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Scott E. Hutchinson

 

Senator Scott E. Hutchinson was elected in November 2012 to represent the 21st Senatorial District in the Pennsylvania State Senate.

Senator Hutchinson serves as Chairman of the Senate Local Government Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee. He serves as a member of four other committees: Environmental Resources and Energy; Majority Policy; Public Health and Welfare; and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness. He also serves as the Chairman of the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee and as a member of the Local Government Commission and the Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council.

Senator Hutchinson is committed to improving Pennsylvania’s business climate by supporting efforts to lift the onerous burdens placed on employers, particularly small companies, by the Commonwealth in favor of creating an environment that encourages economic development and job creation.

Senator Hutchinson was the prime sponsor of Act 78 of 2014 which created the Medical Officer or Health Officer Incentive Program within the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to provide educational stipends to retain eligible medical officers or health officers.

A strong opponent of proposals to toll Interstate 80, Senator Hutchinson supports efforts to develop commonsense plans to improve the state’s transportation network and infrastructure to enhance the health, welfare, safety and quality of life for all Pennsylvania residents.

Senator Hutchinson previously represented the 64th Legislative District in the state House of Representatives from 1992 to 2012. Prior to election to the House, he served as the Chief Deputy County Treasurer for Venango County from 1984 to 1992.

A member of the Oil City Area School Board from 1985 to 1992, Senator Hutchinson served as its vice president and chairman of its budget and finance committee. He was appointed by Gov. Dick Thornburgh in 1986 to the Venango County Board of Assistance, serving until 1992.

Born in Oil City in 1961, Hutchinson graduated from Oil City Area High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. He has taken additional courses at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville and Thiel College in Greenville.

While serving in the House, Senator Hutchinson led the fight to repeal Act 44, which would have imposed tolls for Interstate 80. He promoted economic development and job growth by sponsoring legislation repealing the 2 percent Annuity Premiums Tax, and grandfathering the Oil and Gas Act bonding provisions for pre-1984 wells. He was also a prime mover in shaping legislation to increase the safety of workers in emergency response areas and he worked to enact changes in the County Code to allow for “cafeteria” employee benefit plans, and revisions concerning the election of county auditors.

In an effort to support our homeland heroes, Senator Hutchinson sponsored Act 59 of 2005 which increased the death benefits for the families of firefighters, police officers, National Guard members and emergency responders who gave their lives to keep the public safe. This law increased the family death benefits paid by the state to those who die in the line of duty from $62,000 to $100,000, with future increases tied to inflation.

Among his many community activities, Hutchinson is active in St. Joseph Church and was a member of the Oil City Lions Club, Venango Video, Inc. Board of Directors, and the Oil Heritage Region Board. He is a former board member of the Venango County Association for the Blind.

He is married to the former Mary Beth Radkowski. They have three children, Sophie, Anne Marie, and Lucy, and live in Oil City.

The 21st Senatorial District includes part of Butler County consisting of the city of Butler and the townships of Adams, Brady, Butler, Center, Cherry, Clay, Connoquenessing, Cranberry, Forward, Franklin, Marion, Mercer, Penn and Slippery Rock and the boroughs of Callery, Connoquenessing, Evans City, Harrisville, Mars, Prospect, Seven Fields, Slippery Rock, Valencia, West Liberty and West Sunbury; all of Clarion County; all of Forest County; all of Venango County; and part of Warren County consisting of the city of Warren and the townships of Brokenstraw, Cherry Grove, Conewango, Deerfield, Elk, Farmington, Freehold, Glade, Limestone, Mead, Pine Grove, Pittsfield, Pleasant, Sheffield, Sugar  Grove, Triumph and Watson and the boroughs of Bear Lake, Clarendon, Sugar Grove, Tidioute and Youngsville.