Scott Reske

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Scott Reske
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Indiana House of Representatives
District 37
Former Member
In office
2000 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
High schoolPendleton Heights High School, 1978
Bachelor'sPurdue University, 1983
Master'sUniversity of Seattle, 1990
ProfessionVP, Beam, Longest and Neff, LLC
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Scott Reske was a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 37 from 2000 to 2012. He ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Indiana's 5th District, but was defeated by Susan Brooks (R) in the general election.


Reske graduated from Pendleton Heights High School in 1978. Reske was accepted to and attended Purdue University.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]


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.[2]

Committee assignments


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Reske served on these committees:

Legislative walkout

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.[3] 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.[3]

On March 7, 2011, House Minority Leader B. Patrick Bauer revealed the Democratic caucus' hideout to be the Comfort Suites in Urbana, Illinois.[4] 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.[5] 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.[4] 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.[4]

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.[6] Rep. Winfield Moses, Jr. (D) called the increase "a poke in the eye," and promised that it would do nothing to break the impasse.[7]

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.[5] 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.[5]

The Legislature ended up passing "right-to-work" legislation on February 1, 2012, becoming the 23rd state to do so. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) signed the measure into law.[8]



See also: Indiana's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

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.[9]

General election

U.S. House, Indiana District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Scott Reske 37.6% 125,347
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Brooks 58.4% 194,570
     Libertarian Chard Reid 4% 13,442
Total Votes 333,359
Source: Indiana Secretary of State "House of Representatives Election Results"

Primary Election

U.S. House, Indiana, District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngScott Reske 63.1% 13,175
Tony Long 36.9% 7,692
Total Votes 20,867


The Indiana Democratic Party State Central Committee endorsed Reske in the 5th Congressional District race in 2012.[10] Prior to the statewide endorsement, Reske received the endorsement of the Indiana Democratic Party Fifth District Central Committee.[10] Reske was endorsed by the National Rifle Association in the 5th District race in 2012.[11]


See also: Indiana House of Representatives elections, 2010

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.[12]

In the May 4 primary election, Reske ran unopposed and received 2,992 votes. [13]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 37 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png 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).[14]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 37 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Scott Reske (D) 13,846
Kelly Gaskill (R) 12,066
Robert Jozwiak (L) 1,197


On November 7, 2006, Reske won re-election to the Indiana House of Representatives District 37 unopposed.[15]

Indiana House of Representatives, District 37 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Scott Reske (D) 13,365

Campaign donors


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

Reske lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Reske's campaign committee raised a total of $399,590 and spent $399,590.[16]


In 2010, Reske collected $160,590 in donations. The top contributors are as follows:[17]


In 2008, Reske collected $389,227 in donations.[18]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
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
AT&T $2,000
Tri-County Pac $1,500
Pierce for State Representative $1,250
Thomas Haymer $1,200
Indiana Dental Association $1,000
Circle Nepac $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.[19]

Listed below are the top five contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association $2,500
Indiana Hospital Association $2,166
James B. Longest $2,000
Jim Lougest $2,000
AT&T $1,750

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Political offices
Preceded by
Indiana House of Representatives District 37
Succeeded by
Todd Huston (R)