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 in Bucks County, 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 2017-18 legislative session, Petri was appointed chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee, which provides legislative oversight on matters involving the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and Pennsylvania’s casinos and gambling industry. His prior experience on the House Appropriations and Liquor Control committees, and as chairman of the House Urban Affairs and Ethics committees, has prepared him for this challenging new role.
This session, Petri will focus on passage of a fiscally responsible state budget, municipal pension reform and pension forfeiture for public officials or public employees convicted of a felony related to their office or employment.
An advocate for child protection, Petri sponsored legislation that strengthened the definition of child abuse in Pennsylvania, enabling law enforcement, child advocates, mandated reporters and the public to more effectively fight child abuse. The new law provides the basis on which child abuse cases are 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 has awarded Petri its “Guardian of Small Business” award in 2014, and 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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