Scott Martin is a lifelong Pennsylvanian with deep roots in his Central Pennsylvania community. One of seven children raised in Lancaster County, his father was a law enforcement officer and his mother a Catholic school teacher. Together, Scott's parents instilled in him the core values he has carried with him his entire life.
Scott is a graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School where he was a PIAA and National Heavyweight wrestling champion, and Millersville University where he graduated with a degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice. At Millersville, Scott became a three-time First Team PSAC Defensive Tackle and two-time All-American. After graduation Scott played professional football in the Arena Football League; he has been inducted into numerous sporting Halls of Fame for both his wrestling and football careers.
Before entering public service, Scott was successful in the private sector and then went on to become the Director of Lancaster County’s Youth Intervention Center, where he oversaw the effective operation of a $5.5 million budget, 150 employee organization. In 2007, Scott Martin was elected by the people of Lancaster County as County Commissioner to clean up what had become a dysfunctional and ineffective government. As Commissioner, Scott never voted for a tax increase, downsized government by cutting duplicative agencies and departments, reduced debt by $40 million, and reduced costs for taxpayers through privatization and public employee benefit reform — all while delivering the quality services residents deserve.
Scott then kept the promise he made to voters to term limit himself as County Commissioner and returned to the private sector until he answered his community's call for service once again when, in 2016, the people of Lancaster County sent Scott to the State Senate.
Since entering the Senate, Scott has fulfilled his pledge to bring strong conservative leadership to state government and focus on the issues that matter to every Pennsylvanian: restoring our freedoms and economy post-COVID, protecting taxpayers, supporting education reforms, preserving Pennsylvania's agricultural community, addressing the opioid epidemic, and much more. Scott has also been a leader in protecting the unborn, standing up for the 2nd Amendment, and preserving our Constitutional Rights.
Scott has also become known as one of the state's most effective legislators, able to pass more than 20 of his legislative initiatives into law. Highlights of these accomplishments include authoring the recent statewide Constitutional Amendments to limit the executive’s unfettered power during declared emergencies and restore the balance of powers enshrined in the state Constitution; creating new resources to help pediatric cancer children and their families; reforms to rein in the costs of higher education; and, increasing DUI penalties for repeat offenders who cause the death of another.
In 2020, despite being targeted with more than a million dollars of spending by his Democratic opponent and radical special interest groups from inside and outside the state, Scott was re-elected by a nearly 11 percentage point margin. Political pundits point to this victory as evidence of his ability to build the type of coalition required to win in Pennsylvania -- a mixture of conservative base of support along with independent and crossover Democratic voters.
Long active in his local community, Scott volunteers as youth sports coach in football and wrestling, served on the Board of Directors of the Gene A. Carpenter Football Foundation, and gave his time and effort to groups like the United Way of Lancaster County and the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau.
He has been recognized for his community service by numerous organizations and has been awarded the JDCAP President’s Award, the YWCA Lancaster Ally Award, the County of Lancaster’s Spirit of Good Government Award, and the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania President’s Award among others.
Scott and his wife, Amber, live in Lancaster County. They have four children and six dogs and cats.