Phil Reberger is a partner in one of Idaho’s leading governmental affairs firms, Sullivan & Reberger. He is a Caldwell High School and University of Idaho graduate, where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Business (Finance), received a President’s Top Senior Award and was commissioned in the United States Navy.
A Viet Nam veteran, he retired in 2002 as a captain, last serving as chief of staff to Commander, Navy Reserve Security Group. While serving on active duty as staff pilot to Admiral John McCain, Commander in Chief Pacific, he met Idaho First District Congressman Jim McClure, who introduced him to various Washington officials.
McClure’s introductions led to Phil’s early career on the executive staff of the Republican National Committee under the leadership of Former President George H. W. Bush and U.S. Senator Bob Dole.
Senator McClure later hired Phil to return to Idaho and manage McClure’s successful 1978 reelection campaign for the U.S. Senate. Phil then served for twelve years as chief of staff to Idaho’s U.S. Senator Steve Symms.
In 2003, he retired as Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne’s chief of staff, a position he held since 1992 when he managed Kempthorne’s successful campaign for election to the United States Senate.
Phil has served on various state and local government boards and commissions and is vice-chairman of the Idaho Judicial Council. As former chairman of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research advisory board, he is an enthusiastic proponent of the McClure Center’s bipartisan, evidence-based research on critical public policy matters. The McClure Center’s impressive work is a credible and valuable tool for Idaho’s elected leaders and policy decision makers. The McClure Center’s output is a fitting tribute to Senator McClure’s legacy as one of the nation’s most impactful legislators.