Representative Phil Barnhart has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2001. He represents House District 11, encompassing much of central Lane and Linn Counties, including east Eugene, Creswell, Coburg, Brownsville, Halsey, Harrisburg, Shedd, Walterville and the outskirts of Pleasant Hill, Springfield and Lebanon.
Rep. Barnhart is a Chair of House Revenue Committee and the Joint Tax Credit Committee and serves as a member of the Democratic Leadership team, helping shape and guide legislative policy proposals. He also serves on the Rules Committee. In the past he has been a member of the House Workforce and Economic Development Committee, the Rural Policy Committee, Ways and Means Education Sub-Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee, among others.
As a young child, Rep. Barnhart moved with his parents to Eugene. He graduated from South Eugene High School before obtaining a BA in History from the University of Oregon in 1968 and his JD in 1971. After a short stint as a deputy District Attorney, he went into private practice as an attorney.
He received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1982 and practiced psychology until 2001.
He was a long-time soccer referee and served as president of the Lane County Soccer Referee’s Association. He has served on community boards including those of the Oregon Bach Festival and Emergence, a non-profit addiction treatment program.
In 1994, Representative Barnhart was elected to the school board of District 4J in Eugene. He left the school board in 2001 when he started serving as a State Representative.
He is married, has two children and three grandchildren all living in Eugene. Representative Barnhart ran for the school board and the legislature to restore adequacy to our children’s public schools. That project continues.
Representative Barnhard has been serving on the EMERGENCE Board of Directors since 1986.