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Philip English is a senior government relations advisor with Arent Fox LLP in Washington, D.C. While in Congress, he developed an interest and expertise in trade, tax and energy policy and currently assists clients in these areas.

Previous Work

Phil served seven distinguished terms in the United States House of Representatives, representing Western Pennsylvania's 3rd District from 1995 to 2009. A strong advocate of fundamental tax reform, Phil served on the Ways and Means Committee and was the first Republican freshman appointed to the powerful tax-writing 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 developed a reputation as an advocate in the areas of health care, energy, tax, and trade policy. He served as a long-time member of the Joint Economic Committee, and as Co-Chair of the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute.

While serving on the Trade Subcommittee, Phil acted as Co-Chair of the Congressional Service Industries Caucus and a member of the President's Export Council. He was appointed official Congressional Representative to the World Trade Organization Ministerial Meetings at Seattle and Cancun, and Advisor to the OECD Congressional Leadership Group.

An active member of the Health Subcommittee for ten years, Phil was a visible exponent of Medicare policy reform, including reimbursement changes for hospitals, cancer screening, therapeutic procedures, and prescription drugs. His involvement with tax policy encompassed initiatives to improve cost recovery (bonus depreciation), reform international taxes (repatriation), repeal the alternative minimum tax (AMT), and expand savings instruments (Auto-IRA). Phil was Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Congressional Real Estate Caucus.

Throughout his tenure in Congress, Phil was a strong 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.

Professional Activities

After leaving office in January 2009, Phil was appointed to the United States National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which advises the State Department on educational, scientific, cultural and communications issues pending before the international organization.

Publications, Presentations and Recognitions

In 2006, Phil received the Award for Advocacy for Independence Higher Education from the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He is also a past recipient of the Gannon University Distinguished Pennsylvanian Award and Rotary International's Paul Harris Award.


University of Pennsylvania, BA, political science, 1979