Candidate Profile
Pat Phillips

Republican , Louisiana


Pat Phillips
State Rep., Dist 89

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Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

My self, never, I would like to see the baby adopted. I believe no circumstance exists in which an abortion should be allowed.


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

The best way to lower unemployment rates is by growing the economy, fixing the budget, and investing in our people. Legislation should lower and keep taxes as low as possible for both individuals and businesses. Lowering our taxes will allow our economy to grow. This will create a demand for more jobs. More jobs creates a larger tax base, generating more tax revenue without raising taxes. A growing economy will help fix our budget. By executing these steps I feel we will find revenue to spend and to invest on infrastructure, education, and healthcare. By maintaining, upgrading, and expanding our infrastructure, this will help attract business to grow our economy and again, create quality JOBS.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

I believe in limited government involvement. The government should never pick winners and losers by subsidizing one business and not another. However, it is common knowledge that our state tax system needs to be overhauled. Until this is done, we need to modify or possibly remove Governor Edward’s executive order that adds layers of red tape for new or expanding businesses. As his executive order currently stands, it creates economic uncertainty, which negatively influences any company looking to relocate or stay in Louisiana and St. Tammany Parish. Companies choosing to relocate to Louisiana are looking for less of a tax burden and a business friendly environment. If one of our neighboring states has less taxation, Louisiana and St. Tammany will not be selected. Less business means less jobs and a smaller tax base for tax revenue without raising taxes. Once the taxes start to rise, less business will come into Louisiana creating a downward economic spiral.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

See question 31. A growing economy will help fix our budget, generating additional revenue to spend and to invest on infrastructure, education, and healthcare. Maintaining, upgrading, and expanding our infrastructure, will help attract additional business, additional growth, continue growing our economy, creating additional quality JOBS. A person who is working will have a better opportunity to purchase health care provided by their employer.

National Security

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree


Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

The LGBTQ+ political agenda poses a threat to First Amendment freedoms of speech, expression and religious exercise.

Strongly Agree

I support expanding protections in employment and accommodations based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Strongly Disagree

If children are given instruction in sex education in public schools, it should not express a preference for abstinence but should be comprehensive, offering discussions on various types of sexual orientations and behaviors plus all types of contraceptives.

Strongly Disagree

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

The Founding Fathers wanted to form a government that did not allow one person or branch of government to have too much authority or control. For this reason they wrote the Constitution, which provides for a separation of powers, three separate branches of government, each with equal power.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

* I believe Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government and laws. * I believe in traditional family values. * I am pro-life. * I am pro first and second amendment, and believe they need to be protected. * I believe the Constitution of the United States in its entirety needs to be protected, that it is a fixed document, changeable only by the way designed in the Constitution itself. * I believe judges should not legislate from the bench.


I voted in these elections:

2012 Primary, 2012 General Election, 2014 Primary, 2014 General Election, 2016 Primary, 2016 General Election, 2018 Primary, 2018 General Election

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

It would be public record that I was an elected official to the LAGOP St. Tammany Parish Republican Executive Committee and the LAGOP Republican State Central Committee. I have filled out other publicly displayed questionnaires people can read. I have not been in an elected office where I had the opportunity to vote on legislation, and have it recorded or documented.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

As a U.S. Marine Corps Officer and Naval Aviator, I was tasked many times to perform new duties by on the job training. For example, I was the Air Working as Operations Officer for the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable (MEUSOC). It consists of a battalion of 2,000 marines, a squadron of helicopters, and approximately four jets, deployed aboard three or four navy ships. I was responsible for writing and managing the flight schedule for the squadron assigned to the MEUSOC. This squadron consisted of approximately 20 aircraft operating on land and sea. The cost of the flight hour of each aircraft varied depending on the type of aircraft flown. During the 18 months of training and sailing throughout the world, I planned the flight hour budget and managed expenditures of the allotted funds. Hundreds of hours were flown on each aircraft, costing several thousand dollars per flight hour. My diligence ensured that no extra money was spent and a surplus remained.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 985-705-2744

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am the candidate for State Representative who best represents the interests of maintaining and improving our incredible St. Tammany Parish and state. My grandfather fought in WWI and my father in WWII. I am a retired Marine Corps Officer, who fought in peace and wartime. My children attended local public and private schools and Louisiana universities. The TOPS program was a blessing. I have extensive community and public service experience. I graduated from Leadership St. Tammany. I was elected to the LAGOP RSCC, St. Tammany RPEC, Vice Chairman of the Meadowbrook Drainage Board, and Chairman of the St. Tammany Veterans & Military Affairs Advisory Council. I served as a member of the Meadowbrook HOA, American Legion, VFW, Northshore Rep Men’s Club, Kiwanis, and Knights of Columbus. As a military officer, I fought hard for our country. Now I am asking for your vote on October 12tth so I can fight for you as your full time State Representative.

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree

2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

Gambling should be limited to existing forms and should not be de-regulated or expanded.



  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa, BA, 1978
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa, BS, 1982
Work & Military
  • United States Marine Corps, Naval Aviator (Pilot), Major, 20
  • Corporate Pilot, Pilot/Captain, 3
  • Corporate Pilot, Chief Pilot
  • St. Tammany Military Affairs Advisory Council, Past Chariman, Current Member
  • Our lady of the Lake Knights of Columbus, Member 3rd degree
  • Our Lady of the Lake Mens Club, Member
  • Northshore Kiwanis, Member
  • Northshore Republican Mens Club, Member
  • LAGOP St. Tammany Republican Executive Committee, Elected Member District 5
  • LAGOP Republican State Central Committee, Elected Member
  • Republican State Central Committee, Held 7
  • St Tamman Republican Executive Committe, Held 4
  • Louisiana State Representative, House District 89, Sought 8

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