Supreme Court Chief Justice, 2012 Election

Primary Nonpartisan

Date: August 14, 2012
Cycle: 2012
Office: Supreme Court Chief Justice
State: Minnesota
District: Statewide
Candidate Gender Party Votes Percent Margin
Lorie Skjerven Gildea Incumbent Woman Nonpartisan 145,018 49.64 +28.68
Dan Griffith Man Nonpartisan 85,853 29.39 +8.42
Jill Clark Woman Nonpartisan 61,251 20.97

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.


  • Report of the State Canvassing Board, Office of Secretary of State, State of Minnesota, August 21, 2012 (p. 38).