Pa. Rep. Phillips-Hill seeks 2nd term

Greg Gross

State Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill has announced she will seek a second term in the House of Representatives.

Since taking office in January 2015, the 50-year-old York Township Republican has seen progress made in the House on some issues — such as inching closer to pension reform — and setbacks on others.

"There are times that the job is very challenging and frustrating," she said Wednesday. "There are also times the job's very rewarding."

One of Phillips-Hill's measures, House Bill 1084, that gained momentum this session would prevent future employees of the nonprofit lobbying group the Pennsylvania School Board Association to receive a state pension.

Despite pension reform being a partisan issue, the bill received support from some Democrats when it was passed out of the House State Government Committee in October.

Plans: If re-elected, Phillips-Hill said she'd continue to work toward making state government fiscally responsible. She said she will advocate for the elimination of prevailing wages for school districts and continue to work to reform the pension system, state-owned liquor stores and property taxes.

Property tax reform is one topic she receives an earful from residents.

"It really is one of the greatest concerns in York County that people bring up. If it were easy, it would have been solved years ago," she said. "I think we are closer we're ever been."

Phillips-Hill sits on the House Children and Youth, Education, Health and State Government committees.

Background: Phillips-Hill succeeded Republican Ron Miller, who opted not to run, in representing the 93rd House District. She previously served on the Dallastown Area school board.

She lives in York Township with her husband, Richard. The couple has three children, Victoria, Gavin and Spencer.

Phillips-Hill holds a master’s degree in public policy, as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rutgers University

Rank-and-file members of the House are paid $85,339 yearly.

No one has publicly announced they will challenge Phillips-Hill for 93rd House District seat.

The 93rd District includes Fawn, East Hopewell, Hopewell, North Hopewell, Springfield, York townships and Crossroads, Dallastown, Fawn Grove, Jacobus, Loganville, Seven Valleys, Shrewsbury, Stewartstown, Winterstown and Yoe.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.