|Member of the New York Senate|
from the 7th district
January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018
|Preceded by||Jack Martins|
|Succeeded by||Anna Kaplan|
|Mayor of Flower Hill|
January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2016
|Preceded by||Charles W. Weiss|
|Succeeded by||Robert McNamara|
|Residence||Manhasset, New York|
|Alma mater||Pennsylvania State University|
Elaine Phillips is an American politician who represented District Seven in the New York State Senate. She is a Republican. Phillips was elected to the Senate in 2016, but was defeated in her 2018 re-election bid.
Life and career
Phillips was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of John Reidman, a steel worker who died when she was 12, and Betty Reidman, who worked as a cook at a local American Legion post. Phillips attended Penn State University, where she earned both her bachelor's degree and an M.B.A. in Finance. A former financial analyst, Phillips worked for large financial institutions for over 20 years, including Met Life and JP Morgan Securities. She later served as a Vice President in Institutional Sales at Goldman Sachs.
Mayor of Flower Hill, New York (2012-2016)
Phillips served as the Mayor of Flower Hill, New York from 2012 to 2016. During her tenure as Mayor, she cut taxes and stabilized the village's finances (which, under her predecessor's management, were criticized by the New York State Comptroller's Office). Phillips also implemented an environmental policy to expand the number of trees in the village, an effort which led the Village to be named Tree City USA by the national Arbor Day Committee.
New York State Senator (2017-2018)
In 2016, State Senator Jack Martins decided to run for Congress, foregoing re-election to the Senate to do so. Phillips announced that she would seek the open Senate seat and was supported by Martins.
Phillips ran on a platform which included cutting taxes, combating the heroin epidemic and strengthening state ethics laws in response to corruption scandals in Albany.  Phillips was unopposed for the Republican nomination. With the Seventh district being one of the most competitive districts in the state, the race was projected to be close. In the end, Phillips defeated Democrat Adam M. Haber by a 51% to 49% margin. She was sworn in on January 1, 2017.
Phillips sits on the following Senate Committees: Infrastructure & Capital Investments (Chair); Ethics (Chair); Alcoholism & Drug Abuse (member); Civil Service & Pensions (member); Environmental Conservation (member); Insurance (member); Investigations & Government Operations (member); and Judiciary (member).
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- Senator Elaine Phillips official site
| New York Senate, 7th District