Elected Experience: 31st District State Senator appointed 2017; 31st District State Representative elected 2016; 47th District State Representative 1998-2000.
Other Professional Experience: Environmental training and consulting. International trade in Europe and Asia. Owner of small contracting business. Founding Director and first President of the PNW Erosion Control Association.
Education: Rutgers University, Cook College of Agriculture; Landscape Architecture.
Community Service: Phil has been married for 40 years with 5 children, three of whom are decorated US Marines. One son is still serving. Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree. Supports community issues like; Sweats for Vets, Coats for Kids, Relay for Life, Special Olympics, Project Rachel.
Statement: As your Senator I am proud to have introduced Constitutional Amendments Protect our Right to Hunt and Fish (SJR 8206) and Ban an Income Tax (SJR 8204). I will fight against the constant call to limit our gun rights and for more taxes on income, mileage, car tabs and property. I am at the forefront in the war against Sound Transit gouging people on our car tabs. I will work to give us the right to elect our own representatives on the Sound Transit Board, to allow our communities to opt out of ST3, and to force Sound Transit to go back to the people if they go over budget.
I sponsored legislation to reduce or eliminate property taxes for seniors on fixed incomes. As a member of the Veterans and Military Affairs Commission, and the father of three US Marines, I know the importance of honoring veterans.
Funding education is a priority. I will vote for plans that fund education and reduce our property taxes in the process. Allocating funds per student will increase funds in our district for teacher salaries.
I ask for your support to continue the fight against more taxes and to preserve parents’ rights.