984-85; dock worker, Dauphin Distribution, 1981-82

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Christian

Family: Married (Christy Perry) , 2 children

Republican Scott Perry claimed the 4th District House seat in 2012 after prevailing in a crowded primary, although he was the underdog. He is considerably more conservative than his predecessor, retiring moderate Republican Rep. Todd Platts, and ran on a message of a leaner federal government, gun rights, and traditional marriage.

Perry was born in San Diego, Calif., but moved at age 7 to central Pennsylvania, where he lived in a home without electricity or plumbing; he took baths in a steel tub on the front porch. He grew up in what he described in an interview with National Journal as a “little dysfunctional and a little disjointed family.” Perry was the child of a single mother and has met his biological father just once. The family fell on hard times following the move to Pennsylvania, when both his mother, a flight attendant, and stepfather, a pilot, lost their airline jobs. After graduating from high school, Perry worked as an auto mechanic before enlisting in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He distinguished himself as a helicopter pilot, eventually rising to the rank of colonel. While serving as state representative, he was called to serve for a year in Iraq in 2009, flying 44 missions.

As a young man, Perry held a series of jobs, including as a dockhand, an insurance sales agent, and a designer and drafter at an engineering firm. But then he went to Penn State, where a political science course sparked his interest in politics. After graduating in 1991, Perry and a partner founded Hydrotech Mechanical Services and built it into a successful contracting firm specializing in meter calibration and line work for municipalities. The venture hit a snag in 2002 when the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office accused Perry of falsifying reports to the state Environmental Protection Department. Instead of fighting the charge, Perry entered the state’s Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition Program, a pretrial avenue similar to probation, available to first-time offenders. The matter ended with a $5,000 fine and his record being expunged. Perry maintains his innocence on the charge, asserting that an overzealous “bureaucrat” was the culprit.

While Perry says that his legal ordeal inspired him to get more involved in politics, he was no political neophyte when he launched his 2006 run for a seat in the state House. He was a past president of the Pennsylvania Young Republicans and had served on boards and committees dealing with local water issues. He also chaired his local planning commission. In the state House, Perry is best known for winning an expansion of the law allowing residents to use deadly force in self-defense, which differs from Florida’s “stand your ground” law in that it requires that an assailant display a weapon. He also bucked Republican Gov. Tom Corbett by proposing legislation that would have declined federal money to fund insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

When he launched his bid for Congress, Perry’s past legal troubles became an issue in the seven-person Republican primary field, but it never got traction. He garnered endorsements from Corbett and from GOP Sen. Pat Toomey. Although he did not win Platts’ formal backing, he used the incumbent’s kind words about him in a mailer to voters. Perry was outspent 2-to-1 and lagged behind in the polls, but ended up with nearly 54% of the primary vote, far ahead of second-place York County Commissioner Christopher Reilly, who got 19%.

Perry’s win was attributed to his military background, which resonated in the district, and his higher-than-average profile in Harrisburg, according to the PoliticsPA website. He had no trouble in November against Democrat Harry Perkinson, an engineer, who struggled against the strong Republican tilt of the district. Perry won, 60% to 34%.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-5836

(202) 226-1000

LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1207
Washington, DC 20515-3804

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-5836

(202) 226-1000

LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1207
Washington, DC 20515-3804

DISTRICT OFFICE

(717) 338-1919

(717) 334-6314

22 Chambersburg Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1101

DISTRICT OFFICE

(717) 338-1919

(717) 334-6314

22 Chambersburg Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1101

DISTRICT OFFICE

(717) 600-1919

(717) 757-5001

2209 East Market Street
York, PA 17402-2853

DISTRICT OFFICE

(717) 600-1919

(717) 757-5001

2209 East Market Street
York, PA 17402-2853

DISTRICT OFFICE

(717) 635-9504

(717) 635-9861

730 North Front Street
Wormleysburg, PA 17043

DISTRICT OFFICE

(717) 635-9504

(717) 635-9861

730 North Front Street
Wormleysburg, PA 17043

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(717) 819-2091

PO Box 147
Red Lion, PA 17356

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 147
Red Lion, PA 17356

Staff

Sort by: Interest Name Title

Abortion

John Drzewicki
Legislative Director

Agriculture

George O'Connor
Communications Director

Appropriations

John Drzewicki
Legislative Director

Budget

John Drzewicki
Legislative Director

Education

Kelsey Griswold
Legislative Assistant

Energy

John Drzewicki
Legislative Director

George O'Connor
Communications Director

Patrick Schilling
Legislative Assistant

Environment

George O'Connor
Communications Director

Patrick Schilling
Legislative Assistant

Finance

George O'Connor
Communications Director

Kelsey Griswold
Legislative Assistant

Foreign

George O'Connor
Communications Director

Patrick Schilling
Legislative Assistant

Gun Issues

John Drzewicki
Legislative Director

Health

John Drzewicki
Legislative Director

Homeland Security

John Drzewicki
Legislative Director

Kelsey Griswold
Legislative Assistant

Immigration

John Drzewicki
Legislative Director

Intelligence

George O'Connor
Communications Director

Internet

George O'Connor
Communications Director

Labor

Kelsey Griswold
Legislative Assistant

Medicare

John Drzewicki
Legislative Director

Military

George O'Connor
Communications Director

National Security

Patrick Schilling
Legislative Assistant

Privacy

George O'Connor
Communications Director

Science

George O'Connor
Communications Director

Small Business

Kelsey Griswold
Legislative Assistant

Social Security

John Drzewicki
Legislative Director

Tax

George O'Connor
Communications Director

Kelsey Griswold
Legislative Assistant

Technology

John Drzewicki
Legislative Director

Telecommunications

George O'Connor
Communications Director

Kelsey Griswold
Legislative Assistant

Transportation

John Drzewicki
Legislative Director

Veterans

George O'Connor
Communications Director

Welfare

Kelsey Griswold
Legislative Assistant

Women

Kelsey Griswold
Legislative Assistant

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Scott Perry
Votes: 181,603
Percent: 59.74%
Harry Perkinson
Votes: 104,643
Percent: 34.42%
2012 PRIMARY
Scott Perry
Votes: 34,881
Percent: 53.51%
Christopher Reilly
Votes: 12,143
Percent: 18.63%
Sean Summers
Votes: 9,316
Percent: 14.29%

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