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officer , politician , member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Merle H. Phillips, American State legislator. Recipient Distinguished Svc. award Young Men’s Christian Association, Sunbury, Outstanding Svc. award Veterans of Foreign Wars Cmty./State of Pennsylvania, Synder County, Elected Officer award Pennsylvania Library.Assn., Public Svc. award, Pamona Grange, Officer of Year,; named Citizen of Year, Susquehanna Valley College of C., Guardian of Year, National Federation Indiana Businesses.


Phillips, Merle H. was born on September 21, 1928 in Dalmatia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Fred Phillips and Maude P. Witmer.


Attended, Susquehanna University.


He also was appointed as Northumberland County Commissioner in 2010 to finish Kurt Masser's term after the position was vacated when Masser was elected to the 107th DistrictPrior to his election to the State House, Phillips was the president of Irish Valley Food Processing. He served in the United States Marine Corps for four and a half years active duty and two years in the Reserves. Phillips ended his term serving in House Leadership as Republican Caucus Administrator.

On January 15, 2010, Phillips announced he would not be seeking reelection. Since retiring from the state House of Representatives he has been appointed to fill a vacancy as a commissioner of Northumberland County in November 2010. On November 8, 2011, Phillips only captured 17% of the vote for Northumberland County Commissioner.

He was succeeded by Republican Rick Shoch. Representative Phillips resides in Upper Augusta Township. Merle Phillips died on December 30, 2013.


Member of National Rifle Association, Sons of the American Revolution, Young Men’s Christian Association (board director), Chamber of Commerce, Gideon Institute, Kiwanis, Marine Corps League (life), Northumberland County History Society (life), Lower Northumberland Fish & Game, Kramer Sportsmens Association, Rotary Club.


  • Other Interests

    Fishing, hunting.


Married Helen L. Heckert. Children: Sandra Swineford, Jane Bysko, Michael, Christine Reily, Lorrie Strong.

Fred Phillips

Maude (Witmer) Phillips

Helen Phillips

Sandra Swineford Phillips

Jane Bysko Phillips

Michael Phillips

Christine Reily Phillips

Lorrie Strong Phillips