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Faculty Bio: Philip S. English

Mr. English is the Penn in Washington Visiting Fellow on Conservative Thought for the current academic year. Philip is a former US Congressman, and a senior government relations advisor and co-chair of the government relations practice at Arent Fox.  While in Congress, Phil developed an interest and rich experience in trade, health care, and tax and energy policy. He currently assists clients in these areas, plus state and municipal government operations.  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. . 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.After leaving office, Phil was appointed to the United States National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, which advises the State Department on educational, scientific, cultural, and communications issues.Phil also serves on the board of several leading policy organizations, including: the Tax Foundation, a nonpartisan tax research group; and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a leader in technology policy.