Born in Russell County, Virginia. Phillip and his wife, Jeanette, reside in Lebanon. They have three children: John, Joseph, and Martha.

Graduated from University of Tennessee, where he received his Bachelor of Science and later received a Master's in Administration from Virginia Tech.

Former educator who served as a Principal and Teacher in the Russell County School System.

Vice President of Business Development for First Bank & Trust Company.

Member of Lebanon Community Fellowship; Russell County Chamber of Commerce; and the Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department.

Member of the Senate of Virginia since 1999, representing the 38th Senatorial District.

Serves on the following committees and commissions:

    Senate Standing Committees:
  • Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Commerce and Labor
  • Privileges and Elections
  • Transportation
  • Rules
    Legislative Commissions:
  • Virginia Coal and Energy Commission
  • Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission
  • Virginia Unemployment Compensation Commission
  • Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission
  • Southwest Virginia Health Facilities Authority
  • Board of Trustees of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
  • Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission
  • Tourist Train Development Authority
  • Governor's Motorcycle Advisory Council
  • Volunteer Firefighters' & Rescue Squad Workers' Service Award Fund Board
  • National Conference of State Legislatures; Economic Development and Labor Committee
  • Southern Legislative Conference; Agriculture & Rural Development