Candidate Profile
Michael Massengale

Republican , Texas


Michael Massengale
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3

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Montgomery County TEA Party, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom, Texas Home School Coalition, Texas Patriots PAC, Texas Right to Life


Texans for Lawsuit Reform

Reported by Candidate

Texas Right to Life, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Jonathan Saenz - President - Texas Values, David Barton - President, Wallbuilders, Cathie Adams - President, Texas Eagle Forum, Kelly Shackelford - President & CEO - Liberty Inst

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Don Willett, John Cornyn, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Mike Schofield, Republican Women's Organizations, Rick Santorum and 3 more
Empower Texans, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Republican Women's Organizations, State Republican Party Organizations, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Texas Alliance for Life, Texas Civil Justice League







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

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

Strongly Agree

Which current justice on the U.S. Supreme Court best reflects your judicial philosophy?


Which of the following U.S. presidents best reflects your political philosophy?


The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

George Washington's comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society” is still true today.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

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 --> Voters (We the People) --> Constitution --> Congress & Supreme Court (co-equal branches)

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

The accumulation of government powers in the same hands is the definition of tyranny, and in that circumstance there can be no liberty. (Federalist No. 47.) To protect against this, government powers must be defined, separated, and limited, so that the natural ambitions of men in each department will result in rivalries in which the departments control one another. (Federalist No. 51.)

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

Statutes should be interpreted based on the actual text approved by the legislature, and not other sources of “legislative history.” Legislative history may sometimes provide useful context, but it is a notoriously unreliable basis for statutory interpretation, and it can never be used to override the plain text of a statute.

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?

Basis for individual rights: “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.” Basis for form of government: “to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

In which partisan primary election did you most recently vote (e.g. Democratic, Republican, etc.)?


The U.S. Constitution and my state constitution should be interpreted as living documents, rather than use a strict constructionist or originalist philosophy.

Strongly Agree

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges allowing members of the same sex to marry, which justice’s opinion in that case most closely approximates your understanding of marriage?

Justice Alito’s dissent.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a practicing Catholic. My spiritual beliefs and values are grounded in the Bible. The Nicene Creed is an excellent summary of my religious belief.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Very Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

I was raised in a military family. I am an Eagle Scout. I have worked to advance conservative causes my entire life. I am a former Republican Party precinct chairman, and I am a former president of the Houston Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. I have worked to elect Republican candidates. I am active in my faith community. I have a strong record of consistently applying conservative judicial philosophy in my appellate opinions.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.

Additional comment from candidate:

I am the Constitutional Conservative candidate in this race. My opponent is the most frequent dissenter against the conservatives on the Supreme Court, and she has a record of judicial activism. She is the only member of the Texas Supreme Court who refused to participate in the case involving a constitutional challenge to traditional marriage. She has embraced the use of legislative history to justify departing from the plain text of statutes. Please see my full list of conservative endorsements at


  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, A.B. in Government
  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX, J.D. w/ Honors
Work & Military
  • First Court of Appeals, Justice, 2009-Present
  • Baker Botts, Partner
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals,, Clerk
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commissi, Commissioner
  • Federalist Society, Houston Lawyers Chapter, President: 2004-2009
  • Harris Co GOP, Precinct Chairman
  • Justice - First Court of Appeals, Held 2009-Present

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