Phil Montgomery

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Phil Montgomery
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Wisconsin Public Service Commission
In office
March 2011 - Present
Years in position 4
PredecessorMark Meyer
Base salary$131,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedMarch 2011
Appointed byGovernor of Wisconsin
Campaign $$361,972
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Assembly
1999 - 2010
Bachelor'sUniversity of Houston (1988)
Date of birthJuly 7, 1957
Place of birthHammond, Indiana
ProfessionSystems engineer
Office website
Phil Montgomery (b. July 7, 1957, in Hammond, Indiana) is the current chairman of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. He served previously as a Republican representative in the Wisconsin State Assembly, representing District 4 from 1999 to 2010. On May 7, 2010, Montgomery announced he would be retiring from the state assembly.[1] He was appointed to the commission by Governor Scott Walker in March 2011.


Montgomery was born in Hammond, Indiana, on July 7, 1957. After graduating from T.F. North High School, he went on to earn a B.S. in business and commerce from the University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas in 1988. He worked as a systems engineer.

Montgomery serves or has previously served as a member of the Leadership Green Bay Alumni, Ashwaubenon Optimist Club and the Waterfront Study Com., of which he was the chairperson. He was also a youth basketball coach.[2]

Political career

Wisconsin Public Service Commission (2011-present)

Montgomery has served as a member of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission since March 2011.

Wisconsin State Assembly (1999-2010)

When Montgomery was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly, he served on the following committees:


During the 2007-2008 legislative session, Representative Montgomery authored legislation to bring cable competition to Wisconsin consumers. Montgomery said it “is about consumers and choices. This is a simple issue. … Families all over the state of Wisconsin want options when it comes to their video service."[3]

The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute stated, “According to a 2004 study by the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), cable consumers in markets with wire-based competition saw an average cable bill rate drop of 23% when competition was introduced.”[4]

According to the Lacrosse Tribune, “At least 20 other states have approved similar statewide franchising laws. It passed the state Senate on a 23-9 vote and cleared the Assembly on a 66-28 vote.” This is a wide bipartisan vote of support.[5].

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection Secretary, Rod Nilsestuen said in a statement, “Under this new law, Wisconsin consumers will get expanded, competitive video service while still retaining important consumer protections.”[6]

In a Business Journal article, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle Stated, “By opening the door to cable competition in Wisconsin we should see expanded services to consumers and more investments in communications technologies and infrastructure in the state."[7]

Since the Video Competition Act was signed into law, many cable providers have applied for statewide franchise licenses in order to compete for service in Wisconsin.[8]

Not only does the Video Competition Act bring cable competition to Wisconsin which will give consumers choices and consequently hold down prices, this law has brought millions of investment to the state and hundreds of new jobs.[9][10]

Representative Montgomery also supported passage of the historic Great Lakes Compact in the 2007-08 Wisconsin legislative session.[11] This Compact would help preserve and protect the Great Lakes for future generations to enjoy and benefit from if approved by the U.S. Congress. It has been approved by all eight great lakes states and the two provinces of Canada that are in the great lakes basin thus far.[12]

As chair of the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Energy and Utilities, Representative Montgomery has expanded Wisconsin’s use of renewable energy while also protecting rate payers.[13][14]

Legislation sponsored in 2009 included:

  • AB-120 State agency expenditures, contracts, and grants: DOA required to make available on a Web site
  • AB-129 Witness to a crime: intentionally causing bodily harm or threats to cause bodily harm knowing the person may testify made a felony;
  • AB-233 Facsimile firearm: penalties for use in committing a crime or to alarm, intimidate, threaten, or terrify;
  • AB-326 Fraudulently obtaining service from a service provider: criminal penalties created, definition provisions;

For a full listing of sponsored legislation and details see the House site.



Montgomery was appointed as chairman of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission by Governor Scott Walker in March 2011. He replaced Mark Meyer, a former state senator.[15]


See also: Wisconsin State Assembly elections, 2010

Montgomery did not seek re-election to District 4 in 2010.


On November 4, 2008, Montgomery won re-election to Assembly District 4, receiving 52.73% of the vote.[16]

Wisconsin Assembly District 4
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Phil Montgomery (R) 15,106
Sam Dunlop (D) 13,520

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Montgomery is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Montgomery raised a total of $361,972 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 6, 2013.[17]

Phil Montgomery's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 Wisconsin State Assembly Won $88,784
2006 Wisconsin State Assembly Won $73,636
2004 Wisconsin State Assembly Won $54,055
2002 Wisconsin State Assembly Won $53,653
2000 Wisconsin State Assembly Won $60,486
1998 Wisconsin State Assembly Won $31,358
Grand Total Raised $361,972


The top five donors to Montgomery's 2008 campaign were mostly individuals:[18]

Donor Amount
Weyers, Colleen I $600
Ziegelbauer, Gary J $500
Tonelli, Christine $500
WI Electric Cooperative Assoc $500
Dykema, John $500

State profile

Wisconsin's population in 2013 was 5,742,713.

Wisconsin's population in 2013 was 5,742,713 according to the United States Census Bureau. This estimate represented a 1 percent change from the bureau's 2010 estimate. The state's population per square mile was 105 in 2010, exceeding the national average of 87.4. Wisconsin experienced a 1.5 percent increase in total employment from 2011 to 2012 based on census data, falling below a 2.2 percent increase at the national level during the same period.[19]


Wisconsin fell below the national average for residents who attained at least bachelor's degrees based on census data from 2009 to 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.8 percent of Wisconsin residents aged 25 years and older attained bachelor's degrees compared to 28.8 percent at the national level. The median household income in Wisconsin was $52,413 between 2009 and 2013 compared to a $53,046 national median income. Census information showed a 13.5 percent poverty rate in Wisconsin during the study period compared to a 14.5 percent national poverty rate.[19]

Racial Demographics, 2013[19]
Race Wisconsin (%) United States (%)
White 88.1 77.7
Black or African American 6.5 13.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.1 1.2
Asian 2.5 5.3
Two or More Races 1.7 2.4
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 17.1

Presidential Voting Pattern, 2000-2012[20][21]
Year Democratic vote in Wisconsin (%) Republican vote in Wisconsin (%) Democratic vote in U.S. (%) Republican vote in U.S. (%)
2012 52.8 45.9 51.1 47.2
2008 56.2 42.3 52.9 45.7
2004 49.7 49.3 48.3 50.7
2000 47.8 47.6 48.4 47.9

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[22][23]

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  1. Wis Politics, "Rep. Montgomery: Announces his retirement from the state Assembly," May 7, 2010
  2. Wisconsin State Legislature, "Phil Montgomery Biography," accessed December 15, 2014
  3. Badger Herald Cable bill garners support, March 28, 2007
  4. WPRI Report The Benefits of Cable Competition in Wisconsin
  5. Winona Daily News Doyle signs cable competition bill, makes changes with veto, December 22, 2007
  6. Winona Daily News Doyle signs cable competition bill, makes changes with veto, December 22, 2007
  7. The Business Journal Doyle signs cable competition bill, December 21, 2007]
  8. The Business Journal Number of video providers with statewide franchise to grow, April 28, 2008
  9. Forbes, June 26, 2008
  10. Reuters, "More Than 200,000 Southeastern Wisconsin Customers Gain Video Choice With AT&T U-verse...," April 23, 2008
  11. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  12. Counsel Great Lakes Governors
  13. Wisconsin Legislative Council, " 2005 Wisconsin Act 141," March 30, 2006
  14. Citizens Utility Board of Wisconsin
  15. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former state Rep. Phil Montgomery named PSC chairman," March 28, 2011
  16. Wisconsin State Elections Board Results of Fall General Election-11/04/2008
  17. Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Phil Montgomery," accessed May 6, 2013
  18. Follow the Money - 2008 Campaign Contributions
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 United States Census Bureau, "QuickFacts Beta," accessed March 24, 2015
  20. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Wisconsin Election Results," accessed March 24, 2015
  21. The American Presidency Project, "Presidential Elections Data," accessed March 24, 2015
  22. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  23. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Meyer
Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Assembly District 4
Succeeded by
Chad Weininger (R)