Currently serving as one of three Hamilton County Commissioners, Phil Heimlich has had a distinguished career serving the taxpayers of the Cincinnati region. In public office, Phil's three core political beliefs have been:
- The top priority of government is to protect its citizens
- The size of government and taxes should be limited
- Free-market solutions should be favored over government control
Phil graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1975 and earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1979.
From 1984 - 1993, Phil served as an Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor, specializing in the criminal prosecution of felony cases.
In November, 1993, Phil was elected to Cincinnati City Council and was re-elected three times, ending his term in 2001. As a councilmember, Phil was well known for supporting our police officers, even when it was not popular to do so. He also worked hard to protect taxpayers, and he stood for fiscal responsibility in a system that is overwhelmed with wasteful spending.
Phil's accomplishments on Cincinnati City Council include:
- Enacting the city's first property tax rollback in 50 years to prevent unvoted tax increases.
- Introducing managed competition, which can save taxpayers over $30 million per year, by allowing private companies to compete to operate city services.
- Adding 119 additional police officers to the streets of Cincinnati from 1994-1998.
- Implementing a teen curfew to protect our youth and community. Serious juvenile crime was reduced by 30 percent.
- Enacting a parental responsibility ordinance that holds parents of juvenile offenders accountable for their children's crimes.
- Enacting laws to regulate sexually oriented businesses, such as strip clubs and porn shops, to keep them away from schools, homes, and churches.
In 2002, Phil was overwhelmingly elected Hamilton County Commissioner with more than 60% of the votes. The theme of his campaign and of his work on the commission has been, "Doing more with what we have, not taking more of what you have."
As a county commissioner, Phil has continued his fight against the waste of public dollars, and he has earned praise for holding government accountable to the taxpayers. He also continues to look for innovative ways to run the county more efficiently and effectively for its residents.
Phil has spoken at Mayor's Prayer Breakfasts throughout the country on the role his faith has played in his life.
Phil is married to Rebecca, an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Clermont County Prosecutor's office. Their first child, Henry Simpson Heimlich, was born on May 26, 2003.