Justice Phil Johnson is a true conservative, who believes judges must be impartial referees and strictly interpret the law, not seek to write it from the bench.
Justice Phil Johnson was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court on March 15, 2005, by Gov. Rick Perry. At the time of his appointment he was serving as Chief Justice of the Seventh Court of Appeals in Amarillo. He was first elected to the Court of Appeals in 1998 and was elected Chief Justice in 2002. Before being elected to the Court of Appeals Justice Johnson practiced law with the Lubbock law firm of Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam, L.L.P.
Justice Johnson graduated from Texas Tech University. Following his military service he attended Texas Tech University School of Law, where he was a member of the law review and graduated with honors.
Justice Johnson has been active in church, civic, and professional organizations. He has served at various times on the boards of directors or supervising committees of the Golden Spread Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Kiwanis, Southwest Lighthouse for the Blind, Lubbock Area Foundation, Lubbock County Legal Aid Society, Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Region I Advisory Group), Trinity Christian Schools and the Carillon Foundation. He has served as president of the Lubbock County Bar Association, and has served on numerous committees of the State Bar of Texas, including pattern jury charge and alternative dispute resolution committees. He is member of the College of the State Bar, a life fellow of both the Texas and American Bar Foundations and a member of the American Law Institute. Justice Johnson is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Law.
Justice Johnson served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot. He flew fighter-bombers in Vietnam and later instructed student pilots. As a result of his Vietnam service he was decorated with the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross twice, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and multiple Air Medals. He was honorably discharged as a captain.
Justice Johnson is married to Carla Jean Johnson and has five children.
Justice Johnson was re-elected in 2008 for a term ending on December 31, 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination for re-election in the March 2014 primary.