Howard Phillips (born February 6, 1941) is an American right-wing political figure who was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also a founding member of the Council for National Policy a behind-the-scenes powerful conservative forum.
He was the presidential candidate of the US Taxpayers/Constitution Party in the 1992, 1996, and 2000 elections for President of the United States. He is a published author and is one of the founders of the Constitution Party, a third party movement associated with "conservative", anti-abortion and constitutional government ideas on both social and fiscal issues.
A 1962 graduate of Harvard College (where he was twice elected president of the Student Council), Phillips is president of Policy Analysis, Inc., a public policy research organization which publishes the bimonthly Issues and Strategy Bulletin.
Phillips left the Republican Party in 1974 after some two decades of service to the GOP as precinct worker, election warden, campaign manager, Congressional aide, Boston Republican Chairman, and assistant to the Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
During the Nixon Administration, Phillips headed two Federal agencies, ending his Executive Branch career as Director of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity in the Executive Office of the President, a position from which he resigned when President Nixon reneged on his commitment to veto further funding for "Great Society" programs.
Since 1974, Phillips has been Chairman of The Conservative Caucus, a nonpartisan, nationwide grass-roots public policy advocacy group which has been in the thick of battles, in opposition to the Panama Canal and the Jimmy Carter-Leonid Brezhnev SALT II treaties in the 1970s, in support of SDI and major tax cuts during the 1980s, and in the vanguard of efforts to terminate Federal subsidies to ideological activist groups under the banner of "defunding the Left".
During the 1970s and 1980s, Phillips coordinated efforts to build private sector support for anti-Communist "freedom fighters" in Central America and Southern Africa. He played an instrumental role in the leadership of the New Right, as well as in the founding of the religious right in 1977.
Other Conservative Caucus campaigns have involved opposition to NAFTA and the World Trade Organization, support for a national version of California's Proposition 187 (to end mandated subsidies for illegal aliens), as well as continuing efforts to oppose "socialized medicine", abortion, and equal rights for non-heterosexuals. Phillips is the host of Conservative Roundtable, a weekly public affairs television program.
Phillips is a controversial figure, even within conservative circles. He and his party often tend to emphasize the social "conservative" or "moral" issues such as support for anti-abortion causes and opposition to the extension of equal rights for non-heteorsexuals, sometimes at the expense of ecomomic issues. Conservatives of a more libertarian bent find his emphasis on biblical dogma and "traditional" Christian morality to in fact be a "big government" agenda, just a different one than that traditionally supported by liberals. Some feel that even the name of the party is incorrect and that the United States Constitution, with its "no religious test" clause and its First Amendment preventing an "establishment of religion" is not the real focus of Phillips or his party.
Howard Phillips was chosen by an overwhelming majority of delegates at the National Convention of the U.S. Taxpayers Party, now the Constitution Party, in San Diego, California on August 17, 1996 to serve as its presidential candidate.
He has published three books: The New Right at Harvard (1983), Moscow's Challenge to U.S. Vital Interests in Sub-Saharan Africa (1987), and The Next Four Years (1992).
Phillips, his wife, Peggy, and their immediate family reside in Fairfax County, Virginia.
- The Website of The Conservative Caucus, founded by Howard Phillips:
- Congressman Dan Burton cites article, referencing visit to Angola by Phillips and Heritage Foundation foreign policy analyst Michael Johns, "Savimbi's Elusive Victory in Angola," Congressional Record, October 26, 1989 .
- "The Last Honorable Politician", an interview with Howard Phillips: 
- The Constitutional Education Project, founded by Howard Phillips of The Conservative Caucus 
- Howard Phillips' well known speech: "Why Our Cause Has Been Loosing--How We Shall Win" 
- Howard Phillips is the Host of Conservative Roundtable, a weekly conservative public affairs television program: