R-Pennsylvania, National Guard
Bio: Scott Perry served three terms as a Pennsylvania State Representative. He was elected as the United States Representative of the 4th Congressional District in 2013. He serves on the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Foreign Affairs, and Homeland Security.
Scott began working at age 13 picking fruit at Ashcombe’s Farm in Mechanicsburg. Since then, he’s been a mechanic, dock worker, draftsman, and a licensed insurance agent. He’s a 1980 graduate of Northern High School in Dillsburg and the Cumberland-Perry Vo-Tech School. Scott put himself through college while working a full-time job. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1991 where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration Management.
In 1993, Scott started his own mechanical contracting firm. The Dillsburg-based business provided contract construction and maintenance services to municipal and investor-owned utilities from North Carolina to New York and specialized in large meter calibration.
Scott’s service to the community has included serving as the chairman of the Carroll Township Planning Commission, and as a member of the township Source Water Protection Committee. He was chairman of the Dillsburg Area Wellhead Protection Advisory Committee and he served on the Dillsburg Revitalization Committee. He was active in the Jaycees and was the regional director for the state organization. He also is a member of Dillsburg Legion Post #26, Dillsburg VFW Post #6771, Lions Club International, Army Aviation Association of America, the NRA, and numerous other associations.
Scott and his wife Christy are the proud parents of two daughters.
Military Bio: Scott began his military career in 1980 when he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He attended basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and graduated Advanced Individual Training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, as a technical drafting specialist. He graduated as the president of his Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery branch. He soon branch-transferred to Army Aviation, where he earned qualifications in numerous aircraft (Huey, Cayuse, Kiowa, Cobra, Chinook, Apache, and Blackhawk) and an Instructor Pilot rating. He has commanded at the company, battalion and brigade levels; notably, Lieutenant Colonel Perry commanded the 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion, which deployed to Iraq from 2009-2010, and during which Scott flew 44 combat missions. In 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel, and became Commander of the Fort Indiantown Gap National Training Site. Scott was selected for promotion to the rank of Brigadier General in 2014, and was honored to serve as the Assistant Division Commander of the 28th Infantry Division – the Army’s oldest, actively serving Division. He presently serves in the position of Assistant Adjutant General, Joint Forces Headquarters, Pennsylvania National Guard. He is a graduate of the US Army War College with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies.
Legislation: Americans owe a debt of gratitude to our country’s bravest individuals – those who have served and given their lives in defense of freedom and liberty. As a country, we must remember the sacrifices of our veterans who have bravely served our nation, as well as their families, and I remain committed to providing the best care possible for them.
Still serving in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for more than 30 years, I’m certainly sensitive to the many challenges facing our men and women who put their lives on the line for our country. We must honor our commitments and obligations to our nation’s military.
With our nation $17 trillion in debt, streamlining all federal programs – including the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs budgets – is critical to the fiscal well-being of our nation. Yet, Congress can’t lose sight of the promises made to our troops, our veterans, and their families. Our service members must be provided with the tools necessary to complete their mission and return safely as quickly as possible. Further, we must work to ensure that our veterans receive the care and services to which they are entitled in a timely, convenient and efficient manner. I’ll continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that these goals are met.