Phil served seven distinguished terms in the United States House of Representatives, representing Western Pennsylvania’s 3rd District from 1995 to 2009. Phil served on the Ways and Means Committee and was the first Republican freshman appointed to that committee since George H. W. Bush in 1967. In the 110th Congress, he served as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee of Select Revenue Measures.
As a member of Congress, Phil became a strong advocate in the areas of health care, energy, tax, and trade policy. He was a long-time member of the Joint Economic Committee, and co-chair of the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute.
Phil served as a lead committee staff member in the Pennsylvania Senate, including Executive Director of the Senate Transportation Committee, where he oversaw key legislation pertaining to highway funding, mass transit subsidies, state rail service, intermodal and port facilities funding, turnpike finance, and air service; as well as supported a sitting member of the State Transportation Commission.
While serving on the Trade Subcommittee, Phil was a co-chair of the Congressional Service Industries Caucus and a member of the President’s Export Council. He was a Congressional Representative to the World Trade Organization Ministerial Meetings and Advisor to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Congressional Leadership Group.
On the Health Subcommittee, Phil was a proponent of Medicare policy reform, reimbursement changes for hospitals, cancer screening, therapeutic procedures, and prescription drugs. His involvement with tax policy included cost recovery (bonus depreciation), international taxes (repatriation), repealing the alternative minimum tax, and expanding savings instruments (Auto-IRA). Phil was co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Real Estate Caucus.
Phil is an advocate of public diplomacy and America’s role in world affairs. He served as co-chair of the House European Union Caucus, the House Brazil Caucus, the House Morocco Caucus, the House Swiss Caucus, and the House World Bank Caucus.