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Residence: Pendleton, IN
Scott Reske moved to Indiana with his family in 1964 when his father began work as a plant engineer in Lapel. He now lives in Pendleton. He earned a bachelor's in civil engineering from Purdue University and a master's in public administration from City University of Seattle.
During his time at Purdue, he served as a firefighter and lived in the local fire station as a caretaker. Between his junior and senior years, he attended the Marine Corps' Officer Candidate School, was commissioned as a second lieutenant and became a Marine aviator.
After leaving active duty in 1992, Reske joined the family business and moved back to Pendleton. He then joined a civil engineering firm. He now works with a start-up construction firm and a construction products company.
Reske was elected to the Indiana House in 2002.
He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.
Scott Reske says gridlock in Washington over raising the debt ceiling spurred him to run for Congress in 2012. He says he believes voters are frustrated with "extremists" in both parties who can't reach compromises.
Reske easily won Indiana's May 2012 Democratic primary, receiving 63 percent of the vote against Kokomo union leader Tony Long. The 5th District seat became open after incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Burton decided to retire after 15 terms. During that time, no Democratic candidate received more than 35 percent of the vote against Burton.
Reske says the nation's economic woes were caused by a lack of problem solving in Congress. He says as an engineer, a business owner and a military officer, his job has been to solve problems and get results.
He describes himself as a moderate, saying he is pro-business and pro-worker. He says jobs are his top priority and that he would seek to curb outsourcing of manufacturing overseas. He also favors a simpler tax code.
Reske spent a decade serving in the Indiana House. He decided to run for Congress after his state House district was redrawn, making it overwhelmingly Republican. He narrowly survived a re-election scare in 2008.
In 2009, Reske sponsored a bill in the Statehouse that would not have allowed a state home and school for troubled or needy youth to be closed without legislative approval.
In March 2008, Reske was among more than a third of Indiana's Democratic legislators who bucked their party's state leaders to endorse then-Sen. Barack Obama for president. U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, former Gov. Joe Kernan and Indiana House Speaker Patrick Bauer had endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Reske gained attention in 2005 during a vote on whether Indiana should switch to daylight-saving time. During a second tally on the measure, with the count 50-49 in favor, House Speaker Brian Bosma held the voting board open for 10 to 15 minutes asking for Reske to cast the decisive vote.
Reske had voted for the measure the first time, but couldn't be found to vote again. A few minutes later, Republican Rep. Donald Lehe of Brookston switched from no to yes, giving proponents the 51st vote they needed. Bosma immediately closed the voting. Reske said later that he had left the floor to take a phone call, not knowing the bill was about to be reconsidered.
Source: Associated Press
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