Candidate Profile
Ray Wheless

Republican , Texas


Ray Wheless
Judge, Court of Crim. Appeals, Place 2

Panel Rating

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Conservative Republicans of Texas, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom, Texas Conservative Review, Texas Home School Coalition, Texas Right to Life, Texas Values Action

Reported by Candidate

Texas Home School Coalition, Kelly Shackelford, Liberty Institute, Grassroots America We the People - Tyler, Senator Van Taylor, Senator Bob Hall, State Represenative Matt Rinaldi

Selected Contributions


Eagle Forum, Ken Paxton, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Matt Shaheen, Republican Women's Organizations, State Republican Party Organizations, Young Republican National Federation
Texas Home School Coalition







Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.

Strongly Agree

Which current justice on the U.S. Supreme Court best reflects your judicial philosophy?


Which of the following U.S. presidents best reflects your political philosophy?


The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Agree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

George Washington's comment that “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society” is still true today.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God, Voters, Constitution, Congress and Supreme Court

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

James Madison said "men are not angels" and that ambition needs to check ambition. Having separate branches of government where one branch seeks power acts as a limit on other branches in their search for power.

What is the proper use of legislative history in interpreting statutory law?

In interpreting statutes, the plain language of the statute must be followed. If there is an ambiguous section, the entire statute should be examined to resolve the ambiguity. If that fails to resolve the ambiguity, then legislative history may be used to resolve the ambiguity for that section, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that the legislative intent of the statute is upheld.

What specific text in the Declaration of Independence provides the critical basis for individual rights and the form of government guaranteed in the United States Constitution?

The Declaration of Independence does not actually give anybody any rights, it just states that God gave people rights that cannot be taken away, such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Declaration also states that if people are unhappy with their government, they are free to get rid of it, like the founding fathers did in the Revolutionary War. The first part of the Declaration is basically the introduction, where they are not only stating our rights, but also giving logical justification for wanting independence. The second part is our list of grievances for King George III of England. The last part brings the colonies together and actually does the part of declaring independence from England.

In which partisan primary election did you most recently vote (e.g. Democratic, Republican, etc.)?


The U.S. Constitution and my state constitution should be interpreted as living documents, rather than use a strict constructionist or originalist philosophy.

Strongly Disagree

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges allowing members of the same sex to marry, which justice’s opinion in that case most closely approximates your understanding of marriage?

Justice Scalia

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, was resurrected, and thereby offers salvation to all who will receive Him in faith. As a Christian, I try to walk closely with God. I believe in the Apostles Creed as recited in my church: "I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit; Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate; Was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into Hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven; And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; The Holy Christian Church, the Communion of Saints; The Forgiveness of sins; The Resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting," I believe that the Ten Commandments should be displayed in every courtroom and outside every courthouse. I believe in school prayer.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Very Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

As a lawyer, I have stood up for citizen's Constitutional rights. As a judge, I have done the same. There are published appellate opinions where I argued in favor of following the Constitution rather than judge made or statutory exceptions to it. As a judge, I have spoken out about unreasonable fees of approximately $2 million dollars for the special prosecutors in Texas' Attorney General Ken Paxton's criminal case pending in Collin County.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you. 214-403-5770

Additional comment from candidate:

I am the most experienced candidate, the most qualified candidate and the candidate with the best chance of defeating the Democrat incumbent in the general election. Texans expect and are entitled to ethical, fair, and hard working judges. I hope to earn your vote. Please visit my website: God Bless Texas and the U.S.A.


  • University of Texas Law School, Austin, Texas, JD, 1979
  • University of California at San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA, BBA Business, 1976
  • Victorville Junior College, Victorville, CA, AA, 1975
Work & Military
  • United States Air Force, Staff Sergeant (E-5), Four
  • Custer Road United Methodist Church, Member
  • Collin County Conservative Republicans, Member
  • Plano Metro Rotary Club, President
  • Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals, President Elect
  • Golden Corridor Republican Women Club, Associate Member
  • Village Republican Women Club, Associate Member
  • Texas Eagle Forum, Member
  • Texas State Rifle Association, Member
  • District Judge, Held Six
  • County Court at Law Judge, Held Nine
  • District Attorney, Sought 1990
  • District Attorney, Sought 1986

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