Tim Phillips (political strategist)

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Tim Phillips
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Occupation President of Americans for Prosperity

Tim Phillips (born July 13, 1964) is the current president of Americans for Prosperity[1][2] and a Tea Party movement activist.[3][4][5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Phillips grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. After briefly attending Liberty University in 1983, he went to Washington D.C. as part of a school sponsored internship with the Department of Education, thus beginning his political career. After a brief courtship with fellow intern Julia Reider Phillips, the two were married and had four children including a son, twin boys, and one daughter.[1]

Phillips completed his education in 1985 as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Virginia Tech, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science.[7] Phillips is active in the youth ministry at his church, Cornerstone Chapel, Leesburg, VA[8] and is a fan of the NFL.[9]

Early career[edit]

Phillips was chief of staff to United States House of Representatives member Bob Goodlatte of Virginia. Phillips co-founded political consulting firm Century Strategies with political strategist conservative American political activist Ralph Reed.[10][11]

Americans for Prosperity (AFP)[edit]

Under Phillips, Americans for Prosperity has seen rapid growth in the last 6 years, its membership going from 9 state chapters in 2006, to 50 state chapters and more than 2 million members nationally.

In January, 2011, Rolling Stone magazine named Phillips one of the top twelve people blocking progress on global warming.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Tim Phillips". Americans for Prosperity. August 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ Zernike, Kate (October 19, 2010). "Secretive Republican Donors Are Planning Ahead". New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b "7 Tim Phillips President, Americans for Prosperity". Rolling Stone. February 3, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Americans for Prosperity". factcheck.org. October 10, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tea party organizer: 'A freedom movement'". CNN. September 24, 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Tea Party Is Outside Your House". Slate. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Timothy R. Phillips". Century Strategies. Archived from the original on 2004-06-03. 
  8. ^ "Youth Ministries: High School". Cornerstone Chapel. Retrieved 2012-06-08. [dead link]
  9. ^ AFP President Tim Phillips on Hannity's Great American Panel on YouTube
  10. ^ Sonmez, Felicia (August 26, 2010). "Who is Americans for Prosperity?". Washington Post. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  11. ^ Rutenberg, Jim (October 17, 2014). "How Billionaire Oligarchs Are Becoming Their Own Political Parties". New York Times Magazine. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 

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