Candidate Profile
Phil Johnson

Republican , Texas


Phil Johnson
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 8

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Cathie Adams, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Alliance for Life PAC, Texas Home School Coalition, Texas Right to Life, Young Conservatives of Texas


Perry, Rick, Susan Combs, Texas Civil Justice League

Reported by Candidate

Texas Right to Life PAC Texas Home School Coalition PAC Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC Texas Civil Justice League PAC Tom Phillips Chief Justice Tx Supreme Ct ret Wallace Jefferson Chief Justice Tx Supreme Ct ret

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Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Republican Chairman's Associations, Republican Women's Organizations, State Republican Party Organizations, Texas Civil Justice League, Young Conservatives of Texas
Associated Builders and Contractors, Bass Family PACs, Cathie Adams, Charles Lee Perry, Connie Scott, Conservative Coalition of Harris County and 21 more







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.


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?

Ronald Reagan

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

There have been many decisions that have greatly impacted society, but Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), has had the most impact on current society. Roe began a rancourous national debate that continues unabated over abortion issues, the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution and the role of the national government in the abortion issue, as well as other issues relating to individual rights.

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, Constitution, Voters, Congress, Supreme Court.

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

The inherent tendency of men and women to want to acquire wealth and to acquire and exercise power over others.

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

Roe v. Wade, where the U.S. Supreme Court effectively added language to the U.S. Constitution by holding that the Constitution provided a right to terminate a pregnancy, overriding numerous state laws.

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

A statute should be interpreted so as to effect the intent of the legislature that adopted it. Legislative intent is best shown by the language of the statute. Only in instances where the language of the statute makes the legislature's intent uncertain should legislative history be consulted.

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 am a Christian. I believe that the Bible is God's Word. Biblical teachings form the basis of my moral and spiritual convictions.


  • Texas Tech School of Law, Lubbock, Tx, J.D., 1975
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Tx, B.A., 1965
Work & Military
  • Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam, Law Firm Partner, 23
  • U.S. Air Force, Captain, 7
  • U.S. Navy Reserve, E-3, 3
  • Trinity Christian Schools Supervising Committee, Member, Chair 2 terms
  • Southwest Lighthouse for the Blind, Board of Direc, Member, Chair 2 terms
  • Lubbock Area Foundation, Board of Directors, Member
  • Lubbock Legal Aid Society,, Member, Director, Chair of Board 1 term
  • Commission on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Advisory Group, Member
  • Carillon Foundation, Board of Directors, Member
  • Downtown Kiwanis Club of Amarillo, Member, Director, President of Board 1 term
  • Golden Spread Council, Boy Scouts of America B/D, Member of Board of Directors
  • Chief Justice, 7th Court of Appeals, Held 2
  • Justice, 7th Court of Appeals, Held 4
  • none

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