Phillip D. Bissett

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Phillip D. Bissett
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
from the 30th district
In office
March 1991 – January 13, 1999
Preceded by Donald E. Lamb
Succeeded by Richard D'Amato
Director of MARC Train System
In office
2004 – May 17, 2005
Personal details
Born (1956-09-11) September 11, 1956 (age 60)
Bethesda, Maryland
Political party Republican

Phillip D. Bissett (born September 11, 1956), was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, District 30 in Anne Arundel County and is a former Republican candidate for Anne Arundel County Executive.

Background[edit]

Bissett was appointed to replace the late Aris T. Allen in the Maryland House of Delegates in 1991.[1] He served until 1999 when he was defeated by Richard D'Amato for his seat in Anne Arundel County's District 30.

Education[edit]

Bissett attended Southern High School. After high school he attended Anne Arundel Community College.

Career[edit]

Bissett has been active in the Republican Party for many years. Prior to serving as State Delegate in the Maryland House of Delegates, he was a member of the County Executive's Transition Team for Anne Arundel County in 1990. He has also served on the State Commission on the Capital City and the South County Environmental Commission.

While a member of the House of Delegates, Bissett served on several committees including: the Judiciary Committee from 1991 until 1999 and the Joint Committee on Federal Relations from 1994 until 1999. He was the Chair of the Anne Arundel County Delegation from 1995 until 1999 and a member of the Southern Legislative Conference. Finally, he was the Maryland Vice-Chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) from 1997 until 1999.

Since leaving his elected position, he has served as Director of the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train and Commuter Bus Service from 2004 until May 17, 2005. He was a Delegate to the Republican Party National Convention, 1992 and 1996. He was co-chair of the Anne Arundel County Bush/Quayle Campaign in 1992. He is a former member of the Anne Arundel County Republican Central Committee and current member of the Loch Haven Civic Association. He is a past member of the Young Republicans of Anne Arundel County.

Bissett was the Republican nominee for County Executive in 2002, losing a close race to Janet S. Owens despite being outspent 6-to-1. Bissett served as Director of Maryland's MARC Train System under Governor Bob Ehrlich until May 17, 2005, when he stepped down. Bissett campaigned for a second try to be County Executive in 2006, again losing a close race to John Leopold by 1.65% of the vote.

Bissett has won several awards in his career including Legislator of the Year from the State's Attorneys' Association in 1994 and the Legislator of the Year from the Judiciary Committee of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce in 1997.

Election results[edit]

  • 2002 election for Anne Arundel County Executive[2]
Voters to choose one:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Janet S. Owens, Dem. 89,456   51.8%    Won
Phillip Bissett, Rep. 83,305   48.2%    Lost
  • 1998 election for Maryland House of Delegates – District 30[3]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Michael E. Busch, Dem. 24,075   21%    Won
Virginia P. Clagett, Dem. 24,036   21%    Won
Richard D'Amato, Dem. 20,223   18%    Won
Phillip Bissett, Rep. 18,690   16%    Lost
Edward J. Turner, Rep. 14,119   12%    Lost
Anthony McConkey, Rep. 12,353   11%    Lost
  • 1994 election for Maryland House of Delegates – District 30[4]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
Michael E. Busch, Dem. 18,709   19%    Won
Phillip Bissett, Rep. 18,009   23%    Won
Virginia P. Clagett, Dem. 18,254   18%    Won
Ralph C. Rosacker, Rep. 16,299   16%    Lost
Joan Beck, Rep. 15,974   16%    Lost
John C. Eldridge Jr., Dem. 13,320   13%    Lost
  • 1990 election for Maryland House of Delegates – District 30[5]
Voters to choose three:
Name Votes Percent Outcome
John C. Astle, Dem. 18,009   23%    Won
Aris Allen, Rep. 16,951   22%    Won
Michael E. Busch, Dem. 16,104   18%    Won
Edith Segree, Dem. 14,341   18%    Lost
Phillip Bissett, Rep. 13,321   17%    Lost

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Delegate Studies Duties First-Hand, Annapolis Capital, 24 July 1991
  2. ^ "Anne Arundel County Executive Results". Maryland Archives.  Retrieved on Nov. 7, 2007
  3. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Nov. 7, 2007
  4. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Nov. 7, 2007
  5. ^ "House of Delegates Results". Maryland State Board of Elections.  Retrieved on Nov. 7, 2007

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