Phillip arrived in Houston a few years after WWII when his father was transferred to Houston. He is a product of the Houston Public schools, graduating from Bellaire HS in 1963. He graduated from University of Houston in 1967 with a business degree majoring in international business.
After active duty in the Texas Air National Guard he joined his father in their new family business, processing and exporting scrap steel to Mexico. The business was located inside the Port of Houston on Clinton Drive, within the 29th Congressional district.
Phillip has been married to his wife Lynne for 50 years and they have 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
He also served Texas in the capacity of Chairman of the State Purchasing and General Services Commission, appointed by Governor Clements. He has been very active in the Houston community serving on the Harris County Housing Authority, Harris County Housing Finance Authority. He also served as president of the City of Houston public access television station, as chairman of the Anti-Defamation League's Houston office and for the past thirteen years the Honorary Consul General for the country of Hungary.
Phillip has participated in many campaigns in Houston with the highlight being the cochairman of the George W. Bush for Governor in 1994.
After 50 years in business Phillip has recently “semi-retired”. He does consulting work for international companies and helps in his son’s granite business.
He won the Republican nomination for the 29th Congressional district, seeking another opportunity to be of service to his fellow citizens of Houston and Texas.