In Minnesota Supreme Court Justices are supposed to be elected. However, Minnesota’s Chief Justice hasn’t been election in the last 10 years. That’s because of the timing of the resignations of the last three Chief Justices. Governor Tim Pawlenty has appointed each of them and each of them resigned before they faced election.
There is a court challenge to allowing the Governor to appoint a new Chief Justice in the wake of Chief Justice Eric Magnuson’s resignation effective in June. The suit asks for voter intervention. The Minnesota Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case, but Governor Tim Pawlenty’s appointees on the court recused themselves from hearing the case.