Phyllis was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. She serves on the House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee and chairs the Healthcare and Regulatory Subcommittee of the Legislative Oversight Committee. She is also Co-Chairman of the House Opioid Abuse Prevention Study Committee.
She has served on the Board of Women in Government, a national organization for women serving in state legislatures, since 2012 and also on the Executive Committee of the Republican Leadership Campaign Committee (RLCC) since January, 2017. In 2014, Phyllis was selected as an Emerging Leader by GOPAC, a Republican state and local political training organization. In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious Terry Haskins Award by the South Carolina Republican Party for her work in support of the Republican Party.
She also serves on the Boards of Ten at the Top, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, and Artisphere. In 2011, Phyllis founded the Greenville Polo Classic charity event to benefit the Neuroscience Institute of the Greenville Hospital System. The charity has raised over $500,000 for the institute since its inception.
Phyllis got her start in politics as Campaign Manager for Jim DeMint’s first successful campaign for U.S. House in 1998. She was elected to County Council in 2000, and served as Chairman from 2003-2004, one of only two females ever elected to serve as Chairman.
During the 2016 Republican Presidential primary, Phyllis served as State Director for Carly Fiorina for President campaign.
Phyllis has served on the boards of Greenville Area Development Corporation and the Upstate Alliance. She has also served on the Greenville County Planning Commission and the South Carolina Jobs Economic Development Authority.
Phyllis holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Indiana University. She has three children, Matt, Katie and Stephen.