|Current Court Information:|
|Texas Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Rick Perry|
|Active:||2005 - 2018|
|Past post:||Deputy Texas Attorney General|
|Past term:||2003 - 2005|
|Born:||July 16, 1966|
|Undergraduate:||Baylor University, 1988|
|Law School:||Duke University, 1992|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2012:|
|Primary date:||May 29, 2012|
|Election date:||November 6, 2012|
Don R. Willett is a justice of the Texas Supreme Court, in Place 2. He was appointed to this position by Governor Rick Perry and took office on August 24, 2005. His current term will expire in 2018.
After graduating from law school, Willett clerked for Judge Jerre Williams in the Fifth Circuit. In 1996, he joined former Governor George W. Bush's administration, as Director of Research & Special Projects. He also worked with the Bush-Cheney 2000 Presidential Campaign and Transition Team. From there, he was a Deputy Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice, but he left to join Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office in 2003, where he worked until his appointment to the Texas Supreme Court in 2005.
- See also: Texas judicial elections, 2012
- Young Conservatives of Texas
In 2012 Don Willett spent $1,167,930 on primary TV ads.
==Notable cases==Willett's first majority opinion was Willis v. Donnelly, which was released on June 2, 2006. Willett wrote for a unanimous court in a case dealing with shareholder liability in close corporations.
According to the endorsement of the Young Conservatives of Texas:
Justice Willett has earned consensus support from every corner of the conservative movement: pro-life, pro-faith, pro-family, pro-liberty, pro-gun rights, pro-law enforcement, pro-private property, and pro-limited government.
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. Willett received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.97, 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.
- The Supreme Court of Texas, Justice Don R. Willett, Place 2
- Project Vote Smart, Justice Don R. Willett (TX)
- Texas Supreme Court Opinions by Justice Don R. Willett
- Official Campaign website
- Austin American-Statesman, "No Founder Left Behind," September 17, 2008
- Keep Justice Willett Campaign website
- Project Vote Smart, "Justice Don R. Willett (TX)"
- Texas Secretary of State, "2012 General Election Summary" - Select "2012 General Election"
- Texas Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Election Results"
- Texas Republican Party, "2012 Texas Republican Candidates"
- DailyTimes.com, "Supreme Court justice seeks another term," November 29, 2011
- Young Conservatives of Texas, "YCT Endorses Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett," November 28, 2011
- Justice at Stake, "Campaign Money Patterns Entering New Phase in 2012 Judicial Races," September 13, 2012
- Texas Secretary of State, "2006 General Election results"
- Willis v. Donnelly
- Stanford University "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012