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}}{{tnr}}'''Phil Nicholas''' (b. March 16, 1955) is a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Wyoming State Senate]], representing District 10 since 2005. In the 2013-2014 session, Nicholas serves as [[State Senate Majority Leader|Majority Floor Leader]]. Nicholas served as the [[State Senate Vice President Pro Tempore|Vice President]] of the Senate in the 2011-2012 session.<ref>[http://thewyonews.net/2010/11/15/legislative-leadership-and-committee-assignments-set/ "Legislative leadership and committee assignments set," ''Cowboy State Free Press'', November 15, 2010]</ref>
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}}{{tnr}}'''Phil Nicholas''' (b. March 16, 1955) is a [[Republican Party|Republican]] member of the [[Wyoming State Senate]], representing [[Wyoming State Senate District 10|District 10]] since 2005. In the 2013-2014 session, Nicholas serves as [[State Senate Majority Leader|Majority Floor Leader]]. Nicholas served as the [[State Senate Vice President Pro Tempore|Vice President]] of the Senate in the 2011-2012 session.<ref>[http://thewyonews.net/2010/11/15/legislative-leadership-and-committee-assignments-set/ ''Cowboy State Free Press'', "Legislative leadership and committee assignments set," November 15, 2010]</ref>
  
Nicholas began his political career by working as Wyoming Assistant Attorney General from 1980 to 1982.  He served on the [[Wyoming House of Representatives]] from 1997 to 2004.
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Nicholas served in the [[Wyoming House of Representatives]], representing District 14 from 1997 to 2004.
  
Nicholas earned his BS in Microbiology from Oregon State University in 1976.  He went on to receive his JD from the University of Wyoming in 1979.
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==Biography==
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Nicholas earned his B.S. in Microbiology from Oregon State University in 1976.  He went on to receive his J.D. from the University of Wyoming in 1979.
  
Nicholas worked for Corthell and King from 1982 to 1992. He has worked as an attorney for Anthony, Nicholas, Goodreich and Tankerman Law Offices since 1992.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=12144 Project Vote Smart - Senator Nicholas]</ref>   
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Nicholas worked as the Wyoming Assistant Attorney General from 1980 to 1982. Nicholas worked for Corthell and King from 1982 to 1992. He has worked as an attorney for Anthony, Nicholas, Goodreich and Tankerman Law Offices since 1992.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=12144 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Biography," accessed June 10, 2014]</ref>   
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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:: ''See also: [[Wyoming State Senate elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Wyoming State Senate elections, 2012]]''
  
Nicholas won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Wyoming State Senate elections, 2012|Wyoming State Senate]], District 10.<ref>[http://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/Docs/2012/2012PrimaryRoster.pdf Wyoming Secretary of State "2012 Candidate List'']</ref> Nicholas defeated [[Anne Alexander]] in the August 21st primary election and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/Docs/2012/2012PrimaryRoster.pdf Wyoming Secretary of State "2012 Candidate List'']</ref>
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Nicholas won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Wyoming State Senate elections, 2012|Wyoming State Senate]], District 10.  Nicholas defeated [[Anne Alexander]] in the August 21st primary election and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/Docs/2012/2012PrimaryRoster.pdf ''Wyoming Secretary of State'', "2012 Candidate List," accessed June 10, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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===2008===
 
===2008===
On November 4, 2008, Phil Nicholas won re-election to the [[Wyoming State Senate]], District 10. <ref>[http://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/Docs/2008/08Results/General/SW-LegislatureSenate.pdf  Wyoming State Election Results, 2008]</ref>
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On November 4, 2008, Phil Nicholas won re-election to the [[Wyoming State Senate]], District 10.<ref>[http://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/Docs/2008/08Results/General/SW-LegislatureSenate.pdf  ''Wyoming Secretary of State'', "2008 Official State Senate Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014]</ref>
  
Phil Nicholas raised $8,450 for his campaign, while Neil Harrison raised $.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=105524 Follow the Money 2008]</ref>
 
 
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   office = Wyoming State Senate, District 10 (2008)
 
   office = Wyoming State Senate, District 10 (2008)
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|Name = Nicholas
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|Full name = Phil Nicholas
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|year = 1996
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|Editdate = June 7, 2013
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|link =<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=17596 ''followthemoney.org,'' "Nicholas, Phil" accessed June 7, 2013]</ref>
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|party = Republican
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|totalraised2012 = 16102
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|result2012 = Won
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|office2012 = [[Wyoming State Senate elections, 2012|Wyoming State Senate, District 10]]
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|totalraised2010 = 0
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|result2010 = N/A
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|office2010 = [[Wyoming State Senate elections, 2010|Wyoming State Senate, District 10]]
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|totalraised2008 = 8450
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|result2008 = Won
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|office2008 = [[Wyoming State Senate elections, 2008|Wyoming State Senate, District 10]]
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|totalraised2006 = 0
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|result2006 = N/A
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|office2006 = [[Wyoming State Senate elections, 2006|Wyoming State Senate, District 10]]
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|totalraised2004 = 12801
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|result2004 = Won
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|office2004 = [[Wyoming State Senate elections, 2004|Wyoming State Senate, District 10]]
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|totalraised2002 = 5981
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|result2002 = Won
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|office2002 = [[Wyoming House of Representatives elections, 2002|Wyoming State House, District 14]]
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|totalraised2000 = 5511
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|result2000 = Won
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|office2000 = [[Wyoming House of Representatives elections, 2000|Wyoming State House, District 14]]
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|totalraised1998 = 4551
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|result1998 = Won
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|office1998 = [[Wyoming House of Representatives|Wyoming State House, District 14]]
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|totalraised1996 = 11514
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|result1996 = Won
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|office1996 = [[Wyoming House of Representatives|Wyoming State House, District 14]]
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}}
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
{{State leg donor}}
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{{SLP donor box 2012
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|name = Nicholas
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|full name = Phil Nicholas
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=141163
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|office= Wyoming State Senate
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 16102
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|org1 = Nicholas for Senate
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|org2 = Nicholas, Tracy
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|org3 = Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association
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|org4 = Murphy, John Patrick Michael
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|org5 = Folks for Freudenthal
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|orgamount1 = 1,207
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|orgamount2 = 1,000
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|orgamount3 = 1,000
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|orgamount4 = 1,000
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|orgamount5 = 1,000
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|}}
  
 
===2008===
 
===2008===
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{{SLP donor box 2008
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|name = Nicholas
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|full name = Phil Nicholas
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=105524
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|office= Wyoming State Senate
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|new = no
  
In the year 2008, Phil Nicholas raised $8,450 for his campaign. <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=105524 Follow the Money 2008]</ref>
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 8450
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|org1 = Wyoming Realtors Association
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|org2 = Albany County Republican Party
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|org3 = Anadarko Petroleum Corp.  
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|org4 = Wyoming Republican Party
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|org5 = Wyoming Education Association
  
His  top four contributors were:
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|orgamount1 = 1,500
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|orgamount2 = 1,200
|-
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|orgamount3 = 600
| Wyoming Realtors Association
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|orgamount4 = 500
| align="right" | $1,500
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|orgamount5 = 500
|-
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|}}
| Albany County Republican Party
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| align="right" | $1,200
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|-
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| Anadarko Petroleum
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| align="right" | $600
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|-
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| Wyoming Republican Party
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| align="right" | $500
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|}
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===2004===
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{{SLP donor box 2004
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|name = Nicholas
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|full name = Phil Nicholas
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=67711
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|office= Wyoming State Senate
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|new = yes
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 12801
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|org1 = Albany County Republican Party
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|org2 = Nicholas, Tracy
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|org3 = Nicholas, John
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|org4 = Wyoming Association of Realtors
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|org5 = Wyoming Public Employees Association
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|orgamount1 = 1,434
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|orgamount2 = 1,000
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|orgamount3 = 1,000
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|orgamount4 = 1,000
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|orgamount5 = 750
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|}}
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===2002===
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{{SLP donor box 2002
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|name = Nicholas
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|full name = Phil Nicholas
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=19291
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|office= Wyoming State House
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 5981
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|org1 = Wyoming Education Association
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|org2 = Nicholas, John
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|org3 = Wyoming Association of Contractors ConPAC
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|org4 = Albany County Republican Party
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|org5 = BP North America
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|orgamount1 = 600
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|orgamount2 = 600
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|orgamount3 = 500
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 300
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|}}
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===2000===
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{{SLP donor box 2000
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|name = Nicholas
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|full name = Phil Nicholas
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=58474
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|office= Wyoming State House
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 5511
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|org1 = Albany County Republican Party
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|org2 = Wyoming Education Association
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|org3 = Wyoming Republican Party
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|org4 = Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association
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|org5 = Phillips Petroleum
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|orgamount1 = 1,000
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|orgamount2 = 1,000
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|orgamount3 = 450
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|orgamount4 = 400
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|orgamount5 = 251
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|}}
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===1998===
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{{SLP donor box 1998
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|name = Nicholas
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|full name = Phil Nicholas
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=58337
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|office= Wyoming State House
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|new = no
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 4551
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|org1 = Albany County Republican Party
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|org2 = Associated General Contractors of Wyoming
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|org3 = Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association
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|org4 = Wyoming Education Association
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|org5 = Campbell, Donald W.
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|orgamount1 = 750
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|orgamount2 = 500
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|orgamount3 = 500
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|orgamount4 = 400
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|orgamount5 = 300
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|}}
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===1996===
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{{SLP donor box 1996
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|name = Nicholas
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|full name = Phil Nicholas
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|reference = http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=58208
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|office= Wyoming State House
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|new = yes
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = 11514
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|org1 = Nicholas, Philip & Karen
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|org2 = Albany County Republican Party
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|org3 = Nicholas, John & Tracy
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|org4 = Holland, Elizabeth
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|org5 = Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association
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|orgamount1 = 2,025
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|orgamount2 = 1,500
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|orgamount3 = 1,000
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|orgamount4 = 500
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|orgamount5 = 450
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|}}
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==Scorecards==
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{{Wyoming legislature scorecards|Begin=2005|End=2020}}
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===Wyoming Liberty Index===
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{{Wyoming Liberty Index Writeup}}
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{{Wyoming Liberty Index Senate scorecard 2012|name=Nicholas|score=45|rank=11th}}
  
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==
  
Phil and his wife Karen have four children: Joe, Nate, Lella, and John.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=12144 Project Vote Smart - Senator Nicholas]</ref>
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Phil and his wife, Karen, have four children: Joe, Nate, Lella, and John.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=12144 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Biography," accessed June 10, 2014]</ref> 
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==Controversies==
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===Budget allocation to law client===
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[[Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction]] [[Cindy Hill]], who is being investigated for misuse of federal dollars, accused Nicholas of earmarking funds for a client from his law firm. The charter school Snow Range Academy, which is a client of Nicholas's law firm, secured a $4 million appropriation in the state budget after Nicholas pushed for it while he was the co-chairman of the [[Appropriations Committee, Wyoming State Senate|Joint Appropriations Committee]], according to [[Cindy Hill|Hill]]. Nicholas said that no conflict of interest existed, and that Hill, with whom he has clashed in the past, was simply trying to "rally her base" ahead of more scrutiny of her own record.<ref>[http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/hill-accuses-wyo-state-senator-of-million-conflict-of-interest/article_015fe6e1-7588-5ad3-b1b1-7d822d20df42.html ''Casper Star Tribune'', "Hill accuses Wyo state senator of $4 million conflict of interest," July 22, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming-schools-chief-cindy-hill-gets-a-court-date-investigations/article_a3bb12ff-4c81-5750-854a-0cdced632038.html ''Casper Star Tribune'', "Wyoming schools chief Cindy Hill gets a court date, investigations panel," July 19, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
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==See also==
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*[[Wyoming State Legislature]]
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*[[Wyoming State Senate]]
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*[[Wyoming State Senate#Standing Committees|Wyoming State Senate Committees]]
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*[[Wyoming state legislative districts]]
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{submit a leg link}}
 
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* [http://legisweb.state.wy.us/LegislatorSummary/LegDetail.aspx?LegID=594 Biography from the Wyoming Legislature]
 
* [http://legisweb.state.wy.us/LegislatorSummary/LegDetail.aspx?LegID=594 Biography from the Wyoming Legislature]
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* [http://openstates.org/wy/legislators/WYL000022/phil-nicholas/ Profile from Open States]
 
* [http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=12144 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
* [http://www.votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=12144 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
* [http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=12144 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
* [http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=12144 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
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* [http://wyofile.com/2012/08/incumbents-face-tough-challengers-in-eastern-wyoming/ 2012 Race Profile from WyoFile]
 
* [http://wyofile.com/2012/08/incumbents-face-tough-challengers-in-eastern-wyoming/ 2012 Race Profile from WyoFile]
 
* [http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/longtime-wyoming-senate-district-incumbent-faces-challenge/article_afe21c6d-2c5d-59f0-84a9-a9c38e069160.html?comment_form=true Candidate and 2012 Race Profile from ''Casper Star-Tribune'']  
 
* [http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/longtime-wyoming-senate-district-incumbent-faces-challenge/article_afe21c6d-2c5d-59f0-84a9-a9c38e069160.html?comment_form=true Candidate and 2012 Race Profile from ''Casper Star-Tribune'']  
* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=105524 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=88836 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=67711 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=19291 2002], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=58474 2000], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=58337 1998], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=58208 1996]
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* Campaign Contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=141163 2012], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=115227 2010], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=105524 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=88836 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=67711 2004], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=19291 2002], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=58474 2000], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=58337 1998], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=58208 1996]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Latest revision as of 16:41, 13 August 2014

Phil Nicholas
NicholasPS10.jpg
Wyoming State Senate District 10
Incumbent
In office
2005-Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Majority Floor Leader, Wyoming State Senate
2013-present
Compensation
Base salary$150/day
Per diem$109/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wyoming State House of Representatives
1997-2005
Education
Bachelor'sOregon State University, 1976
J.D.University of Wyoming, 1979
Personal
BirthdayMarch 16, 1955
Place of birthLander, WY
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Phil Nicholas (b. March 16, 1955) is a Republican member of the Wyoming State Senate, representing District 10 since 2005. In the 2013-2014 session, Nicholas serves as Majority Floor Leader. Nicholas served as the Vice President of the Senate in the 2011-2012 session.[1]

Nicholas served in the Wyoming House of Representatives, representing District 14 from 1997 to 2004.

Biography

Nicholas earned his B.S. in Microbiology from Oregon State University in 1976. He went on to receive his J.D. from the University of Wyoming in 1979.

Nicholas worked as the Wyoming Assistant Attorney General from 1980 to 1982. Nicholas worked for Corthell and King from 1982 to 1992. He has worked as an attorney for Anthony, Nicholas, Goodreich and Tankerman Law Offices since 1992.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Nicholas served on the following committees:

Wyoming Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules and Procedure
Joint Rules and Procedure

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Wyoming State Senate elections, 2012

Nicholas won re-election in the 2012 election for Wyoming State Senate, District 10. Nicholas defeated Anne Alexander in the August 21st primary election and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3]

Wyoming State Senate, District , General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Nicholas Incumbent 90.7% 6,058
     Write-Ins Various 9.3% 618
Total Votes 6,676
Wyoming State Senate, District 10 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Nicholas Incumbent 57% 1,027
Anne Alexander 43% 774
Total Votes 1,801

2008

On November 4, 2008, Phil Nicholas won re-election to the Wyoming State Senate, District 10.[4]

Wyoming State Senate, District 10 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Phil Nicholas (R) 5,024
Neil Harrison (D) 5,633

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nicholas is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Nicholas raised a total of $64,910 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 7, 2013.[5]

Phil Nicholas's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Wyoming State Senate, District 10 Won $16,102
2010 Wyoming State Senate, District 10 Not up for election $0
2008 Wyoming State Senate, District 10 Won $8,450
2006 Wyoming State Senate, District 10 Not up for election $0
2004 Wyoming State Senate, District 10 Won $12,801
2002 Wyoming State House, District 14 Won $5,981
2000 Wyoming State House, District 14 Won $5,511
1998 Wyoming State House, District 14 Won $4,551
1996 Wyoming State House, District 14 Won $11,514
Grand Total Raised $64,910

2012

Nicholas won re-election to the Wyoming State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Nicholas raised a total of $16,102.
Wyoming State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Phil Nicholas's campaign in 2012
Nicholas for Senate$1,207
Nicholas, Tracy$1,000
Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association$1,000
Murphy, John Patrick Michael$1,000
Folks for Freudenthal$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$16,102
Source:Follow the Money

2008

Nicholas won re-election to the Wyoming State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Nicholas raised a total of $8,450.

2004

Nicholas won election to the Wyoming State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Nicholas raised a total of $12,801.

2002

Nicholas won re-election to the Wyoming State House in 2002. During that election cycle, Nicholas raised a total of $5,981.

2000

Nicholas won re-election to the Wyoming State House in 2000. During that election cycle, Nicholas raised a total of $5,511.

1998

Nicholas won re-election to the Wyoming State House in 1998. During that election cycle, Nicholas raised a total of $4,551.

1996

Nicholas won election to the Wyoming State House in 1996. During that election cycle, Nicholas raised a total of $11,514.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Wyoming

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Wyoming scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

2012

In 2012, the Wyoming State Legislature was in session from January 11 through February 13 through March 9.[6]

Legislators are scored on "whether they support or inhibit liberty."

2011

In 2011, the Wyoming State Legislature was in session from January 11 through March 3.[7]

Legislators are scored on their votes on "key environmental bills."

Wyoming Liberty Index

The Wyoming Liberty Index, a study created in 2003, issues a Scorecard that rates all final bills in the Wyoming State Legislature on whether the bills supported or hindered liberty. Legislators are also given a "liberty score" based on their voting patterns. The Wyoming Liberty Index 2012 report was issued on the 61st Legislature during the 2012 budget session. Scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates a higher level of "aye" votes on bills considered pro-liberty and "nay" votes on what the organization considers anti-liberty bills.[8] Nicholas received a score of 45% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 11th out of 31 members of the Wyoming State Senate. Although there are 30 members of the Senate, a 31st "hypothetical legislator" voting nay on every bill was also included.

Personal

Phil and his wife, Karen, have four children: Joe, Nate, Lella, and John.[9]

Controversies

Budget allocation to law client

Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill, who is being investigated for misuse of federal dollars, accused Nicholas of earmarking funds for a client from his law firm. The charter school Snow Range Academy, which is a client of Nicholas's law firm, secured a $4 million appropriation in the state budget after Nicholas pushed for it while he was the co-chairman of the Joint Appropriations Committee, according to Hill. Nicholas said that no conflict of interest existed, and that Hill, with whom he has clashed in the past, was simply trying to "rally her base" ahead of more scrutiny of her own record.[10][11]

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Wyoming Senate District 10
2005–present
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