Debbie Phillips

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Debbie Phillips
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 94th district
Assumed office
January 5, 2009
Preceded by Jimmy Stewart
Personal details
Born (1969-10-12) October 12, 1969 (age 46)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Residence Athens, Ohio, U.S.
Alma mater Ohio University
Profession Project Coordinator
Religion Quaker

Debbie Phillips (born October 12, 1969) is a Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 92nd District until 2009, then the 94th District from 2012 onward after the districts were redrawn. She serves as assistant minority whip.


A graduate of Ohio University, Phillips sat on Athens City Council where she chaired the Planning and Development Committee. She was also the executive director of the Ohio Fair Schools Campaign.

Ohio House of Representatives[edit]

Phillips initially ran for the Ohio House in 2006, when incumbent Jimmy Stewart was vying for a third term.[1] In a contested race which proved to be undecided on election night, Stewart narrowly defeated Phillips with 51.08% of the vote.[2]

In 2008, Phillips opted to run again. However, with Stewart now running for the Ohio Senate, Phillips quickly became the favorite to win the seat.[3] Instead, she faced Athens County Auditor Jill Thompson in the general election, who proved to be a viable candidate. In the end, Phillips won with her second try, securing 50.47% of the vote.[4]

In 2010, Phillips was a top target for House Republicans, who saw her as vulnerable in the Republican leaning district. Fielded was Mike Hunter, a retired lieutenant colonel with the State Highway Patrol.[5] However, she won reelection with 52.59% of the vote.[6] After the election and with Democrats now in the minority, House colleagues chose Phillips to serve as assistant minority whip.[7] She also is serving on the committees of Rules and Reference, Finance and Appropriations and its Primary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, Education, and Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Policies, positions and initiatives[edit]


With Republicans gaining the House majority in 2011, Phillips had remained critical on the majority's plan to eliminate former Governor Ted Strickland's model for school funding, stating, "If we back away from our responsibility, it's going to be local taxpayers or the mom who now has to pay tuition for her child to attend kindergarten." She also has brought forth concerns that changes to the all-day kindergarten provision would conflict with the state's Race to the Top plan, which has garnered $400 million in federal funding for Ohio schools.

Phillips has been critical of state schools Superintendent Stan Heffner, stating that he influenced state contract awards to benefit a business that later offered him employment.[8]

She has also threatened legal action if Governor John Kasich does not offer actual budget numbers regarding his education funding in the biennium budget.[9]

Collective bargaining

Phillips is a staunch supporter of continuing collective bargaining for public employees. She has stated that she's "amazed" at how enthusiastic residents have been about repealing SB5.[10]


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