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Larry Phillips

Lawrence Augustine
"Larry" Phillips

Texas State Representative for
District 62 (Delta, Fannin and Grayson counties)
In office
January 2003 – April 2018
Preceded by Ronald H. Clark
Succeeded by Pending November 6 general election between Reginald B. "Reggie" Smith, Jr., and Valerie Hefner

Judge of the Texas District Court for Grayson, Fannin, and Delta counties
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 2019 (pending)

Born April 5, 1966
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Robin Lynn Phillips

Lawrence Augustine Phillips, known as Larry Phillips (born April 5, 1966), is an attorney from Sherman in Grayson Count in north Texas,[1] who is a Republican former member of the Texas House of Representatives for District 62 (Fannin and Grayson counties).[2]

Phillips received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Southern Baptist-affiliated Baylor University in Waco. He then procured his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law School in Houston.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

While in the House, Phillips served as the chairman of the House Transportation Committee and sat on these committees: (1) Ethics, (2) Redistricting, and (3) Border and Intergovernmental Affairs.[2] Phillips secured his latest full term in 2010 with nearly 88 percent of the ballots cast over the Libertarian Kenneth Myers. NoDemocrat sought the seat.[3]

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.[6] 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.[7][8]

Phillips resigned his long-term House seat in April 2018. He is the unopposed Republican nominee for a state district court position in Grayson, Fannin, and Delta counties to which Governor Greg Abbott appointed him in the interim pending the start of the judicial term in January 2019. A special election will be held November 6, 2018, to choose a successor to finish Phillips' unexpired House term.[9] Conservative Republican Reginald B. "Reggie" Smith, Jr., and the Democrat Valerie Hefner, both of Sherman, will compete for the regular District 62 House term. A former chairman of the Grayson County Republican Party, Smith defeated fellow Republican Brent Lawson, 71 to 29 percent, in the May 22 party runoff election.[10]

References

  1. Rep. Larry Phillips. manta.com. Retrieved on September 28, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Larry Phillips. house.state.tx.us. Retrieved on September 28, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Larry Phillips. texastribune.org. Retrieved on September 28, 2011.
  4. Special election returns, January 7, 2003. elections.sos.state.tx.us. Retrieved on September 28, 2011.
  5. Ronald H. Clark. lrl.state.tx.us. Retrieved on September 28, 2011.
  6. Elise Hu, "Bryan Hughes Withdraws Support for Straus," November 10, 2010. texastribune.org. Retrieved on September 26, 2011.
  7. Texas House committee won't act on Rep. Phillips' alleged threats, November 23, 2010. KXII-TV.com. Retrieved on September 27, 2011.
  8. 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.
  9. Patrick Svitek (April 30, 2018). Gov. Greg Abbott calls Nov. 6 special election for Larry Phillip's state House seat. The Texas Tribune. Retrieved on May 26, 2018.
  10. Election Returns. Texas Secretary of State (May 22, 2018). Retrieved on May 26, 2018.