|Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court|
|Assumed office |
July 1, 2010
|Appointed by||Tim Pawlenty|
|Preceded by||Eric Magnuson|
|Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court|
January 11, 2006 – July 1, 2010
|Appointed by||Tim Pawlenty|
|Preceded by||Russell Anderson|
|Succeeded by||David Stras|
|Born||October 6, 1961|
|Alma mater||University of Minnesota, Morris (BA)|
Georgetown University (JD)
Lorie Skjerven Gildea (born October 6, 1961) is an American attorney and jurist serving as Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. She served as an associate justice on the Court from 2006 to 2010 and as a district judge for Hennepin County in the Fourth Judicial District from 2005 to 2006.
Early life and education
Gildea was born on October 6, 1961 and raised in Plummer, Minnesota. She received a Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, from the University of Minnesota Morris in 1983, and a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1986.
Gildea later returned to Minnesota where, after working briefly as a special prosecutor for the city of Minneapolis, she became an associate general counsel for the University of Minnesota. She represented the University system for eleven years, including during the scandal involving former men's basketball coach Clem Haskins. She served on the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines Commission from 2001 to 2004 under Governors Jesse Ventura and Tim Pawlenty.
Pawlenty later appointed her as an Associate Justice. Gildea's seat on the Court was up for election in 2008. She defeated three opponents in the primary election and Hennepin County District Judge Deborah Hedlund in the general election. In 2010, Governor Pawlenty appointed her the new Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, replacing Eric Magnuson. Her term as Chief Justice began on July 1, 2010 and she was sworn in at a ceremony on July 12, 2010 in Saint Paul.
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- Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea, Minnesota Judicial Branch.
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| Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
| Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court