Phil received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from Harvard. Before winning election to the legislature, he was education aide to Gov. John Spellman and Regional Commissioner of the U.S. Office of Education. Phil is the assistant majority floor leader. As of the 2008 Legislative session, he serves as chair of the Water, Energy & Telecommunications Committee (formerly the Water, Energy & Environment Committee, to which he was vice chair), and is a member of both the Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation Committee (formerly vice chair) and the Ways & Means Committee.
In a district defined by its unique geography and quality of life, he is a strong advocate for clean air and water, as well as quality jobs, schools and health care.
Boards and Committees: Legislative: Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB), Council of State Governments-WEST Western Water and Environment Committee, Joint Subcommittee on the Statutory Duties of the State Board of Education, Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC), National Conference of State Legislatures Clean Energy and Air Quality Working Group, National Conference of State Legislatures Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Puget Sound Partnership, Statute Law Committee. Non-Legislative: Kitsap Area Agency on Aging board member, Kitsap Community Resources board member
Phil and his wife, Anita, live on Bainbridge Island and have three daughters.
Senator Phil Rockefeller was chosen as Washington Conservation Voters' 2007 Legislator of the Year and was an environmental champion in the 2005-2006 Legislative Scorecard.
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