Tim Phillips (political strategist)

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Tim Phillips
Tim Phillips at the Americans for Prosperity Defending the American Dream Conference. (6360893597) (cropped).jpg
Phillips in 2011
Born (1964-07-13) July 13, 1964 (age 59)
Education Liberty University
Virginia Tech (BA)
Occupation(s)Former president, Americans for Prosperity

Tim Phillips (born July 13, 1964) was the president of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) from 2006 through November 2021. [1] He was an early Tea Party movement organizer. [2] [3] [4] [5] Prior to joining AFP, Phillips was a Republican campaign strategist. [6]


Personal life

Phillips grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. After briefly attending Liberty University in 1983, he went to Washington D.C. as part of a school sponsored internship with the United States Department of Education. There he met fellow intern Julia Reider Phillips, whom he later married. The couple have four children, including son Cabot Phillips. [7]

Phillips completed his education in 1985 as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Virginia Tech, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in political science. [8]


Phillips was chief of staff to United States House of Representatives member Bob Goodlatte of Virginia. Phillips co-founded political consulting firm Century Strategies with political strategist Ralph Reed. [9] [10]

In 2005, Phillips was hired to lead Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group active in building the Tea Party movement. [10]

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  6. "Michael Needham & Tim Phillips". The Politico 50. Politico Magazine. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  7. Tim Phillips. "Tweet: That time at CPAC national conference when I watched MY SON Cabot Phillips speak at a breakout. Proud Dad moment!". Twitter. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
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  9. Sonmez, Felicia (August 26, 2010). "Who is Americans for Prosperity?". Washington Post . Retrieved March 23, 2015.
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