Biography 
A member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 2003, Rep. Scott Petri brings a legal career spanning more than 25 years and his devotion to public service to the job of serving the citizens of the 178th Legislative District and the Commonwealth.

As a lawmaker, Petri has exhibited both the experience and drive necessary to address important issues facing Pennsylvania 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 for greater transparency in government; and plan for controlled, sustainable land use. In addition, he has worked to achieve much-needed medical malpractice reform, and has sought to build coalitions among communities in his legislative district.

Since taking office, Petri has pushed for legislation to establish an Office of Child Advocate to prevent child abuse in Pennsylvania. His legislation has the overwhelming support of district attorneys, child and victims’ advocates, and the medical community statewide.  Petri is also sponsoring a bill to further clarify and expand the definition of child abuse to ensure these cases are not overlooked.

In 2012, Petri, who has served on the House Appropriations Committee since 2005, became vice chairman of the committee. This leadership role provides him with greater oversight and responsibility in determining how taxpayer money is spent. Also in 2012, Petri was named chairman of the House Ethics Committee, which works to ensure that members of the chamber maintain high standards of ethical conduct. 

Petri serves on other House committees, including Liquor Control, Local Government, and Health, and he chairs the House Life Sciences Caucus. He was appointed chairman of the Life Sciences Advisory Council Task Force, which established industry goals for bioscience-focused economic development and job creation in Pennsylvania.  For his work to make Pennsylvania a business-friendly state, Petri was named “2012 State Public Official of the Year” by Pennsylvania Bio, the statewide trade association representing the life science industry. Petri is a strong supporter of 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.

Petri is an attorney with Begley, Carlin & Mandio, LLP, where he focuses his practice on real estate matters, banking, wills, estates and municipal law. Petri previously served as chairman of Upper Makefield Township’s planning commission, a member of the Joint Municipal Zoning Council, chairman of the Traffic Impact Fee Committee and solicitor to the planning commission.

A graduate of Villanova University School of Law (1985), Petri also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Washington and Jefferson College (1982) in Washington, PA., and is a graduate of Downingtown Senior High School.

Memberships in professional organizations include the Pennsylvania Bar Association; Pennsylvania Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and U.S. Circuit Court, Third Circuit.

Petri is a member of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Heritage Society. He also serves on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Petri is active in numerous local charities, hospitals and universities. He enjoys mentoring young people as a basketball coach and in his role as legislator. He is a member of the St. Mary Hospital advisory board, and 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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