Commitment to Country
Justice Phil Johnson's father's career as an Air Force officer first brought the family to West Texas. After graduating from Texas Tech, Johnson entered active military service with the U.S. Air Force.
He trained as a pilot and served in Vietnam flying fighter aircraft. His military decorations include the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
Commitment to the Law
Honorably discharged from active duty as a captain, he entered Texas Tech School of Law, where he served on the law review and graduated with honors. For over twenty years, he practiced law with the Lubbock firm of Crenshaw, Dupree and Milam. He is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is a member of the Order of the Coif and has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of the Tech School of Law.
In November, 1998 Justice Johnson was elected to the Court of Appeals for the 7th District in Amarillo. He was elected Chief Justice in 2002 and in March of 2005 he was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by Governor Rick Perry. In November, 2006 he was elected by Texans to complete the term to which he was appointed. Justice Johnson will run for a full term in the 2008 elections.
Commitment to Community
Johnson has a lifetime record of service in church, civic and professional organizations.
Among other activities, he has served on the boards of Trinity Christian School, Southwest Lighthouse for the Blind and the Lubbock Area Foundation. Johnson has been active in and served as President of his local Kiwanis Club and served on the Board of the Golden Spread Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He has served on numerous committees of the State Bar of Texas and is a Life Fellow of the Texas and American Foundations.
Justice Johnson and his wife, Carla, have been married for over 36 years. He has five children.