|Indiana House of Representatives|
|2000 - 2012|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|High school||Pendleton Heights High School, 1978|
|Bachelor's||Purdue University, 1983|
|Master's||University of Seattle, 1990|
|Profession||VP, Beam, Longest and Neff, LLC|
Reske graduated from Pendleton Heights High School in 1978. Reske was accepted to and attended Purdue University.
Early in his college career, Reske decided to serve his country as a United States Marine Corps officer. Between his junior and senior years at Purdue, he attended Officer Candidate School and later was an Honor Graduate from The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia.
After graduating from Purdue in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Reske accepted a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corp and was subsequently selected to become a Marine aviator. While serving in the Marine Corps, Scott earned a Master's of Public Administration from City University of Seattle.
Reske is Vice President of Beam, Longest and Neff LLC Consulting Service Engineers, and Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He is a former firefighter and Marine Aviator with the United States Marines Corps.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Reske served on these committees:
- Commerce, Small Business and Economic Development, Ranking Minority Member
- Government and Regulatory Reform
- Public Health
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Reske served on these committees:
- Commerce, Energy, Technology and Utilities
- Public Health
- Small Business and Economic Development (Chair)
Reske and 36 other Democratic representatives participated in a legislative walkout on February 22, 2011, in opposition to proposed legislation limiting union powers in Indiana. The Democratic departure left the House void of a quorum, leaving only 58 of the 67 representatives needed to establish a quorum. Terri Austin, Steven Stemler and Vanessa Summers stayed behind to provide, if necessary, a motion and a seconding motion, which would enable them to stop any official business from proceeding should the Republicans try to do so.
On March 7, 2011, House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois. According to the Indiana Constitution, Article 4, sections 11 and 14, the House may enforce fines and other methods to compel absent members to return. Beginning on March 7, 2011, each Democrat was subject to a fine of $250, to be withheld from future expense or salary payments, for each day they were not present in the statehouse. Regarding their actual pay, House Speaker Brian Bosma announced that the 37 lawmakers were required to be physically present in the chambers to receive their per diem payment of $152/day. This move came as a result of the approximated $40,000 in per diem payments automatically made to the legislators during their first seven days of absence. According to reports, the representatives promised to either return the money, or donate it to charity.
March 22, 2011, marked the start of the fourth consecutive week of Democratic absenteeism, complete with an increased incentive to return. Governor Mitch Daniels and House Republicans upped the ante with daily fines increasing from $250/day to $350/day, effective March 21, 2011. Despite the increased penalties, Democratic resolve remained intact. House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer stated that Democrats "will remain steadfast" in their opposition to bills hurting wages and education in Indiana. Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.
The Democrats ended the standoff after 36 days, returning on March 28, 2011. The two sides agreed to compromise on a number of issues, including shelving the controversial "right-to-work" bill. Although the Democrats returned with some of their demands met, their actions were not without consequence. Each absent member accrued a total of $3,500 in fines given by Republicans.
Reske ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 5th District. Reske defeated Tony Long in the May 8 Democratic primary and was defeated by Susan Brooks (R) in the November 6 general election.
|U.S. House, Indiana District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"|
|U.S. House, Indiana, District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012|
The Indiana Democratic Party State Central Committee endorsed Reske in the 5th Congressional District race in 2012. Prior to the statewide endorsement, Reske received the endorsement of the Indiana Democratic Party Fifth District Central Committee. Reske was endorsed by the National Rifle Association in the 5th District race in 2012.
Reske defeated Republican candidate Kyle Hupfer and Libertarian candidate Rob Jozwiak with 9,156 votes in the November 2 general election. Hupfer received 8,559 votes and Jozwiak received 970 votes.
In the May 4 primary election, Reske ran unopposed and received 2,992 votes. 
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 37 General Election (2010)|
|Scott Reske (D)||9,156|
|Kyle Hupfer (R)||8,559|
|Rob Jozwiak (L)||970|
Reske ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 4th.
On November 4, 2008, Democrat Scott Reske won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 37 receiving 13,846 votes, ahead of Republican Kelly Gaskill (12,066 votes), and Libertarian Robert Jozwiak (1,197 votes).
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 37 (2008)|
|Scott Reske (D)||13,846|
|Kelly Gaskill (R)||12,066|
|Robert Jozwiak (L)||1,197|
|Indiana House of Representatives, District 37 (2006)|
|Scott Reske (D)||13,365|
|U.S. House, Indiana, District 5, 2012 - Scott Reske Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$1,440,815|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$1,265,519|
|Top contributors to Scott Reske's campaign committee|
|Carpenters & Joiners Union||$10,000|
|Communications Workers of America||$10,000|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$53,000|
|Public Sector Unions||$18,500|
In 2010, Reske collected $160,590 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:
|Indiana House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Scott Reske's campaign in 2010|
|Indiana House Democratic Caucus||$61,122|
|Indiana State Teachers Association||$25,000|
|Indiana Democratic Party||$9,653|
|International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers||$5,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$160,590|
In 2008, Reske collected $389,227 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.
|Indiana Democratic Party||$225,263|
|Indiana State Teachers Association||$60,000|
|Indiana House Democratic Caucus||$27,360|
|Indiana Trial Lawyers Association||$5,000|
|John Frick & Associates||$4,000|
|Madison County Democrats||$4,000|
|Scott E. Reske||$2,684|
|Indiana Hospital Association||$2,500|
|American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees||$2,500|
|Indiana Association of Realtors||$2,000|
|Ryan & Katherine Smith||$2,000|
|Pierce for State Representative||$1,250|
|Indiana Dental Association||$1,000|
|Anderson Federation of Teachers||$1,000|
|Indiana State Auto Workers||$1,000|
|Service Employees Local 880||$1,000|
In 2006, Reske collected $38,808 in donations.
Listed below are the top 5 contributors to his campaign.
|Indiana Trial Lawyers Association||$2,500|
|Indiana Hospital Association||$2,166|
|James B. Longest||$2,000|
- Indiana House of Representatives - Scott Reske
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Watchdog Indiana Candidate Ratings
- Campaign contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Campaign website
- Twitter account
- Facebook page
- Scott Reske for Congress, "Biography" accessed January 27, 2012
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Reske
- IndyStar.com, "Indiana Democrats trigger Statehouse showdown over anti-union legislation," February 22, 2011
- Fox 59, "Fines begin for absent House Democrats," March 7, 2011
- The Wall Street Journal, "Pressure Mounts on Absent Democrats in Wisconsin, Indiana," March 3, 2011
- IndyStar.com, "Dems' walkout drags on, among nation's longest," March 23, 2011
- WFIE.com, "Indiana Republicans say they're done negotiating," March 17, 2011
- Reuters, "Indiana becomes 23rd "right-to-work" state," February 1, 2012
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Election Results," May 8, 2012
- Press Release, "Indiana Democrats endorse Reske for Congress" accessed April 13, 2012
- NRA Political Victory Fund, "Indiana," accessed April 27, 2012
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official General Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2010 Official Primary Election Results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2008 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
- Indiana Secretary of State, "2006 Official election results," accessed March 6, 2014
- OpenSecrets, "2012 Election" accessed March 23, 2013
- Indiana House 2010 Donors
- Reske Campaign Donors
- 2006 Campaign Donors
|Indiana House of Representatives District 37
| Succeeded by|
Todd Huston (R)
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