Being actively involved in District 14 neighborhood leadership roles since 2000, Philip Kingston was elected to the Dallas City Council on June 24, 2013, and is serving his 3rd term representing Council District 14, which includes Downtown Dallas, Uptown, historic East Dallas, Turtle Creek, and Oak Lawn.
In 2017, Philip won reelection easily despite being opposed by an unprecedented PAC organized by and funded by the Mayor and his supporters. It was the most expensive race in District 14 history, and Philip won despite being massively outspent.
Philip has taken on some of the city's toughest challenges. As the only freshman committee chair, he led a pioneering study of comprehensive Arts funding in Dallas. He led the effort to ensure Dallas citizens' access to Uber and other innovative car hire services. He fought to protect Dallas park land from gas drilling and helped pass an urban drilling ordinance that is now a national model.
Philip is an advocate for city workers and for the reintegration of ex-offenders into our economy. For his successful efforts to pay city contractors a living wage, the local chapter of the AFL-CIO recognized him as the Champion of the Living Wage Ordinance. Working in collaboration with his colleague Dwaine Caraway, he initiated a innovative reentry program for ex-offender sanitation workers resulting in improved wages and employability for those workers.
Philip is a strong advocate for LGBT constituents and is a two-time winner of the LGBT Task Force's Spirit of Equality Ally Award.
Representing the hottest development areas in Dallas, Philip is recognized as a zoning, land use, and economic development expert. District 14 projects he has been involved in have resulted in over a billion dollars of new property value for the city.
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 and Leadership DISD.
Baylor Law School, JD General Civil Litigation, 1999
Trinity University, BA Economics, 1994