Candidate Profile
Michael Keasler

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
Michael Keasler
Party
Republican
Race
Judge, Court of Crim. Appeals, Place 6
Incumbent
Yes
Links

Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Endorsements

Reported by Candidate

6
8 former State Bar oif Texas Presidents, 3 District Attorneys, 4 former Texas Supreme Court Justices, Bryan A. Garner, co-author w/Justice Scalia, Conservative Republicans of Harris County, Montgomery County Tea Party

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Republican Women's Organizations
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
3
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Republican Women's Organizations, Texas Alliance for Life

Summary

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LIBERAL

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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.

Neutral

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

Scalia

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.

Neutral

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, Constitution, Voters, Supreme Court, Congress

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

The fact that power corrupts, should be limited, and subject to checks and balances.

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

It should be resorted to only when the statute is clearly ambiguous and its plain meaning is not clear on its face. A lot of damage is done in the name of "legislative intent." Like Justice Scalia, I am a textualist.

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."

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?

Roberts's dissent

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian and a faithful, active member of my church. Like everyone else, I am human, and my salvation is only through the grace of God by the merits of my Savior, Jesus Christ. My values are those set out by our Lord in the Gospels, and I do my best to live up to them. However, being human, I often fail in my attempts to do so.

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

Conservative

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

My judicial opinions are available on the Court's website.

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

mekeasler@yahoo.com, (512)633-5508

Additional comment from candidate:

As to Question 1 above, there is no perfect way to select judges. Two desirable attributes of judges are independence and accountability. Life tenure has independence with less accountability, while partisan elections with relatively short terms strongly favors accountability over independence. I have had both, with initial appointment by Governor Clements to the trial court and numerous elections since. I gave the best answer I could to question 4 above because, as I understand it, a "pure democracy" is what existed in ancient Athens, not in the Constitution. What the founders established is a democracy within a republic, with some limits (examples: judicial review, the electoral college, and a bi-cameral legislature) on "pure democracy."


Background

Education
  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, B.A., 1964
  • University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX, L.L.B., 1967
Work & Military
  • Charles W. Grantham, Attorney at Law, Attorney, 1967-1969
  • Henry Wade, Dallas County District Attorney, Senior Felony Chief Prosecutor, 1969-1981
  • 292nd District Court, Dallas County, Texas, District Judge, 1981-1998
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Judge, 1999-Present
Affiliations
  • The National Judicial College, Faculty Council, Faculty
  • The American Law Institute, Member
  • Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Austin, Lay Reader, Mens Bible Study and Breakfast Group
  • St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas, Sr. Hi. Sunday School Teacher
  • St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Grand Prairie, Vestry, Lay Reader Chailce Bearer, S.S. Teacher
  • Rotary Club of Austin, Member
  • Grand Prairie Rotary Club, Member
  • Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, 32nd Degree, KCCH
Offices
  • District Judge, Held 17
  • Court of Criminal Appeals, Held 17
  • Assistant District Attorney, Sought 12
 

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