Erie, Pennsylvania , United States
|| June 20, 1956
Aug 11, 2015 04:02am
Caucasian - Married - Straight -
|Info||U.S. Rep. Phil English was elected in 1994 to serve northwestern Pennsylvania's 21st District, which includes Erie and Mercer counties as well as parts of Butler and Crawford counties. In his first term, English was appointed to the Ways and Means Committee, which handles legislation affecting taxes, trade, health, Medicare, Social Security and welfare. He is a member of the committee's Health, Trade and Human Resources subcommittees. He was the first freshman Republican in 30 years to be named to the committee. In 2001, English was appointed to the Joint Economic Committee, which is a combined House and Senate committee that serves as the economic policy arm of Congress and was named the chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, which is a bipartisan group of House members who represent districts with steel manufacturers. |
Job growth is one of English's top priorities. He strives for fair trade and is working to update American trade laws to prevent unfair dumping by foreign countries. English also supports fundamental tax reform and has authored a bill to replace the tax code with one that promotes savings, stimulates the economy and levels the playing field for American companies and their workers.
English advocates fiscal responsibility including eliminating the automatic pay raises for members of Congress. He has introduced a bill to stop the automatic pay increases and has never accepted a congressional pay raise B donating all of the money to local charities instead. He also has introduced a constitutional amendment for a line item veto that would allow the President to surgically remove unnecessary spending from spending bills.
English is also striving to protect seniors by championing reforms to strengthen Medicare and save Social Security. He is crafting legislation to fix the Medicare reimbursement system, which is driving up the out-of-pocket costs for seniors as well as examining the many Social Security proposals to find the one that best fits the needs of northwestern Pennsylvania. He pushed legislation such as the minimum wage increase and authored the 1995 Lockbox amendment to prevent Medicare savings from being spent on tax cuts or other programs.
The congressman also wants to help families struggling to meet the high cost of college tuition through his Education for Life plan. The proposal includes incentives for people to save for education throughout their lives.
Prior to his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, English served as chief of staff for Pennsylvania Senator Melissa Hart. He also worked as the Minority Executive Director of the state Senate Finance Committee. English served as Executive Director of the state Senate Transportation Committee and Research Director of the state Senate Labor and Industry Committee.
In 1985, English was elected Erie City Controller, making him the first Republican elected to the city office in 20 years. He played a key role in developing new investment fund policies for the city's pension funds as well as served as vice chairman of the Pennsylvania City Controllers Association.
The 45-year-old English was born and raised in Erie. He received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He lives in Erie with his wife, Chris, who is a teacher in the Erie public school system.
English has received numerous awards from various agencies since being elected in 1994 including:
Super friend of Seniors in 1999 and 2000 by the 60 Plus Association
Friend of the National Parks B the National Park Conservancy Association
National Association of Realtors 106th Congress Legislative Leadership Award.
Hero of the Taxpayer by the Americans for Tax Reform including 1999 and 2000.
Advocate of the Small Business 2000 by the Small Business Survival Committee.
Friend of the Shareholder 2000 Award from the American Shareholders Association.
Honored by the American Hospital Association for his legislative efforts to protect hospitals
Distinguished Service Award from the Lake Erie Health Education Center
Leadership Award 2000 from KIDco & TADco
Friend of AvaMed Award
Roger Williams Award from the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity.
Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for the 104th, 105th and 106th Congress
The Jefferson Award for the 105th Congress from the Citizens for a Sound Economy
The Pennsylvania Association of Home Health Agencies 1996 Congressional Legislator of the Year
The 1996 Campaign to Keep American Warm award for the leadership and unfailing support for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
The Paul Harris Award from Rotary International
American College of Emergency Physicians Award for efforts to assure coverage of emergency medical services for all patients in need
Neal Coughlin Award and Robert Parker Award, Erie County Republican Party
A Watchdog of the U.S. Treasury for the 104th, 105th, 106th Congresses
Guardian of the Small Business from the National Federation of Independent Business
The 105th Congress Legislative Excellence Award from the National Manufacturers Association
The 1999 Beacon Award from the American Society of Association Executives
The 1996 Friend of the Family Award from the Christian Coalition
Congressman of the Year Award, 1996, from the Council of Development Financial Agencies
The 1996 President's Award for Legislative Excellence, National Beer Wholesalers Association
The President's citation from the American Institute for Architects
Appreciation Award from the Make-a-Wish Foundation
The 1996 Thomas Jefferson Award from the Food Distributors International
The 1995 Guardian of Medicare Award from the Coalition for Responsible Medicare Reform
United Seniors Association Pro-senior Tax Cut Award
Certificate for co-sponsoring legislation favorable to the Union Label and Services Trades Department
Certificate for distinguished achievement by the Conneaut Lake Park Volunteer Fire Department
Teen Anti-drug Coalition of America certificate of Leadership Award for Excellence in Drug Prevention
American Legion Orville H Frank Post 742 certificate of appreciation for outstanding service and assistance which contributed to the advancement of the American Legion programs and activities.
Erie Postal Credit Union certificate for supporting the Credit Union Membership Access Act
Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding support and contributions to the Fathers' Workshop Program
1997 Award from the Credit Unions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in recognition of the courage and leadership shown on their behalf
National Joint Council of Food Inspection Locals of the American Federation of Government Employee AFL-CIO Award for support and concern for food safety and consumer protection regarding meat.
Public Service Award for unwavering support of the Community Service Block Grant to help poor and disadvantaged citizens, Sept. 1996 from the Greater Erie Community Action Committee
Commanders Award for outstanding achievement in support of the 1999 Toys for Tots Program
Certificate of Appreciation for participation in programs during National Chemistry Week 1997
The October 1997 Coalition to Save Medicare Award
Special recognition for helping with the 1995 Erie International Air Show
1997 Society for American Archaeology Public Service Award
The 24/7 Award for effort to assure coverage of emergency medical services for all patients in need from the American College of Emergency Physicians
1995 Erie County Young Republican of the Year