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Rep. Philip “Phil” English

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 3rd District

English was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 3rd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2003 to 2008.

He was previously the representative for Pennsylvania’s 21st congressional district as a Republican from 1995 to 2002.

Photo of Rep. Philip “Phil” English [R-PA3, 2003-2008]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

English is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2008 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills English sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 7, 2003 to Dec 10, 2008. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

English was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

English sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (17%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (17%) Commerce (15%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Economics and Public Finance (11%) Finance and Financial Sector (9%) Health (9%) Social Welfare (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

English recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

English voted Aye

English voted Aye

Passed 247/178 on Jul 31, 2008.

English voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 1995 to Dec 2008, English missed 226 of 9,048 roll call votes, which is 2.5%. This is on par with the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2008. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: