William Worthington Scranton, III served as the Republican lieutenant governor of the state of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1987 in the administration of Governor Richard Thornburgh. He is the son of former Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton and a member of the wealthy and politically influential Scranton family, the founders of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
After attending Yale University, he became the editor of a local newspaper in Mountaintop, Pennsylvania. He then became president and managing editor of the Greenstreet News Company. He entered politics as a member of the Republican State Committee in 1976. In 1978, he won the Republican primary for lieutenant governor and later that year became the youngest person ever elected lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania.
After his stint as lieutenant governor, he ran for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1986 against Robert P. Casey. After losing the 1986 election, Scranton exited politics for a while and held a number of positions in the private sector in California. He returned to Pennsylvania in 1994 to manage his family's interests.