Paul Anderson

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Paul Anderson
Current Court Information:
Minnesota Supreme Court
Title:   Former justice
Active:   1994-5/2013
Succeeded by:   David Lillehaug
Past position:   Minnesota Court of Appeals
Previous chief:   1992-1994
Past term:   1992-1994
Past position:   Judge
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Macalester College, 1965
Law School:   University of Minnesota, 1968

Paul H. Anderson was an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. He served in this capacity from July 1, 1994 until May 2013 when he reached the state's mandatory retirement age.[1][2]


Justice Anderson earned his B.A. Degree from Macalester College in 1965 and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1968.[3]


Prior to joining the supreme court, Anderson served as chief judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals from September 1992 to June 30, 1994. He was an Associate and Partner with the firm LeVander, Gillen & Miller Law Offices, in South St. Paul from 1971 to 1992. Anderson was a Special Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division and Department of Public Safety, Office of Minnesota Attorney General from 1970 to 1971. He was also a VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) attorney from 1968 to 1969, and served as a neighborhood attorney for New Haven Legal Assistance in New Haven, Connecticut.[3]

Associations and activities

  • Dakota County Bar Association; board member and president
  • Independent School District #199: board member & chairman of board
  • Community Services Advisory Committee, Independent School District #199, member and chairman
  • 1982-1984 Independent School District #199 PER Committees
  • Deacon and Ruling Elder, House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul
  • Board member and Executive Committee member, South St. Paul/Inver Grove Heights Chamber of Commerce
  • 1991-1992 Member and chair of Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection
  • Member, National Advisory Council of the American Judicature Society[4]

2010 Video

Justice Anderson comments on Chief Justice Magnuson's resignation and state of Minnesota Supreme Court.

A Right Wing MN Chief Justice? Justice Anderson Thinks Not.



Anderson was re-elected to the court in 2008.

Candidate IncumbentPrimary %Election %
Paul Anderson ApprovedA Yes63.8%60.4%
Tim Tingelstad No21.8%39.2%
Alan Nelson No14.5%


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 -0.27, 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.[7]

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