As State Representative for the 61st District, Phil King represents the people of Parker and Wise counties in the Texas Legislature. He has earned a reputation as a principle-driven conservative who consistently provides key leadership in passing some of Texas’ most sweeping public policy legislation.
King currently serves as a member of the House Committee on Elections and the House Committee on Urban Affairs. He also serves on the board of directors for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC works to advance the fundamental principles of free-market enterprise, limited government, and federalism at the state level through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector and the general public. Additionally, King serves as Vice-Chair of the Texas Legislative Tea Party Caucus, and is the immediate past Chairman of GOPAC-TX.
King served as Chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee, one of the key committees in the Texas House, for three legislative sessions, where he worked to promote competition in the electricity and telecommunications markets. King was also co-chair of the Electric Utility Restructuring Legislative Oversight Committee, a joint committee of the Texas House and Senate, and served on the Select Committee on Electric Generation Capacity and Environmental Effects. Additionally, he is on the board of directors of the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute, an organization that encourages the principles of economic liberty, limited government, and personal responsibility. King also serves as a board member of the steering committee for Power Across Texas, a non-profit learning center for energy issues that impact Texans' every day lives.
|Rep. Phil King is shown here accepting an award for 2006 "Legislator of the Year" Award from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a bi-partisan group of more than 2,400 legislators around the nation. ALEC members support the principles of limited government, free enterprise, federalism and individual liberty. Joining him for the award were (L-R) daughter Mary, wife Terry, and daughter Leah.|
Since his election in 1998, King has made an impact on Texas public policy. In 1999, he was named “Freshman Legislator of the Year” by his colleagues, “Rookie Legislator of the Year” by Texas Monthly, and “Crime Fighter of the Year” by the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. In his second term, he was named a “Fighter for Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business for his work on pro-business issues, and was honored by the Texas State Rifle Association for legislation implementing a firearms safety program in public schools.
During the 78th Legislature and the following Special Sessions, King authored the congressional redistricting legislation. King was also recognized as “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Association of Builders.
In 2005, King was the House sponsor of Senate Bill 5, which modernized Texas’ telecommunications laws. SB 5 has been hailed nationally for its groundbreaking provisions in opening the cable television market to greater competition, and has also been the subject of wide praise for its impact on technology investment in Texas. For his leadership on SB 5, King was named a “Legislator of the Year” by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a bi-partisan organization of over 2,400 state legislators committed to Jeffersonian principles of limited government, free enterprise, federalism, and individual liberty. ALEC adopted the principles of SB 5 as “model legislation” to be considered in other states.
In the summer of 2009, King and several of his Republican colleagues formed the Texas chapter of the national political action committee, GOPAC. As chair of GOPAC-TX, King’s goal was to recruit, fundraise and help conservative republican candidates win back seats in the Texas Legislature. GOPAC-TX was instrumental in seeing 101 Republican members elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November of 2010 - the largest Republican majority in the Texas House since Reconstruction.
King serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Texas State Guard, one of three branches of the Military Forces of the State of Texas. The Guard assists and augments the Texas National Guard and Texas civil authorities during state emergencies and in homeland security.
Prior to serving in the legislature, King served as a Captain in the Fort Worth Police Department, an instructor at Dallas Baptist University and a Parker County Justice of the Peace. He received a BA and MBA from Dallas Baptist University and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University. In 2001, King received the Outstanding Alumni award from Dallas Baptist University, and in 2006, Texas Wesleyan University awarded King with the Distinguished Alumni award. King is a frequent speaker on telecommunications and energy policy and also sits on the board of the Weatherford College Education Foundation.
Currently, he is a practicing attorney in Weatherford with the firm of Eggleston Flowers & King, LLP. Representative King and his family are active members of Trinity Bible Church. Phil and his wife Terry are the proud parents of six children, three granddaughters, and four grandsons.