City Council District 14
Biography: Councilmember Philip Kingston
Being actively involved in District 14 neighborhood leadership roles since 2000. Philip Kingston was elected to the Dallas City Council on June 24, 2013 representing Council District 14, which includes Downtown Dallas, Uptown, historic East Dallas, Turtle Creek, and Oak Lawn.
Mayor Mike Rawlings appointed Philip as Chair of the Arts, Culture & Libraries Committee, Vice Chair of the Ad Hoc Judicial Nominations Committee and as a member to the Police & Fire Pension Board, Finance & Audit Committee, Housing Committee and Ad Hoc Legislature Committee.
In his professional career as a lawyer, Philip has been recognized as a Rising Star by Texas Monthly Magazine in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011. He is a founding member of the Dallas Bar Association’s Public Forum Committee and was chair in 2010. In that role, he has brought some of the most important civic leaders in Dallas to the Bar for speaking events and debates. Philip has a long-standing commitment to legal services to the poor having received the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program’s Outstanding Clinic Attorney of the Year Award three times for his work at the West Dallas Clinic. He travels to West Dallas to volunteer because that’s where the clients need legal advice in Spanish. He is also an alumnus of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers’ 2004 Leadership Class.
Philip lives in the lower Greenville area known as the Belmont Addition Conservation District in a 1915 Prairie house with his wife Melissa and a collection of rescue dogs and cats.
Baylor Law School, JD General Civil Litigation, 1999
Trinity University, BA Economics, 1994