Elaine Phillips

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Elaine Phillips
Member of the New York Senate
from the 7th district
In office
January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018
Preceded byJack Martins
Succeeded byAnna Kaplan
Mayor of Flower Hill
In office
January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2016
Preceded byCharles W. Weiss
Succeeded byRobert McNamara
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Andy Phillips
ResidenceManhasset, New York
Alma materPennsylvania State University

Elaine Phillips is an American politician who represented the New York State Senate's 7th district. She is a Republican. Phillips was elected to the Senate in 2016, but was defeated in her 2018 re-election bid.

Life and career[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2]

Phillips and her husband, Andy, are the parents of three daughters.[3][4]

Mayor of Flower Hill, New York (2012-2016)[edit]

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).[5] 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.[6]

New York State Senator (2017-2018)[edit]

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.[7]

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. [8] 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.[9][10] She was sworn in on January 1, 2017.[11]

In 2018, Phillips lost her re-election bid to Democrat Anna Kaplan.[12][13]

Election results[edit]

Elaine R. Phillips (REP - CON - INDREF) ... 69,438
Adam M. Haber (DEM - WFP - WEP) ... 66,029


  1. ^ Pinchot, Joe (November 28, 2016). "Ex-local resident wins seat in New York Senate". The Herald (Sharon).
  2. ^ "Elaine Phillips kicks off State Senate campaign - Newsday". Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  3. ^ "Elaine Phillips Hopes to Keep the State Senate Under Republican Control". Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  4. ^ https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/elaine-phillips/about
  5. ^ Smirti, Steve (July 12, 2016). "Phillips Kicks Off Senate Campaign". Elmont Herald.
  6. ^ Goldstein, Linda (May 13, 2015). "Meet Flower Hill's Mayor". Port Washington News.
  7. ^ Roy, Yancey (May 18, 2016). "Nassau GOP set to back Phillips to replace Martins in State Senate". Newsday.
  8. ^ Brodsky, Robert (June 30, 2016). "Elaine Phillips kicks off State Senate campaign". Newsday.
  9. ^ "Our Campaigns - NY State Senate 07 Race - Nov 08, 2016". Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  10. ^ https://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/elections/2016/General/2016Senate.pdf
  11. ^ Johnson, Elizabeth. "Senator Elaine Phillips Gets To Work - Manhasset Press". Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  12. ^ Clausen, Janelle (7 November 2018). "Kaplan trumps Phillips as Democrats seize state Senate - Election 2018".
  13. ^ Johnson, Elizabeth. "Elaine Phillips To Run For New York Senate - Port Washington News". Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  14. ^ "General Election Results, State Senate: November 8, 2016" (PDF). New York State Board of Elections. December 22, 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Martins
New York Senate, 7th District
Succeeded by
Anna Kaplan