Candidate Profile
Nathan Hecht

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
Nathan Hecht
Party
Republican
Race
Chief Justice, Supreme Court
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

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Endorsements

Conservatives

4
Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Alliance for Life PAC, Texas Right to Life, Young Conservatives of Texas

Others

1
Texas Civil Justice League

Reported by Candidate

1
Texas Right to Life PAC Texas Alliance for Life PAC Texans for Lawsuit Reform Texas Civil Justice League DFW Conservative Voters Young Conservatives of Texas

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
13
Bass Family PACs, DFW Conservative Voters, Empower Texans, Giovanni Capriglione, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, National Federation of Independent Business and 7 more

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Laborers International Union of North America

Summary

7%

LIBERAL

93%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

1. Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.

Agree

2. The U.S. Constitution is a living document and should be interpreted according to the circumstances of each generation.

Strongly Disagree

3. Foreign laws should be used in American courts even where those laws conflict with constitutional rights.

Strongly Disagree

4. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Strongly Agree

5. Which current Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court best reflects your judicial philosophy?

Justice Antonin Scalia

6. Which U.S. president elected to that office in 1960 or thereafter best reflects your political philosophy?

President Ronald Reagan

7. Which U.S. Supreme Court decision do you think has most impacted society? Please explain your answer.

The decision that has most positively impacted society is Marbury v. Madison by the great Chief Justice John Marshall, because it held that the Constitution and the rights it guarantees — like freedom of speech and religion, and the right to bear arms — must be the supreme law of the land. There are many decisions that have negatively impacted society.

8. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God, the Constitution, Voters, Supreme Court, Congress

9. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

10. Please give an example of a judicial decision where strict constructionist policy was violated. Explain.

Griswold v. Connecticut, because it found a right to privacy in the Constitution’s “penumbra”, which doesn’t exist.

11. What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?

Statutes should mean what they say. They should be interpreted according to their text, not legislative history.

12. What specific text in the Declaration of Independence provides the critical basis for individual rights and the form of government guaranteed in the United States Constitution?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

13. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I have always been a Christian and am a church pianist, Sunday School teacher, elder, and committed financial supporter of numerous missions.


Background

Education
  • SMU Law School, Dallas TX, J.D. cum laude, 1974
  • Yale University, New Haven CT, B.A. (honors in philosophy), 1971
Work & Military
  • U.S. Navy JAG Corps, Lieutenant, 1971-1979
Affiliations
  • Cornerstone Christian Church, Dallas, elder, teacher, pianist
  • Christian Union, contributor
  • Christ Church, Austin, contributor
  • Pioneer Bible Translators, contributor
  • Good News Productions Int'l, contributor
  • Bumps Mission to Mexico, contributor
  • Cookson Hills Christian Missionaries, contributor
  • Central India Christian Mission, contributor
Offices
  • Justice, Supreme Court of Texas, Pl. 6, Held 1989-2014
  • Justice, Dallas Court of Appeals, Held 1986-1988
 

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