Note: this is the fourth post in the “Do you know Senator” series profiling Virginia’s Democratic senators.
Democrat Phillip ‘Phil’ Puckett represents the 38th District, which includes all of Bland, Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell and parts of Pulaski, Smyth, Wise and Wythe counties in the Virginia Senate. Puckett, a former educator, was first elected to the Senate in 1999 and is well known for his advocacy of the region’s economic development and coal industry. He has also fought for improvements in education, transportation, and water quality in the Southwest. But here are a few things you didn’t know about this senator:
Senator Puckett’s hobbies
My hobbies are hunting and fishing.
He makes a hearty meal
My favorite meal to prepare is soup beans, cornbread, and fried potatoes.
He walks the line … in black
My favorite musician is Johnny Cash. I have always loved the song “The Man in Black.”
Senator Puckett’s favorite movie
My favorite movie is Patton because the WWII generation is our greatest generation.
He’s a survivor
My greatest accomplishment is surviving three teenagers. I have three great kids.
His secret to success
The secret to success is to always be honest and live a life of integrity.
Senator Puckett is a lover of Virginia
Virginia is a great place to live because of its history and its beauty.
His political interest
I developed an interest in politics when I was 15 years old. My father inspired me to run for office.
His key to balancing his professional and political career with family life
Family always comes first.
Senator Puckett’s weekend hangouts
My constituents can find me either on the farm, at First Bank and Trust, or church on a weekend.
His big 3
My top three issues next year in the senate will be:
1. Ensuring that our coal industry is thriving and competitive
2. Continuing to work towards the full necessary funding our schools need in order educate our children for the future
3. Building on the transportation bill we just passed and continuing to advocate for the resources needed to finish the coal expressway.