I know others will disagree with me, but saying you graduated Regent University’s law school – alma mater of Monica Goodling and 150 other Bush Administration hires – I would think, would be a real conversation starter.
That could be a very good thing for Paul Phillips, who has filed to run in the Ohio 18th Congressional District now occupied by Zach Space (D-Dover), because even Right Angle Blog wasn’t familiar with his name before now, even though RAB is most likely familiar with the name Monica Goodling and Regent University.
Phillips’ background is detailed in this Chillicothe Gazette article. He passed the Ohio bar exam in May 2006 (taking the exam in Feb. of the same year) and then started a law firm in January 2007 in Chillicothe. Phillips, who was born in 1963, is quoted in the Gazette as saying, “I’m a fourth generation attorney in Chillicothe…My roots run deep here.”
Here’s a little more on that from the November 2006 edition of the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce Weekly Update:
LAW FIRM GOING INTO FOURTH GENERATION: Starting next month, Paul Phillips, the son of David and Helen Phillips, will follow in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather when he begins his law practice in his father’s former practice, Phillips and Street, on North Paint Street. He will join Clifford Bugg who has been in the practice for several years to form Phillips & Bugg law firm. Paul is a retired officer with the Air Force where he served as a B-1 bomber instructor pilot. In 2004, he was in the Middle East as an air strategist for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a 1981 graduate of CHS and he and his wife, Jeannique, are expecting their first child in January.
Congrats on fatherhood.
Still, it’s unclear just how long Phillips has lived in Ohio over the last 20 years. (He’s listed as living in Virginia when he registered to take the 2/06 Ohio bar exam.) The Supreme Court of Ohio records indicate that he was with Booz Allen & Hamilton in Dayton as a Defense Consultant, circa 5/06 when he was sworn in. This article from the Coschocton Tribune has a nice picture of the candidate.
It should be an interesting match-up with Space, should Phillips emerge as the contender, since Space’s emphasis on hometowns and hometown values were a big part of his race last year.