Minority Leader Scott Pelath, first elected to represent Indiana House District 9 in 1998, was born and raised in Michigan City.
Pelath received a Bachelor of Science degree in public affairs from Indiana University in 1992 and served as an aide to U.S. Rep. Tim Roemer from 1992 to 1997.
He served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve, 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 by his colleagues and has twice been elected a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 2000 and 2012.
He has two daughters, Israel and Isabella, and one son, Leo.
Scott works as a human resources director at the Swanson Center in Michigan City.