A member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2003, Rep. Scott Petri brings to the job a legal career spanning more than 25 years and his devotion to public service.
As a lawmaker representing the 178th Legislative District, Petri has exhibited both the experience and drive necessary to address important issues facing the Commonwealth and its citizens. He strives to keep state and local property taxes under control; find ways to deliver state government services more efficiently and effectively; provide greater transparency in government; and plan for controlled, sustainable land use.
In the 2015-16 legislative session, Petri was appointed chairman of the House Urban Affairs Committee. He will also continue to serve as chairman of the Ethics Committee and as a member of the Liquor Control Committee.
An advocate for child protection, Petri sponsored legislation to strengthen the definition of child abuse in Pennsylvania. The new law provides the basis on which child abuse cases will be judged and ensures that children will be better protected from abuse and neglect. Since taking office, Petri has pushed to establish an Office of Child Advocate to address child abuse in Pennsylvania. This legislation has the overwhelming support of district attorneys, child and victims’ advocates and the medical community statewide.
Petri’s leadership skills and fiscal stewardship earned him five terms on the House Appropriations Committee, including one term as vice chairman. He worked to achieve much-needed medical malpractice reform and to make Pennsylvania a business-friendly state. The National Federation of Independent Business awarded Petri its “Guardian of Small Business” award in 2014. In 2012, he was named “State Public Official of the Year
” by Pennsylvania Bio, the statewide trade association representing the life science industry. Petri supports measures to attract pharmaceutical companies, research labs and other large employers to the Commonwealth and efforts to promote small business development, including the state’s growing wine industry. He is co-chairman of the Pennsylvania Winery Caucus, on which he has served since 2008, and co-chairman of the Life Sciences Caucus.
A graduate of Downingtown Senior High School, Washington and Jefferson College and Villanova University School of Law, Petri is an attorney with Begley, Carlin & Mandio, LLP. He previously served as chairman of the Upper Makefield Township Planning Commission, a member of the Joint Municipal Zoning Council, chairman of the Traffic Impact Fee Committee and solicitor to the planning commission.
Petri is a member of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is active in many local boards and charities. He enjoys mentoring young people as a basketball coach and in his role as legislator. He is an elder in the Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church. He resides in New Hope with his wife, Ellen, and their son, Drew.
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