|Current Court Information:|
|Minnesota Supreme Court|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Tim Pawlenty|
|Preceded by:||James Gilbert|
|Past post:||Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals|
|Past post 2:||Partner, Arnold, Anderson & Dove, PLLP|
|Past term 2:||1994-1998|
|Undergraduate:||Gustavus Adolphus College, 1976|
|Law School:||University of Minnesota Law School, 1979|
|Candidate for:||Supreme Court|
|Election information 2012:|
- 2004-2018: Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court
- 1998-2004: Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals
- 1994-1998: Partner, Arnold, Anderson & Dove, PLLP
- 1979-1994: City Attorney, Hutchison, Minnesota
Awards and associations
- Former chairman, Board of Directors, Hutchinson Community Video Network
- Former President, Rotary Club
- See also: Minnesota judicial elections, 2012
Anderson was elected to his seat after running unopposed.
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."
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.
- Minnesota Judicial Branch, "Judge Profile: Associate Justice G. Barry Anderson"
- Capitol Report, "Pawlenty strikes down bong-water bill," May 18, 2010
- Minnesota Judicial Branch, "Judge Profile: Associate Justice G. Barry Anderson," accessed August 7, 2014
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Unofficial General Election Results: Judicial"
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Candidates of Judicial Offices"
- Minnesota Post, "Former U.S. Sen. Dean Barkley files for Minnesota Supreme Court seat," May 30, 2012
- Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Results General Election," Nov. 7, 2006
- MRP.org, "Former justice O'Connor urges changes in judicial elections," May 2, 2008
- Stanford University, "State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns," October 31, 2012
Russell Anderson • Paul Anderson • Helen Meyer • Eric Magnuson • Sam Hanson • Edward Stringer • Esther Tomljanovich • Sandy Keith • Kathleen Blatz •