Governor Dayton has appointed former U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Lillehaug served as Dayton’s attorney during the 2010 gubernatorial recount when Dayton defeated Republican Tom Emmer. Lillehaug also served as Dayton’s attorney during the 2011 state government shutdown.
Lillehaug has been linked to Democratic candidates and DFL causes over the past few decades but he says he’ll leave that behind when he’s sworn in as a justice in May.
“Like other lawyers who have joined this marvelous court, my life has changed for good,” Lillehaug said. “I will leave behind the world of advocacy and I will swear a solemn oath to be fair and impartial. I will swear to apply the law without fear or favor.”
Lillehaug replaces Justice Paul Anderson who is reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 in May.