Governor Mark Dayton today announced his appointment of Paul Thissen to serve as the next Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Thissen will fill the vacancy created upon the United States Senate’s confirmation of the appointment of Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David R. Stras to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Thissen brings 25 years of legal experience to the Supreme Court and has devoted 16 years to public service in the Minnesota House of Representatives, including prior service as Speaker of the House. Thissen has worked to expand access to justice for all Minnesotans and has led an effort to train Minnesota lawyers to better serve Minnesotans with disabilities. He will be a strong addition to the bench.