Austin, TX (STL.News) Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Justice Phil Johnson to the Judicial Compensation Commission for a term set to expire on February 1, 2023. Additionally, he appointed JJ Clemence and reappointed Scott Salmans, who was named chairman as well, for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The commission recommends the proper salaries to be paid by the state for all justices and judges of the Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, Courts of Appeals, and state district courts.
Phil Johnson of Lubbock is an attorney and former Texas Supreme Court Justice. He also served as Justice and later Chief Justice of the Seventh Court of Appeals. He is a Life Fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of the State Bar of Texas, American Law Institute, College of the State Bar, and the Texas Center for Legal Ethics. Justice Johnson has volunteered and served in various leadership capacities with Boy Scouts of America – Golden Spread Council, Kiwanis, Southwest Lighthouse for the Blind, Lubbock Area Foundation, and Lubbock County Legal Aid Society. Justice Johnson received a bachelor’s degree with a major in math from Texas Tech University and a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Tech Law School.