Larry Phillips (Texas politician)

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Lawrence A. "Larry" Phillips
Texas State Representative from District 62 (Fannin and Grayson counties)
Assumed office
2003
Preceded by Ronald H. Clark
Personal details
Born (1966-04-05) April 5, 1966 (age 51)
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Robin Lynn Phillips
Residence

Sherman, Grayson County

Texas, USA
Alma mater

Baylor University

University of Houston Law Center
Occupation Attorney

Lawrence A. Phillips, known as Larry Phillips (born April 5, 1966), is an attorney from Sherman, Texas,[1] who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 62 (which serves Delta, Fannin, and Grayson counties).[2]

Biography[edit]

Phillips received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baptist-affiliated Baylor University in Waco. He procured his Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center in Houston.[3]

Phillips initially won his seat in 2003 in a special runoff election with nearly 66 percent of the vote; his defeated opponent was the Democrat Donnie Jarvis, also of Sherman.[4] The vacancy appeared when U.S. President George W. Bush appointed Republican State Representative Ronald H. Clark of Sherman as a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, based in the branch court at Beaumont in southeastern Texas. Clark had held the state House seat since 1997.[5]

Phillips is the chairman of the House Transportation Committee and a member of the committees on (1) Ethics, (2) Redistricting, and (3) Border and Intergovernmental Affairs.[2] Phillips secured his latest full term in 2010 with nearly 88 percent of the ballots cast over the Libertarian Kenneth Myers. No Democrat sought the seat.[3] Phillips has also been a member of numerous committees to date:

82nd legislature

  • Border & Intergovernmental Affairs
  • General Investigating & Ethics
  • Oversight of Criminal Justice
  • Redistricting
  • Transportation (Chair)

81st Legislature

  • Culture, Recreation & Tourism
  • General Investigating & Ethics (Vice Chair)
  • Oversight of Criminal Justice
  • Transportation (Vice Chair)
  • Transportation Funding, Select (Chair)

80th Legislature

  • Culture, Recreation, & Tourism
  • General Investigating & Ethics (Chair)
  • Intermediate Care Facility Services, Select (Chair)
  • Operation & Management of the Texas Youth Commission
  • Private Participation in Toll Projects
  • Transportation (Vice Chair)

79th Legislature

  • Culture, Recreation, & Tourism
  • Election Contests, Select
  • Transportation (Vice Chair)

78th Legislature

  • Construction-Related Workers' Comp, Select
  • Election Contests, Select
  • State Cultural and Recreational Resources
  • Transportation (Vice Chair)

Texas House Ethics Panel[edit]

In November 2010, State Representative Bryan Hughes, an attorney from Mineola in Wood County in east Texas, withdrew his support for a second term for moderate Republican Joe Straus of San Antonio as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Hughes charged that Straus was punishing intraparty conservative opponents with unfair redistricting. Hughes based his claim on a conversation with one of Straus' staffers.

Hughes said that he was told two East Texas members were being especially earmarked through redistricting, then Representative-elect Erwin Cain of Sulphur Springs and Dan Flynn of Van. Representative Chuck Hopson of Jacksonville, a Democrat-turned-Republican and chairman of the House Ethics Committee, called upon Hughes to reveal the name of the informant.[6]

Under oath at his own request, Hughes identified the informant as Representative Phillips. Before the Ethics Committee, Phillips removed himself as a member for the duration of the hearing and denied Hughes's accusation. The phone conversation between Hughes and Phillips was not recorded. The committee did not reach a judgment because of the lack of corroborating witnesses.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rep. Larry Phillips". manta.com. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Larry Phillips". house.state.tx.us. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Larry Phillips". texastribune.org. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Special election returns, January 7, 2003". elections.sos.state.tx.us. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ronald H. Clark". lrl.state.tx.us. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Elise Hu, "Bryan Hughes Withdraws Support for Straus," November 10, 2010". texastribune.org. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Texas House committee won't act on Rep. Phillips' alleged threats, November 23, 2010". KXII-TV.com. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Patrick Brendel, "Texas House Ethics Panel Takes No Action on Alleged Redistricting Threats by Vice-Chair Phillips," November 23, 2010". americanindependent.com. Archived from the original on December 27, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ronald H. Clark
Texas State Representative from District 62 (Fannin and Grayson counties)

Lawrence A. "Larry" Phillips
2003–

Succeeded by
Incumbent