|Current Court Information:|
|Minnesota Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Tim Pawlenty|
|Past post:||Judge, Minnesota Fourth Judicial District|
|Past post 2:||Assistant Hennepin County Attorney|
|Past term 2:||2004-2005|
|Undergraduate:||University of Minnesota-Morris, 1983|
|Law School:||Georgetown University Law Center, 1986|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2012:|
|Primary date:||August 14, 2012|
|Election date:||November 6, 2012|
Lorie Skjerven Gildea is the chief justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. She was appointed to the court on January 11, 2006, by Governor Tim Pawlenty. She was appointed to the position of chief justice by Gov. Pawlenty on May 13, 2010. Her current term expires in 2018.
- 2010-2018: Chief Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court
- 2006-2010: Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court
- 2005-2006: Judge, Minnesota Fourth Judicial District
- 2004-2005: Assistant Hennepin County attorney
- 1993-2004: General counsel, University of Minnesota
- 1986-1993: Attorney, Arent Fox
Awards and associations
- 2001-2004: Member, Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission
- 2000-2003: Board of Directors, YWCA of Minneapolis
- 2000-2002: Advisory board, MINNCORR Industries
Gildea was re-elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court, Chief Justice position. She defeated challenger Dan Griffith in the general election, winning 60% of the vote. Another challenger, Jill Clark, was defeated in the August 14th primary.
- See also: Minnesota judicial elections, 2012
In the contest for seat 4, incumbent Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea garnered 55% of the vote and defeated Deborah Hedlund, who received 45% of the vote.
- See also: Minnesota Supreme Court elections
Lawsuit to remove from ballot
Jill Clark filed a petition in early August 2008 seeking to have Gildea's name removed from the September 9 primary ballot. Clark argued that the judicial appointment process that was operative in Minnesota was unconstitutional because it undermined the election process. She was trying to prevent the word "incumbent" from appearing next to Gildea's name. Gildea was appointed to her supreme court seat in 2006 by Gov. Tim Pawlenty, which is why she was listed as an incumbent--she had not previously won election to her seat.
The petition to remove Gildea from the ballot had to be considered by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Gildea's colleagues recused themselves, and chief justice Eric Magnuson appointed a special board of five retired justices to adjudicate the case. Three of the five retired justices sitting on the special 5-member board had previously endorsed Gildea's re-election campaign: Sam Hanson, Edward Stringer and Esther Tomljanovich.
Ultimately, Clark's efforts to remove Gildea's name failed at the state and federal level.
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. Gildea received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.19, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal 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.
- News: Minnesota Supreme Court judges recuse themselves from cases involving U. of Minnesota, April 30, 2012
- News: Supreme Court Judge Gildea throws out recall against commissioner, February 27, 2012
- News: Governor considers recommendations for Minnesota Supreme Court, August 6, 2012
- Minnesota Supreme Court, "Lorie Gildea biography"
- KAALTV.com, "New Chief Justice Says Court Funding Is Concern," July 14, 2010
- The Bemidji Pioneer, "Gildea sworn in as Minnesota's chief justice," July 13, 2010 (dead link)
- MinnPost.com, "Gildea's unallotment dissent, redux," May 18, 2010
- Grand Forks Herald, "From a small town to chief justice," May 15, 2010 (dead link)
- Politics in Minnesota, "Gildea elevated to chief justice; David Stras appointed associate," May 13, 2010
- Northlands News Center, "Pawlenty Names Chief Justice & Makes Supreme Court Appointment," May 13, 2010
- Star-Tribune, "Pawlenty names Lorie Gildea new chief justice," May 13, 2010
- Minnesota Courts, "Justice Gildea biography"
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "General Election Results," November 6, 2012
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Candidates of Judicial Offices"
- Star Tribune, "Minnesota Supreme Court ad Appeals Court results," November 25, 2010
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2008 Primary Election Results"
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "2008 General Election Results"
- Star Tribune, "Court candidate takes on big battle," August 13, 2008
- MinnPost.com, "Judicial conflicts: State Supreme Court case is filled with them," August 22, 2008
- Star Tribune, "Justice will keep 'incumbent' label," August 26, 2008
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
|Former||Russell Anderson (Minnesota) • Paul Anderson (Minnesota judge) • Helen Meyer • Eric Magnuson • Sam Hanson • Edward Stringer • Esther Tomljanovich • Sandy Keith • Kathleen Blatz •|