Stephanie Phillips (she/her/hers) was the 2018 and 2020 Democratic nominee for Texas House District 73. Her unapologetically progressive and low-budget campaign performed as well, or better than, up ticket races with six- and seven-figure budgets. In 2018, she received more votes than any Democrat in the history of Gillespie County, significantly outperforming Beto O’Rourke. In 2020, she smashed her own record, outperforming Biden and incumbent Congressman Doggett in several precincts.
During the 2018 campaign, she led Team Blue Texas, a group of candidates collaborating to share resources and knowledge across districts in order to run more effectively. In order to better understand the systemic nature of the challenges faced by Texas candidates, she conducted extensive interviews with 34 people who ran for state house in the 2018 cycle.
As Co-Executive Director of Blue Horizon Texas, Stephanie leads fundraising and development, outreach, and coalition building. Throughout her career in education, performing arts, and political and social movement organizing, she has consistently focused on systems change, building diverse coalitions, leadership development, and creative problem solving.
A 20 year resident of rural Texas Hill Country, Stephanie received her MA in Music from Texas State with a focus on Collaborative Composition and Improvisation and her BA from Oberlin College in American History with a focus on Women’s History and Progressive Social Movements.