Phil grew up in the Assembly District he now represents. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard (1981) and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1984) where he was a member of the Law Review and Pennís National Moot Court team. From 1987 to 1989, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York and Rensselaer Counties. Phil joined the law firm of Cooper, Erving and Savage LLP in 1990. His practice is concentrated in civil rights and employment law. He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association. In 1999, Phil was elected to the Albany County Legislature from the District centered in Menands. He was re-elected three times. In 2012, he won the Primary and General Election to become the representative of the 110th Assembly District. Phil lives in Loudonville, New York with his wife Patricia and their children, Alexandra (17) and Aaron (14). He is the son of retired Albany Academy Athletic Director Ernest Steck and the late Hackett Middle School teacher Roselyn Steck.