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Scott Pelath, who was first elected to represent Indiana House District 9 in 1998, was born and raised in Michigan City.
After attending Long Beach Elementary Schools and Krueger Junior High, he graduated from Elston High School in 1988. Scott went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in public affairs from Indiana University in 1992.
Prior to coming to the Indiana House, Scott served as an aide to U.S. Rep. Tim Roemer from 1992 to 1997. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2000.
Scott served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is a graduate of the Indiana University ROTC program and the Armor Officer Basic Course at Fort Knox, Ky., and is a member of the American Legion.
On Nov. 8, 2012, Representative Pelath was elected Indiana House Democratic Leader.
Scott has two daughters, Israel and Isabella. Scott works as a human resources director at the Swanson Center in Michigan City.