Phil Hart

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Phil Hart
Idaho House of Representatives District 3B
Former Member
In office
Base salary$16,438/year
Per diem$122/day outside Boise, $49/day otherwise
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Utah, 1980
Master'sUniversity of Pennsylvania, 1984
ProfessionOwner/Operator, Alpine Engineering
Office website
(dead link) Campaign website
Phil Hart is a former Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 3B from 2004 to 2012.

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.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Hart served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Hart served on these committees:


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Phil Hart endorsed Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential election. [1]



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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[4]

On November 5, Hart appeared before U.S. District of Idaho Judge Edward Lodge for a federal tax trial. The IRS claims that Representative Hart owes the United States $550,000 in back taxes.[5]

District 3-B

Hart represents House Seat B in Idaho House District 3. District 3 includes the northern half of Kootenai County[6].



See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Hart ran for re-election in District 2B. He was defeated by Ed Morse in the May 15 Republican primary.[7][8]

Idaho House of Representatives District 2B Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngEd Morse 35.4% 1,984
Phil Hart 31.2% 1,746
Ronald Ross Vieselmeyer 19.9% 1,116
Fritz Wiedenhoff 13.4% 751
Total Votes 5,597


See also: Idaho House of Representatives elections, 2010

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.[9]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 3B (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Phil Hart (R) 9,170 80.1%
Howard L. Griffiths (Write-In) 2,285 19.9%


On November 4, 2008, Republican Phil Hart won re-election to the Idaho House of Representatives District 3B receiving 16,762 votes. He ran unopposed.[10]

Idaho House of Representatives, District 3B (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Phil Hart (R) 16,762

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Hart was up for re-election, he collected $15,435 in donations.[11]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2008, Hart raised $23,545.

Listed below are those who contributed the most to his campaign.[12]

Donor Amount
Phil Hart $4,161
House Republican Victory Fund of Idaho $1,000
Coeur D. Alene Tribe $1,000
Idaho Trucking Association $1,000
Donald Ekhoff $1,000
Ralph Cowden $1,000

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Phil is married to Sarah Hart. They have one child and reside in Athol, Idaho.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Idaho House of Representatives District 3B
Succeeded by
Frank Henderson (R)