Gildea and Stras sworn in as a member of the nation’s high court watches


The 22nd Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court was sworn in today at an event at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. Lorie Gildea took the oath of office this afternoon. She told the audience that she will work to increase funding for the state’s courts and will fight any efforts to politicize the courts.


Gildea made her comments as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas looked on. Thomas was present to swear in David Stras, the newest member of the state’s top court. Stas served as a clerk for Thomas.

I recorded all of the speeches. You can listen to them here:

Gildea speech:

Thomas speech:

Stras speech:

MPR’s Jeffrey Thompson took the photos.

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