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Phillip Blevins, also known by childhood nickname "Bucky," was raised on his family's tobacco and beef farm in Chilhowie.  In 2008, he graduated from Marion Senior High School.

Blevins earned college degrees from Virginia Highlands Community College, the University of Virginia's College at Wise, the Appalachian School of Law, and the University of Missouri - Columbia -- each with honors.  He has served in various leadership roles at each institution ranging from student body president, editor of law review, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in Virginia's judicial system.  In 2021, he earned a post-doctorate law degree (LL.M.) from the University of Missouri in Conflict Resolution.  Blevins' research and thesis concerned the vanishing trial and alternatives to resolving conflict.


He is a previous Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Missouri.  Blevins is a decorated Air Force officer, having served just under 6 years on Active Duty.  He was assigned as a JAG prosecutor at Whiteman Air Force Base and Moody Air Force Base.  In 2020, he deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.  Upon his


return to the states, he was competitively selected to serve as an Air Force criminal defense attorney.

Currently, Blevins serves as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Smyth County.  He is also an adjunct professor at Appalachian School of Law teaching courses in Conflict Resolution and advising on alumni relations.  Additionally, he is a Traditional Guardsman in the Tennessee Air National Guard where he serves as State Defense Counsel.

In the community, Blevins serves as a Firegfither / EMT at Adwolfe Volunteer Fire Department, the American Legion Post #18, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4667, and as a member of the College Board for UVa-Wise.  Additionally, he is an active member of the National Rifle Association, Appalachian School of Law Alumni Association, and UVa-Wise Alumni Association.

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