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Rep. Scott Perry

Representative for Pennsylvania’s 10th District

pronounced skot // PEH-ree


Perry is the representative for Pennsylvania’s 10th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2019. Perry is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district as a Republican from 2013 to 2018.

Perry is among the Republican legislators who participated in the months-long, multifarious attempted coup following the 2020 presidential election. Shortly after the election, Perry joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) Perry was also a part of a coordinated campaign by the Trump Administration to pressure the Vice President to exclude some Democratic states from the electoral count rather than follow the Constitution's procedure in which Congress may vote to exclude electors, and other extrajudicial strategies to suppress certified election results. Perry peddled debuked conspiracy theories about voting machines and pushed a plan for state legislatures with Republican majorities to replace their certified election results with a vote by state legislators and a plan to install a new attorney general who promoted election conspiracy theories. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the insurrection at the Capitol, Perry voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote. The January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol disrupted Congress’s count of electors that determined the outcome of the presidential election with the goal to prevent President Joe Biden from taking office. In the days after Jan. 6, Perry requested from President Trump a pardon for crimes he may have committed in attempting to change the result of the election in Trump’s favor.
Photo of Rep. Scott Perry [R-PA10]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Perry is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Perry has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jul 1, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Committee Membership

Scott Perry sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Perry was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Perry sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (41%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (11%) Immigration (9%) Environmental Protection (8%) Energy (7%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%) Education (5%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Perry recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Perry voted Nay

Passed 414/6 on Jan 18, 2022.

Perry voted Nay

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due …

Perry voted Nay

Perry voted Nay

Perry voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Perry voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Perry voted No

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Jun 2022, Perry missed 85 of 5,441 roll call votes, which is 1.6%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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