Supreme Court Chief Justice, 2012 Election


Date: November 6, 2012
Cycle: 2012
Office: Supreme Court Chief Justice
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Lorie Skjerven Gildea Incumbent Woman Nonpartisan 1,284,064 60.02 +20.43
Dan Griffith Man Nonpartisan 846,956 39.59

Governor Tim Pawlenty appointed Associate Justice Gildea to Chief Justice on July 1, 2010 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Chief Justice Eric Magnuson on June 30, 2010 to return to private practice.

Griffith was an attorney from International Falls.

Clark was an attorney from Golden Valley and candidate for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 2008.


  • State of Minnesota Legislative Manual, 2013-2014 (p. 514).