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Phil Johnson
Court Information:
Texas Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Position:   Place 8
Salary:  $168,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Rick Perry
Active:   2005-2020
Preceded by:   Michael H. Schneider
Past post:   Judge, Texas Seventh District Court of Appeals
Past term:   1998-2005
Personal History
Born:   10/24/1944
Party:   Republican
Law School:   Texas Tech University School of Law, 1975
Military service:   U.S. Air Force
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  Texas Supreme Court
Position:  Place 8
State:  Texas
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  3/4/2014
Primary vote:  64.0%ApprovedA
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  78.8%ApprovedA

Phil Johnson is a justice of the Texas Supreme Court (Place 8). He was appointed to this position by Governor Rick Perry on March 15, 2005. He was re-elected on November 4, 2014, for a term that begins on January 1, 2015, and will expire on December 31, 2020.[1][2]



See also: Texas judicial elections, 2014
Johnson ran for re-election to the Texas Supreme Court.
Primary: He was successful in the Republican primary on March 4, 2014, receiving 64.0 percent of the vote. He competed against Sharon McCally.
General: He defeated RS Roberto Koelsch (Libertarian) and Jim Chisholm (Green Party) in the general election on November 4, 2014, receiving 78.8 percent of the vote.[2][3][4]

Judicial poll

Below are the results of the 2014 judicial poll, conducted by the State Bar of Texas, which asked attorneys to cast a vote in favor of their preferred candidate in each appellate race.[5]

Place 8 Justice
Candidate: Votes:
Jim Chisholm 973
Phil Johnson 4244
RS Roberto Koelsch 835
Sharon McCally 2828


  • Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC
  • Texas Civil Justice League PAC
  • Texas Home School Coalition PAC
  • Texas Alliance for Life PAC
  • Texas Right to Life PAC
  • Texans for Fiscal Responsibility
  • Grassroots America – We the People
  • Young Conservatives of Texas PAC
  • Texas Farm Bureau PAC – AGFUND
  • Houston Realty Business Coalition PAC
  • Houston “C” Club PAC
  • Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT)
  • Houston Police Officers’ Union PAC
  • Cattle Raisers Association PAC
  • Texas Apartment Association PAC
  • Texas Association of Realtors
  • Spring Branch Republicans
  • Texas Conservative View
  • United Republicans of Harris County
  • Texas Medical Association PAC
  • Manufacturers PAC of Texas
  • Texas Oil and Gas Association PAC
  • Conservative Republicans of Texas PAC
  • Conservative Republicans of Harris County PAC
  • Governor Rick Perry
  • Senator John Cornyn
  • Senator Ted Cruz
  • Former Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson
  • Former Chief Justice Tom Phillips
  • Former Justice Harriet O'Neill
  • Rebecca Bradford, former president of the Texas Federation of Republican Women
  • Texas Comptroller Susan Combs
  • Bill Crocker, former Republican National committeeman[6]


Johnson was re-elected to the court in 2008.[7]

For a summary of the campaign contributions for Judge Phil Johnson, visit Follow the Money, Phil Johnson.

Candidate IncumbentSeatPartyElection %
Phil Johnson ApprovedA YesPlace 8Republican52.3%
Linda Yanez NoPlace 8Democratic44.6%
Drew Shirley NoPlace 8Libertarian3%


Johnson ran for election to the supreme court in 2006. He defeated Libertarian candidate Jay H. Cookingham, winning 76.3% of the vote.[8]

In his 2006 campaign, Phil Johnson raised $496,868.

For a detailed list of contributions, visit: Follow the Money: Phil Johnson


Johnson received his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1975.[9]


Military service

Johnson served in the U.S. Air Force from 1965 to 1972. He was a pilot and served in the Vietnam War.[9]

Awards and associations

  • Member, College of the State Bar
  • Life fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Life fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Past president, Lubbock County Bar Association[9]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Johnson received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.05, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.91 that justices received in Texas. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[11]

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