Navy Submarine Vet to Run for SC's 1st Congressional District

This Press Release announces the candidacy of Phil Norris for the South Carolina 1st Congressional District for the 2020 Election cycle.

Online PR News – 20-July-2019 – Summerville, SC – PHIL NORRIS FOR CONGRESS
PO Box 852
Goose Creek, SC 29445
(843) 879-8808

For Immediate Release
News Release

July 19, 2019

POC: Phil Norris
(843) 879-8808

Navy Submarine Vet to Run for SC's 1st Congressional District

(Summerville, SC) - Today, Phil Norris of Summerville, SC announces his candidacy for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District for the 2020 Election Cycle. Phil is running on the Republican Ticket.

Phil first moved to the Charleston area in 1981, where he reported onboard the nuclear submarine USS Thomas Jefferson (SSN 618), home-ported at the Charleston Naval Base. The USS Thomas Jefferson was a converted Missile submarine, whose primary task was special operations. After service onboard four more submarines; The USS Daniel Boone (SSBN 629), The USS Phoenix (SSN 702), The USS Casimir Pulaski (SSBN 633) and The USS John C. Calhoun (SSN 630), Phil finished up his Naval career onboard the USS Frank Cable (AS-40), home-ported in Charleston, in 1994.

Phil's post-Naval retirement career landed him in various leadership roles in the Nuclear and Financial Industries. His first job after retirement was with Life Cycle Engineering in Charleston. Phil later moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee where he worked for the Oak Ridge Research Institute (ORRI) at the Department of Energy's Y-12 Nuclear weapons facility. Following his stint at ORRI, Phil accepted a position with Interstate Nuclear Services (INS) in Columbia, SC. He was later transferred to INS' facility in Macon, GA where he rose to the position of Plant Manager.

In 2004, Phil exited the nuclear industry to become a Financial Advisor with the investment firm of Smith Barney in Macon, GA. After two years in that role, Phil was offered the role of Vice President and Operations Manager for Smith Barney in Hattiesburg, MS. Phil served in that role until 2009, when his position was eliminated due to the merger of Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney. He then accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer with a Keller Williams Real Estate Franchise in Jackson, MS.

Phil currently works in the Commercial Nuclear Industry assisting nuclear plants with their refueling outages. He has performed in several roles in the Nuclear Industry, including as a Radiological Engineer on Nuclear Waste projects. He has authored and published technical papers in the nuclear waste industry.

Phil's volunteer and community service resume includes work in building school partnerships with local Charleston organizations during his service on the USS Frank Cable. Phil initiated and maintained award-winning partnerships with Buist Academy and the Carolina Youth Development Center/Charleston Orphan House up until his retirement from the Navy.

After the Navy, Phil turned his focus to a broad array of volunteer activities. He served on the Board of Directors of the Macon Tennis Association in Macon, GA. Phil has played music in several Churches and has gone on short term Mission trips for many projects, including Campus Crusade for Christ and Carpenters for Christ. Phil has served as a High School Football referee and a volunteer High School Football Coach.

As a member of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP), a civilian auxiliary of the US Air Force, Phil has performed many functions in support of the communities where he has lived. In 2006, Phil was successful in starting a CAP School Enrichment Program at Central Fellowship Christian Academy in Warner Robins, GA. This Cadet alternative to JROTC provided students with leadership education, as well as instruction in Aerospace Fundamentals and military style drill.

In 2007, while Phil was serving as the Public Affairs Officer of the Mississippi Wing of CAP, he coordinated the media events surrounding the rescue of Dennis Steinbock, a downed aviator that survived a crash in a dense Mississippi Forest. Phil coordinated national media interviews, including a live interview with Mr. Steinbock from his hospital bed on "Good Morning America." Phil was recognized for his efforts in this mission with a National Public Affairs Award presented by the CAP National Commander, General Amy Courter and Miles O'Brien, the CNN National Aerospace Correspondent.

In 2010, Phil was appointed as the Civil Air Patrol's National Public Information Officer for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Recovery Operations. The CAP was tasked with the majority of the daily flight operations along the 700 miles of coastline potentially affected by the resulting oil spill. He coordinated flights for members of the media with Civil Air Patrol aircrews, including a flight with a media team from the CBS Evening News. For this mission, Phil's Press releases were required to be submitted through a representative of the White House.

Phil is seeking the office of Representative of the South Carolina's 1st Congressional District in order to bring our government back to the original and legitimate principles outlined in the founding documents of our nation; The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. He has become a student of these documents and believes that the only way for America to survive our current political climate is to refocus on our founding principles of Liberty and Justice for all.

Phil currently resides in Summerville and is a member of the Seacoast Church. He has two grown sons that live in the Atlanta, GA area and a precious Granddaughter. Phil is the author of the book "Family Gram: Memoirs of an American Cold War Submariner," which chronicles his service on 5 nuclear submarines during the Cold War.