Gov. Perry Appoints Philip Johnson to Texas Supreme Court
LUBBOCK – Gov. Rick Perry today named Philip Johnson, chief justice of the 7th District Court of Appeals, to the Supreme Court of Texas.
“I looked across Texas for an individual who could add to the High Court’s depth of experience, who is committed to interpreting the law in accordance with the will of the legislature and our founding fathers, and who has demonstrated the high level of integrity demanded by the people of Texas," Perry said. "One extraordinary West Texan fit the bill and that is the Chief Justice of the 7th District Court of Appeals, Phil Johnson."
Johnson has served as a justice on the 7th District Court of Appeals since 1999 and was named chief justice in 2003. During this period, Johnson disposed of more than 2,300 cases, wrote more than 800 opinions and earned a reputation as a fair-minded jurist who exercises great care and deliberation when rendering decisions. A native of Lubbock, Johnson is a graduate of Texas Tech University and a cum laude graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law, where he was a member of the law review.
Johnson is a decorated Air Force veteran, having served from 1965 to 1972. He was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross (with bronze oak leaf cluster), the Air Medal (with multiple oak leaf clusters) and the RVN Cross of Gallantry.
"Justice Johnson has more than two decades of experience in private practice, his counsel has been sought by members of the Texas Legislature, the Texas Bar Association and numerous legal panels, and he has answered the call of public service not only as an appellate court judge but for seven years as a decorated Air Force combat pilot," Perry said. "The people of West Texas know him as a fair and thoughtful judge who bases his opinion on the law and constitution, and soon all the people of Texas will come to know and respect him in the same way."
Prior to his service as an appeals court justice, Johnson was a partner with Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam in Lubbock. He currently serves as a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation. Johnson also is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Amarillo Area Bar Association and the Lubbock County Bar Association, where he served as president.
"I am appointing Phil Johnson to the Texas Supreme Court because he has the experience needed to be an effective justice for the people of this state, and he adheres to the philosophy that says judges should interpret the law, and not make it from the bench," Perry said.
The vacancy on the bench was created by the appointment of Justice Michael Schneider as a federal judge. This appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.