Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment of David Lillehaug to the Minnesota Supreme Court Tuesday afternoon. Lillehaug, a former U.S. Attorney, will replace retiring Justice Paul Anderson.
Lillehaug has deep ties to government and politics as a DFLer; he served on the 1984 presidential campaign of Walter Mondale, he argued the 2009 recount trial in the Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman, as well as the 2010 recount after Dayton’s race against Tom Emmer, and represented the Dayton administration during the proceedings leading to government shutdown in 2011.
Speaking to the media at the announcement of his appointment, Lillehaug spoke of leaving behind a career of advocacy and political involvement for the honor of serving on the high court.
Lillehaug has twice been a candidate for the DFL endorsement for public office, for Attorney General in 1998 and U.S. Senate in 2000. He didn’t receive endorsement in either race. Lillehaug is Dayton’s second appointment to the Supreme Court, after the governor chose Justice Wilhelmina Wright in August 2012. Both Wright and Lillehaug will be on the ballot in the next general election, in November 2014.