Larry Phillips (Texas politician)

Lawrence Augustine Phillips, known as Larry Phillips (born April 5, 1966), is an attorney from Sherman, Texas,[1] who has served as judge of the Texas District Court for Grayson, Fannin, and Delta counties since 2018.[2] He previously served as a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 62 (which includes Delta, Fannin, and Grayson counties).[3]

Lawrence Augustine "Larry" Phillips
Judge of the Texas District Court for Delta, Fannin, and Grayson counties
Assumed office
May 2018
Texas State Representative from District 62 (Delta, Fannin, and Grayson counties)
In office
2003–2018
Preceded byRonald H. Clark
Succeeded byReggie Smith
Personal details
Born (1966-04-05) April 5, 1966 (age 53)
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Robin Lynn Phillips
ResidenceSherman, Grayson County
Texas, USA
Alma materBaylor University
University of Houston Law Center
OccupationAttorney

BiographyEdit

Phillips received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University in Waco. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center.[4]

Phillips initially won his seat in the state House in 2003 in a special runoff election with nearly 66 percent of the vote; his defeated opponent was the Democrat Donnie Jarvis.[5] The vacancy appeared when U.S. President George W. Bush appointed Republican State Representative Ronald H. Clark of Sherman as a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, based in the branch court at Beaumont in southeastern Texas. Clark had held the state House seat since 1997.[6]

Phillips served as the chairman of the House Transportation Committee and was a member of the committees on Ethics, Redistricting, and Border and Intergovernmental Affairs.[3] Phillips secured his latest full term in 2010 with nearly 88 percent of the ballots cast over the Libertarian Kenneth Myers. No Democrat sought the seat.[4] Phillips was also a member of numerous committees:

82nd Legislature

  • Border & Intergovernmental Affairs
  • General Investigating & Ethics
  • Oversight of Criminal Justice
  • Redistricting
  • Transportation (Chair)

81st Legislature

  • Culture, Recreation & Tourism
  • General Investigating & Ethics (Vice Chair)
  • Oversight of Criminal Justice
  • Transportation (Vice Chair)
  • Transportation Funding, Select (Chair)

80th Legislature

  • Culture, Recreation, & Tourism
  • General Investigating & Ethics (Chair)
  • Intermediate Care Facility Services, Select (Chair)
  • Operation & Management of the Texas Youth Commission
  • Private Participation in Toll Projects
  • Transportation (Vice Chair)

79th Legislature

  • Culture, Recreation, & Tourism
  • Election Contests, Select
  • Transportation (Vice Chair)

78th Legislature

  • Construction-Related Workers' Comp, Select
  • Election Contests, Select
  • State Cultural and Recreational Resources
  • Transportation (Vice Chair)

Texas House Ethics PanelEdit

In November 2010, State Representative Bryan Hughes withdrew his support for a second term for moderate Republican Joe Straus of San Antonio as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. Hughes charged that Straus was punishing intraparty conservative opponents with unfair redistricting. Hughes based his claim on a conversation with one of Straus' staffers.

Hughes said that he was told two East Texas members were being especially earmarked through redistricting, then Representative-elect Erwin Cain of Sulphur Springs and Dan Flynn of Van. Representative Chuck Hopson of Jacksonville, a Democrat-turned-Republican and chairman of the House Ethics Committee, called upon Hughes to reveal the name of the informant.[7]

Under oath at his own request, Hughes identified the informant as Representative Phillips. Before the Ethics Committee, Phillips removed himself as a member for the duration of the hearing and denied Hughes's accusation. The phone conversation between Hughes and Phillips was not recorded. The committee did not reach a judgment because of the lack of corroborating witnesses.[8][9]

While in the legislature, he was the only Republican state lawmakers to support the Texas Sunset Commission, and he argued for the enhancement of toll roads.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rep. Larry Phillips". manta.com. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  2. ^ Hutchins, Michael (January 1, 2019). "Grayson County swears in newly-elected officials". The Herald Democrat. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Larry Phillips". house.state.tx.us. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Larry Phillips". texastribune.org. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  5. ^ "Special election returns, January 7, 2003". elections.sos.state.tx.us. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "Ronald H. Clark". lrl.state.tx.us. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  7. ^ "Elise Hu, "Bryan Hughes Withdraws Support for Straus," November 10, 2010". texastribune.org. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  8. ^ "Texas House committee won't act on Rep. Phillips' alleged threats, November 23, 2010". KXII-TV.com. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  9. ^ "Patrick Brendel, "Texas House Ethics Panel Takes No Action on Alleged Redistricting Threats by Vice-Chair Phillips," November 23, 2010". americanindependent.com. Archived from the original on December 27, 2010. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  10. ^ "The Worst: Larry Philips, 2016". Texas Monthly. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
Texas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ronald H. Clark
Texas State Representative from District 62 (Delta, Fannin and Grayson counties)

Lawrence Augustine "Larry" Phillips
2003–2018

Succeeded by
Reggie Smith