State Rep. 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 served in that position until Nov. 21, 2017. He has twice been elected a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 2000 and 2012.
Pelath and his wife, Laura, have a son, Leo. Pelath also has two daughters, Israel and Isabella, and a stepson, Lorenzo.
Scott works as a human resources director at the Swanson Center in Michigan City.