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Commissioner Terry Phillips

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Terry Phillips took office in January 2009 as Commissioner for Precinct 3.  He is responsible for the largest of the four Commissioner precincts.  Precinct Three extends across the entire Northern half of Smith County and takes in several small communities.  Incorporated cities include Lindale, Winona, a portion of Overton and, of course, Tyler and Hide-away-Lake.
The Camp Ford Confederate prisoner of war camp is also located in Precinct Three. 

Terry was born in Gregg County and remained there just one year before his parents moved to New Mexico.   Terry’s dad retired in November of 1974 and moved his family to Tyler.  In January of 1975 he enrolled as a senior in John Tyler High School, where he met his future wife, and where he graduated that same year.

He continued his education at Tyler Junior College earning his Associates Degree in Petroleum Technology.  Followed by schooling at the University of Texas at Tyler where he studied Supervision and Government.


After dating for three years, he married Karen Bryant of Tyler in January 1978 and they began their life together in Lewisville Texas where Terry worked at Otis Engineering as a Well Test Analyst.  In 1980 the two moved back to Tyler where Terry worked for Getty Oil Company.  Soon after this move, Texaco bought out Getty Oil and Terry remained with Texaco USA though the mid 80’s when he began acquiring real estate.  He continues today managing properties.


Terry has lived in Smith County for 30 years, where he and his wife, Karen, have raised their two sons, Lance 25 and Derek 22. 


Terry and his family have attended Rose Heights Church of God for 25 years and during that time Terry worked several years in the Children’s Department, served on the Pastor’s Council and currently serves as Head Usher.

Terry is a member of the Smith County Peace Officers Association, National Rifle Association and an associate member of the Smith County Republican Women.

Terry likes to think of himself as a straight forward, down to earth, plain spoken, conservative.   



Contact Information:  The downtown office (903) 590-4603

Smith County Annex Building
200 E. Ferguson, Suite 100
Tyler, Texas 75702

(903) 590-4603

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