Philip English

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Phil English is a former member of Congress

Phillip Sheridan English, a Republican, represented Pennsylvania's 3rd Congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1995-2009. In the November 2008 general election he was defeated by Democratic challenger Kathy Dahlkemper.[1]


Record and controversies

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American Conservative Union 64 - 16/25 not avail.
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Americans for Democratic Action 40 - 8/20 65 - 13/20
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce 90 - 18/20 not avail.

Iraq War

English voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[2]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Term-limit pledge

According the organization U.S. Term Limits, English pledged to serve no more than six terms in Congress during his initial campaign in 1994. [1] He broke the pledge, however, when he opted to seek a seventh term in 2006. English has denied that he ever made such a pledge. [2]

(See Congresspedia page on term limits in Congress)


English was born June 20, 1956 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania. While in college, he served as Chairman of the Pennsylvania College Republicans.

English served as Erie, PA City Controller from 1985-1989. In 1988 he was the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania Treasurer but was defeated by Democrat Catherine Baker Knoll. He stayed in politics and served as Chief of Staff for then State Senator Melissa Hart.

Congressional career

English was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 to the 21st District House seat that Tom Ridge had vacated in his successful run for Governor. (Redistricting put him in the 4th District in 2002.)

2006 elections

In 2006, Democrats nominated Steve Porter to face English in his November 2006 bid for reelection. English retained his seat.(See U.S. congressional elections in 2006)[3]

2008 elections

English was defeated in the November 4, 2008 general election by Democratic nominee Kathy Dahlkemper.[1]

Money in politics

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Committees and Affiliations


  • House Committee on Ways and Means
    • Subcommittee on Health
    • Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support
    • Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures - Ranking Member

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Philip English. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
1410 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-3803
Phone: 202-225-5406
Fax: 202-225-3103
Web Email
General Web Email

District Office- Butler:
101 East Diamond Street, Suite 213
Butler, PA 16001
Phone: 724-285-7005
Fax: 724-285-5616

District Office- Erie:
208 East Bayfront Parkway, Suite 102
Erie, PA 16507
Phone: 814-456-2038
Fax: 814-454-0163

District Office- Hermitage:
City Annex Building
900 North Hermitage Road
Hermitage, PA 16148
Phone: 724-342-6132
Fax: 724-342-6219

District Office- Meadville:
312 Chestnut Street
Meadville, PA 16335
Phone: 814-724-8414
Fax: 814-333-8829

District Office- Warren:
800 Pennsylvania Avenue, West
Warren, PA 16365
Phone: 814-723-7282
Fax: 814-454-0163

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