Apr 22, 2024 - News

Walz names two judges to the Minnesota Supreme Court

: Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Theodora Gaïtas and Seventh Judicial District Chief Judge Sarah Hennesy will join the court as associate justices.

Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Theodora Gaïtas and Seventh Judicial District Chief Judge Sarah Hennesy will join the court as associate justices. Photos courtesy of Gov. Tim Walz's office

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Monday named two state judges to fill vacancies on the state Supreme Court.

The big picture: Once Walz's picks are sworn in, all seven justices on state's highest court will be Democratic appointees.

  • A majority will be women.

Driving the news: Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Theodora Gaïtas and Seventh Judicial District Chief Judge Sarah Hennesy will join the court as associate justices.

Bios in brief: Gaïtas has served on the Minnesota Court of Appeals since 2020, when Walz elevated her to that post. She serves as co-chair of a forum that promotes collaboration between state and tribal courts and co-chair of the Court of Appeals' Equal Justice Committee.

  • Hennesy was appointed to the Seventh Judicial District in St. Cloud by former DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in 2012. The former public defender and criminal defense attorney also once served as a staff attorney at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid in St. Cloud.

Zoom in: Walz, first elected in 2018, has now named a majority of justices to the court, as MPR News notes.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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