|Idaho House of Representatives District 3B|
|Per diem||$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Bachelor's||University of Utah, 1980|
|Master's||University of Pennsylvania, 1984|
|Profession||Owner/Operator, Alpine Engineering|
- 1 Committee assignments
- 2 Issues
- 3 District 3-B
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Recent news
- 7 Personal
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Hart earned his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah and his Master's degree in Business Administration at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Hart is the owner of an engineering company, and is a licensed civil and structural engineer in 11 states.
He is the author of Constitutional Income: Do You Have Any? (2001), and was a Delegate at the 2008 Republican National Convention, for Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hart served on these committees:
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hart served on these committees:
Idaho Speaker of the House Lawerence Denney (R-Midvale) removed Hart from the Revenue and Taxation Committee on November 9, 2010. Denney said Hart sent a letter requesting removal from the panel. Rep. John Rusche (D-Lewiston) urged an investigation into Hart for his dealings with the Idaho State Tax Commission and the IRS.
In December 2010, the Ethics panel decided to investigate Hart after a vote of 6-1. According to news accounts, Hart owes more than $53,000 in taxes to Idaho and $500,000 to the federal government. Hart has challenged the constitutionality of personal and business income taxes in court and has written a book on the subject.
Supreme Court rules on unpaid taxes
In April 2012, the Idaho Supreme Court upheld previous rulings on Representative Phil Hart and his failure to pay income taxes. The owed taxes stretch back to 1996, when Hart stopped filing federal and state income tax returns in protest over their perceived unconstitutionality. He resumed payments, but according to the IRS is hundreds of thousands of dollars behind schedule. In addition, the Idaho Tax Commission found that Hart owed them $53,523 in back taxes as of 2009, which continue to accrue interest.
The issue decided by the court was not the legality of collecting taxes in general, but whether Hart waited too long to file his initial appeal and if his most recent hearing should have been delayed, since he was participating in lawmaking in the Idaho House of Representatives. On the first point, two government bodies had already deemed that the six months Hart waited is much longer than the 91 day appeal period, and that his work as a legislator would not sway that point. As to the second point, an exception was provided by First Judicial District Judge John Mitchell. Mitchell found that since that hearing just relied on legal arguments of the attorneys, Hart was not required to be there. He was however, able to call in by phone, which he refused to do.
Hart represents House Seat B in Idaho House District 3. District 3 includes the northern half of Kootenai County.
|Idaho House of Representatives District 2B Republican Primary, 2012|
|Ronald Ross Vieselmeyer||19.9%||1,116|
Hart won re-election to District Seat 3B in 2010. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on May 25th. Hart defeated write-in candidate Howard L. Griffiths in the general election took place on November 2, 2010.
|Idaho House of Representatives, District 3B (2010)|
|Phil Hart (R)||9,170||80.1%|
|Howard L. Griffiths (Write-In)||2,285||19.9%|
|Idaho House of Representatives, District 3B (2008)|
|Phil Hart (R)||16,762|
In 2010, a year in which Hart was up for re-election, he collected $15,435 in donations.
His largest contributors in 2010 were:
|Idaho House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Phil Hart's campaign in 2010|
|Finman, Lorna C||$1,900|
|Finman, Paul F||$1,400|
|Winning For Idaho||$1,000|
|North Idahoans For Liberty||$999|
|Idaho Association For Good Government||$800|
|Total Raised in 2010||$15,435|
In 2008, Hart raised $23,545.
Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign.
|House Republican Victory Fund of Idaho||$1,000|
|Coeur D. Alene Tribe||$1,000|
|Idaho Trucking Association||$1,000|
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Phil is married to Sarah Hart. They have one child and reside in Athol, Idaho.
- Phil Hart's campaign website
- Idaho House of Representatives - Phil Hart
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Phil Hart on Facebook
- Phil Hart on Twitter
- CDA Press "Hart stumps for Ron Paul," October 28, 2011
- "Denney removes Hart from House taxation committee," Idaho Reporter, November 9th, 2010
- "Ethics panel votes 6-1 to continue investigation into Hart matter," Idaho Reporter, December 13th, 2010
- The Spokesman-Review, "Hart appeals to Supreme Court," June 8, 2011
- Idaho Statesman, "Idaho Supreme Court says Rep. Phil Hart must pay delinquent state income taxes," April 26, 2012
- "Idaho Legislature" 2009 Legislative Directory, July 22, 2009(See page 2)
- Office of the Idaho Secretary of State "List of All Candidate Declarations for 2012," Accessed March 26, 2012
- Idaho Secretary of State Election Division, "May 15, 2012 Primary Election Results," accessed 4 July 2012
- Idaho Secretary of State - 2010 General election results
- Idaho House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- 2010 campaign contributions
- 2008 contributors to Phil Hart
|Idaho House of Representatives District 3B
| Succeeded by|
Frank Henderson (R)