"Merle Phillips served his community, his commonwealth and his nation with distinction and honor.
"During my time as governor, Merle was a member of the State House Republican leadership and was helpful in the enactment of several key pieces of legislation that were important to our agenda.
"I’ll always be thankful for his friendship and support. Those who worked with Merle fondly remember his loyal dog who was always at his side in his capitol office. Michele and I send our deepest sympathies to Merle’s family, friends and constituents."
- Tom Ridge