Minnesota Supreme Court Justice to step down after Parkinson's diagnosis

Associate Justice David Lillehaug will not seek re-election.
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Justice David Lillehaug

A Minnesota Supreme Court Justice has announced he will not seek re-election next year, after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

Associate Justice David L. Lillehaug says he will resign from the court effective July 31, 2020 following the diagnosis, with Lillehaug saying it's at an "early stage" and is being well managed.

"Even so, I’d like to have a more flexible schedule to work part-time," he added. "This will allow my wife and me to do more travel and the outdoor physical activities that we love.

"I look forward to the coming year on the Court. The opportunity to work with my colleagues for the people of Minnesota continues to be the greatest honor of my life.”

Lillehaug was elected to the Supreme Court in 2014, having been appointed to the position a year earlier by former Gov. Mark Dayton.

He is a graduate of Augustana College and Harvard Law School, and his previous roles include being the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota between 1994 and 19978.

He was also an aide and executive assistant to Walter Mondale in 1983-84.

The Star Tribune reports that Lillehaug's decision to vacate his position will mean it'll have to be filled by Gov. Tim Walz. Whoever he chooses for the role will get to serve two years before having to run for re-election.

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