Phil Montgomery

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Phil Montgomery (born July 7, 1957) is an American politician.

Montgomery lives in Middleton, Wisconsin, and served as the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin until 2015.[1] He previously represented the fourth Assembly District in the Wisconsin State Assembly.[2] He was born in Hammond, Indiana, July 7, 1957.[3] He is married and has 2 children. He is a graduate T.F. North H.S., and holds a B.S. in Business and Commerce from the University of Houston–Downtown (1988).

Legislative Issues[edit]

As a Legislator from 1998 to 2010, Representative Montgomery served on the Special Committee on Clean Energy Jobs, Joint Committee on Finance, Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities, Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology, and served on other related committees in the Assembly and on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute.[4]

During the 2007-2008 legislative session, Representative Montgomery authored legislation providing statewide video franchising.[5] The governor and others supported the bill. The bill provided a much simpler process for a franchise, while eliminating some traditional franchise requirements such as service to almost everyone in the territory. The bill had bipartisan support, with the La Crosse Tribune noting Democratic Party chairman Joe Weinke registered to lobby for AT&T while the bill was before the Democratic controlled Senate.[6] In 2006 when the proposal was being developed, AT&T contributed $2,250 to Montgomery's campaign.[7] He also supported passage of the Great Lakes Compact and use of renewable energy.[8][9]

Montgomery "supported the interests of the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce 100 percent in 2005-2006. of or in opposition to ACLU of Wisconsin's position, Assembly Member Montgomery received a rating of 0. ...supported the interests of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards 17 percent in 2005-2006. National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund assigned Assembly Member Montgomery a grade of A....he supported the interests of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO 20 percent in 2005-2006."[10]

Montgomery voted against AB61,a bill that "prohibits any incumbent partisan elective state official ... from accepting any political contribution ... from the first Monday in January of each odd-numbered year through the date of enactment of the biennial budget act." [11] Montgomery has introduced and strongly supported AB 285, a bill that would allow increases in the cost of basic telephone service.[12]


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