Merle Phillips

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Merle H. Phillips
Pennsylvania state legislator Merle Phillips (2008).jpg
Northumberland County Commissioner
In office
November 24, 2010[1] – January 3, 2012[2]
Preceded by Kurt Masser
Succeeded by Rick Shoch
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 108th district
In office
April 8, 1980[3] – January 4, 2011
Preceded by George O. Wagner
Succeeded by Lynda Schlegel Culver
Personal details
Born (1928-09-21)September 21, 1928
Dalmatia, Pennsylvania
Died December 30, 2013(2013-12-30) (aged 85)
Sunbury, Pennsylvania
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Helen Heckert
Residence Upper Augusta Township, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Susquehanna University
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1951 — 1957

Merle H. Phillips was a Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 108th District from 1980 until retiring in 2010. He also was appointed as Northumberland County Commissioner in 2010 to finish Kurt Masser's term after the position was vacated when Masser was elected to the 107th District


Prior to his election to the State House, Phillips was the president of Irish Valley Food Processing. He served in the United States Marine Corps for four and a half years active duty and two years in the Reserves.[4]

Phillips ended his term serving in House Leadership as Republican Caucus Administrator. Previously, he has served as Republican Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Game and Fisheries Committee and Secretary of the Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee, as well as serving as a member of the Transportation and Appropriations Committees.[4]

On January 15, 2010, Phillips announced he would not be seeking reelection.[5] Since retiring from the state House of Representatives he has been appointed to fill a vacancy as a commissioner of Northumberland County in November 2010.

On November 8, 2011, Phillips only captured 17% of the vote for Northumberland County Commissioner.[6] He was succeeded by Republican Rick Shoch.


Representative Phillips resides in Upper Augusta Township. He and his wife have five children. Merle Phillips died on December 30, 2013.[7][8]


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