|Lawrence A. Phillips|
Lawrence A. Phillips, known as Larry Phillips (born April 5, 1966), is an attorney from Sherman in north Texas, who is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 62 (Fannin and Grayson counties).
Phillips received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baptist-affiliated Baylor University in Waco. He then procured his Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law School in Houston.
In 2003, Phillips initially won his seat in a special runoff election with nearly 66 percent of the vote; his defeated opponent was the Democrat Donnie Jarvis, also of Sherman. The vacancy occurred 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 District 62 seat since 1997.
Phillips is the chairman of the House Transportation Committee and a member of the committees on (1) Ethics, (2) Redistricting, and (3) Border and Intergovernmental Affairs. 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.
In November 2010, State Representative Bryan Hughes, an attorney from Mineola County in Wood County in east Texas, 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 Phillips told him that two East Texas members were being especially earmarked through redistricting, then Representative-elect Erwin Cain of Sulphur Springs and Dan Flynn of Van, Texas. Representative Chuck Hopson of Jacksonville, Texas, a De Democrat-turned-Republican and chairman of the House Ethics Committee, called upon Hughes to reveal the name of the informant. 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 hence did not reach a judgment because of the lack of corroborating witnesses.
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- Patrick Brendel, "Texas House Ethics Panel Takes No Action on Alleged Redistricting Threats by Vice-Chair Phillips," November 23, 2010. americanindependent.com. Retrieved on September 28, 2011.