Texan Don Willett previously worked for the Bush Administration’s office of faith-based initiatives. He is known for pushing to keep a monument of the Ten Commandments on public property and the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. These are both issues that he has promoted extensively on his Facebook page.
Willett is currently a justice on the Supreme Court of Texas where he was appointed by Governor Rick Perry in August of 2005. He filled the vacancy when former Justice Priscilla Owen joined the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He was elected in November of 2006 and re-elected six years later to a six-year term that ends in December of 2018.
Willitt was the first of his family to graduate high school thus becoming the first to graduate from college. Willatt went above and beyond earning a triple-major BBA in economics, finance and public relation from Baylor University in 1988. While attending Baylor, he was a member of the Baylor Chamber of Commerce and received his J.D. with honors along with an A.M. in political science from Duke University in 1992.
After law school, Willett clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit before going on to practice employment and labor law in Austin until 1996. During that time he also served as senior fellow with the Texas Public Policy Foundation and has also served as a non-resident with the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1996 Justice Willitt joined forces with then-Governor Bush working as Director of Research and Special Projects, advising on various legal and policy issues. He then worked on the Bush-Cheney Presidential Campaign and Transition Team before continuing his extensive career with the Bush Administration. Notably, Willitt has repeatedly mocked Donald Trump and his presidential aspirations on his Twitter account.