Perry re-elected as U.S. representative

David Weissman
  • Voters in the 4th Congressional District are sending Perry back to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Dillsburg, will return to Washington, D.C., for a third term, after holding off Democratic challenger Joshua Burkholder.

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry gets a hug from York County Republican Committee Vice Chair Allison Blew, of Lower Windsor Township, during the Republican Committee election watch, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

As of 11 p.m., Perry held an almost 40-point advantage over Burkholder, leading 110,638 votes to 49,663, with 83 percent of precincts reporting.

Perry hopes to have a president who will work with Congress, something he said he didn't have in his first four years in office.

"It's a humbling experience any time you're elected to public office," Perry said, adding that it's a privilege to serve the community around him.

Perry is coming off his second term serving the state's 4th Congressional District after serving three terms in the state House of Representatives.

A longtime Army National Guard service member, Perry serves on U.S. House committees on transportation and infrastructure, foreign affairs and homeland security.

Perry was challenged by Burkholder, of Harrisburg, after Burkholder received enough write-in votes during the primary election.

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry arrives to the Republican Committee election watch, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2016. John A. Pavoncello photo

Burkholder is a graphic artist and designer and former photojournalist for CBS 21 in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania's 4th Congressional District includes an area just north of Harrisburg down to the Maryland line and west past Gettysburg to the east just before Lancaster.

Prior to the election, Republicans held a 247-188 majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.