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Barry Anderson

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Barry Anderson
Current Court Information:
Minnesota Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Position:   Place 1
Salary:  $152,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Active:   2004-2018
Preceded by:   James Gilbert
Past post:   Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals
Past term:   1998-2004
Past post 2:   Partner, Arnold, Anderson & Dove, PLLP
Past term 2:   1994-1998
Personal History
Party:   Republican
Undergraduate:   Gustavus Adolphus College, 1976
Law School:   University of Minnesota Law School, 1979
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  Minnesota
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/6/2012
Election vote:  58.94%ApprovedA

G. Barry Anderson is an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court, a position to which he was appointed in October 2004 by Governor Tim Pawlenty. His current term ends in 2018.[1]


Anderson received his undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1976 and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1979.[1]


Awards and associations


  • Former chairman, Board of Directors, Hutchinson Community Video Network
  • Former President, Rotary Club[1]



Justice Anderson was re-elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court, Place 1. He defeated challenger Dean Barkley in the general election, winning 58.94% of the vote.[2][3][4]

See also: Minnesota judicial elections, 2012


Anderson was elected to his seat after running unopposed.[5]

Opposition to judicial elections

Anderson spoke out against judicial elections in May 2008, and in favor of bills in the Minnesota legislature to eliminate election of judges, saying, "The problem with waiting [to act] is that there was a time when Texas wasn't Texas, Ohio wasn't Ohio, and Wisconsin wasn't Wisconsin," he said. "And what you find in these states, is that once they get into the soup of highly partisan, competitive, expensive judicial elections, they can't get out."[6]

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

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. Anderson received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.96, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.07 that justices received in Minnesota. 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.[7]

See also

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