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$124,000
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 1999-2010. 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.


His biography states "Born Hammond, Indiana, July 7, 1957; married; 2 children. Graduate T.F. North H.S.; B.S. in Business and Commerce, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas 1988. Former systems engineer. Member: Leadership Green Bay Alumni; Ashwaubenon Optimist Club; Waterfront Study Com. (past chp.); Junior Achievement; 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 5 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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Meyer
Wisconsin Public Service Commission
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Wisconsin State Assembly District 4
Succeeded by
Chad Weininger (R)