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Scott Perry
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 4
In office
January 3, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PredecessorJason Altmire (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$2.86 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$519,958
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Bachelor'sPennsylvania State University, 1991
Military service
Service/branchPennsylvania Army National Guard
Years of service1980-present
BirthdayMay 27, 1962
Place of birthSan Diego, California
Net worth$891,009
Office website
Campaign website
Scott Gordon Perry (b. May 27, 1962, in San Diego, California), is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Perry was first elected by voters from Pennsylvania's 4th Congressional District in 2012. Perry is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Before becoming a congressman, Perry served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 2007-2013. Prior to that, he was chairman of the Carroll Township Planning Commission. He joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1980.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Perry is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Perry was born in San Diego, California. He graduated from Advanced Individual Training and United States Army War College. He then received his B.S. in business administration management from Pennsylvania State University in 1991.[3]

Perry has served as a lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard from 1980 to the present. He has also worked as founder of Hydrotech Mechanical Services, Inc. since 1993. He has been aviation safety officer of joint command at the State Aviation Office since 2005.[2]


Below is a summary of Perry's professional and political career:[4]

  • 2012-present: Representative, United States House of Representatives
  • 2006-2012: Representative, Pennsylvania State House of Representatives
  • Chair, Planning Commission, Carroll Township
  • 2005-Present: Aviation Safety Officer, Joint Command, State Aviation Office
  • 1993-present: Founder, Hydrotech Mechanical Services, Incorporated
  • 1980-present: Lieutenant, Pennsylvania Army National Guard

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Perry serves on the following committees:[5]

Pennsylvania House


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Perry served on these committees:

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Perry's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Perry voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Perry voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Perry voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


Voted "Yes" Perry voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]


Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Perry voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Perry voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[13]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[16] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[17] Perry voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[18]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[19] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Perry voted against HR 2775.[20]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Perry voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Perry voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Perry voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Perry voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[8]


On The Issues Vote Match

Perry's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Perry is a Moderate Conservative. Perry received a score of 29 percent on personal issues and 73 percent on economic issues.[21]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Unknown Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Neutral
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[21]



See also: Pennsylvania's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Perry is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[1] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Pennsylvania's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Perry ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 4th District. Perry defeated Kevin Downs, Eric Martin, Ted Waga, Chris Reilly, Sean Summers and Mark Swomley in the April 24, 2012 Republican primary. He defeated Democrat Harry Perkinson and Libertarian Mike Koffenberger in the November 6 general election.[22][23]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as one of the ten states that could have determined whether Democrats gained control of the House or Republicans would hold its majority in 2013.[24] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[24]

U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Harry Perkinson 34.4% 104,643
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngScott Perry 59.7% 181,603
     Independent Wayne Wolff 3.8% 11,524
     Libertarian Mike Koffenberger 2% 6,210
Total Votes 303,980
Source: Pennsylvania Department of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Pennsylvania District 4 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Perry 53.5% 34,881
Christopher Reilly 18.6% 12,143
Sean Summers 14.3% 9,316
Theodore Waga 4.7% 3,086
Eric Martin 3.3% 2,159
Mark Swomley 3.3% 2,150
Kevin Downs 2.2% 1,451
Total Votes 65,186


See also: Pennsylvania House of Representatives elections, 2010

Perry won re-election to the 92nd District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition and was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 2, 2010.[25]

Pennsylvania State House, District 92
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Scott Perry (R) 20,938 100.0%


On November 4, 2008, Perry won re-election to the 92nd District seat of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He received 27,863 votes running unopposed.[26]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives, District 92
Candidates Votes Percent
Scott Perry (R) Green check mark transparent.png 27,863 100.0%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Perry is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Perry raised a total of $519,958 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[27]

Scott Perry's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 4) Won $519,958
Grand Total Raised $519,958


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Perry's reports.[28]

Scott Perry (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2013$347.84$55,954.57$(21,981.02)$34,321.39
July Quarterly[30]July 15, 2013$34,321.39$33,429.53$(40,549.58)$27,201.34
October Quarterly[31]October 13, 2013$27,201.34$102,058.60$(52,372.43)$76,887.51
Year-End[32]January 30, 2014$76,887$73,679$(59,816)$90,750
April Quarterly[33]April 14, 2014$90,750.81$43,448.96$(52,670.86)$81,528.91
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Perry's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Perry won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $519,958 and spent $519,610.[34] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[35]

Cost per vote

Perry spent $2.86 per vote received in 2012.


In 2010, Perry received $43,033 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[36]

Pennsylvania House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Scott Perry's campaign in 2010
PPL Corp$1,250
Pennsylvania State Troopers Association$1,000
Better Government For Pennsylvania$1,000
Appell Jr, Louis J$950
Total Raised in 2010 $43,033

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Perry's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $392,020 to $1,389,998. That averages to $891,009, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Perry ranked as the 220th most wealthy representative in 2012.[37] Between 2011 and 2012, Perry‘s calculated net worth[38] increased by an average of 2 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[39]

Scott Perry Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:2%
Average annual growth:2%[40]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[41]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Perry missed 2 of 108 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013.[42]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[43]

Perry most often votes with:

Perry least often votes with:

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Information for 2012 is unavailable.[44]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Scott Perry has voted with the Republican Party 97.3% of the time, which ranked 57th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[45]


Perry resides in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Christy, and their two daughters, Ryenn and Mattea.[46]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Scott Perry's Biography," accessed June 19, 2013
  3. Washington Times, "2012 Election Center, Pennsylvania - Scott Gordon Perry," accessed September 3, 2013
  4. Project Vote Smart, "Scott Perry," accessed December 9, 2013
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Project Vote Smart, "Scott Perry Key Votes," accessed October 15, 2013
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  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, With clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. 21.0 21.1 On The Issues, "Perry Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014
  22. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  23. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2012 Official Primary Results"
  24. 24.0 24.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012," accessed April 25, 2012
  25. Pennsylvania Department of State, "2010 General Election Results"
  26. Pennsylvania Department of State, "Official 2008 General Election Results," accessed April 15, 2014
  27. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Scott Perry," accessed April 18, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Scott Perry 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Perry Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  34. Open Secrets, "Scott Perry's 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  36. Follow the Money, "2010 Donations"
  37. OpenSecrets, "Perry, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  38. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  39. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  40. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  41. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  42. GovTrack, "Scott Perry," accessed April 17, 2013
  43. OpenCongress, "Rep. Scott Perry," accessed August 22, 2013
  44. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  46. Congressman Scott Perry, "About - Full Biography," accessed September 3, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Jason Altmire (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania, District 4
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Pennsylvania House of Representatives - District 92
Succeeded by