Candidate Profile
Rick Green

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
Rick Green
Party
Republican
Race
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon

Endorsements

Conservatives

7
David Barton, Montgomery County TEA Party, New Revolution Now ", Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom, Texas Home School Coalition, Texas Right to Life, Texas Values Action

Reported by Candidate

6
David Barton - Wallbuilders, Chuck Norris, Dr. James Dobson, Judge Paul Pressle, Matt Staver - Liberty Counsel, Kelly Shackelford - CEO Liberty Institute, Tim Lamberty - Texas Homeschool Coalition, Cathie Adams - Texas Eagle Forum

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
13
Josh Mandel, Ken Mercer, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Matt Krause, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich and 7 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
11
Brian Birdwell, Bryan Hughes, Conservative Republicans of Texas, Dan Flynn, Heritage Alliance, Josh Flynn and 5 more

Summary

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LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

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?

Thomas

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

Reagan

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.

1. God 2. Voters 3. Constitution 4. Congress 5. Supreme Court

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

The Founders often cited Jeremiah 17:9 (the heart is evil, no man can know it) to emphasize man's sinful nature to grasp power, not let go, and become corrupted when there is no accountability.

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

It is important to construe a statute in the plain meaning of the language as intended by those empowered to write the law, the legislators elected by the people. I agree with the Texas Supreme Court’s textualist approach, but only to the extent it is not used to ignore obvious original or legislative intent. I understand the Court’s concern in Klein (ongoing lobbying regarding the meaning of the original intent), but abuses can occur both ways. The balanced approach is to attempt to construe based on plain text, but to also consider legislative intent when the statutory language is unclear. The most important thing is stick with the intent and for the court to not change the meaning through a manipulation of words, as has far too often happened with the U.S. Supreme Court. Joseph Story, said “The first and fundamental rule in the interpretation of all documents is to construe them according to the sense of the terms and the intention of the parties.”

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?

The same 56 words that are required to be taught in Texas schools because of my 2001 Celebrate Freedom Week law: 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.

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

Republican

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

Strongly Disagree

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?

Alito & Roberts both

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Like our Founding Fathers, I believe man's sinful nature is inherent in all men, which is why we need separation of powers and checks and balances in our government. My personal faith is that of a non-denominational Protestant Christian. Biblical Worldview drives everything in my life, causing my priorities to be God, family, country. Though my family understands the need to sacrifice for country because without freedom, we can also lose our family. Our family mission statement, framed & hanging in our living room, sums up my values: With joy, the Green family will honor and glorify God with all of our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls as we strive to share the truths of Christ while influencing the course and culture of America.

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.

Proven voting record as a legislator, receiving virtually every conservative award from "Faith & Family" to "Top Ten Conservative" to "Fighter for Free Enterprise" to the endorsements of virtually every conservative leader in the state. Also proven, effective conservative record of action and results through my work in founding Patriot Academy (hundreds of young conservative leaders trained each summer), hosting David Barton's radio program, equipping conservative legislators through our Pro-Family Legislators Conference, and training 10's of thousands of conservative patriots on detailed constitutional principles.

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

campaign@rickgreen.com 512-361-7116

Additional comment from candidate:

Our religious liberty and other constitutional rights are being challenged over and over again in the state courts. Now, more than ever, we need a proven constitutionally sound watchdog on the court. It's time to put the courts back in their proper place.


Background

Education
  • University of Texas School of Law, Austin, J.D., 1997
  • Angelo State University, San Angelo, B.B.A., 1991
  • Wylie High School, Wylie, 1989
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Wallbuilders, 15 years teacher, radio host, author
  • Torch of Freedom Foundation, Founder
  • Patriot Academy, President
  • Ted Cruz for President, Contributor
  • Operation Underground Railroad, Contributor
  • Foundation for the Homeless, Contributor
  • Texas Homeschool Coalition, Contributor
  • Central Texas LifeCare, Contributor
Offices
  • Texas State Representative, Held 1999-2003
  • Texas Supreme Court, Sought 2010
 

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