Thursday marked Dale Sandstrom's last day on the bench as a Justice of the Supreme Court. He retires at the end of the year after 24 years on the Court. He is the seventh-longest-serving Justice since statehood.
Dale Sandstrom started in the State Capitol in July 1975 as an Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Allen I. Olson. When Olson was elected Governor in 1980, Sandstrom served as legal counsel for his transition, and then as a member of his Cabinet as State Securities Commissioner. In 1983, Olson appointed Sandstrom to fill a vacancy on the Public Service Commission. Sandstrom was elected to the Commission in 1984 and 1990.
In 1992, Sandstrom was elected to an unexpired term on the Supreme Court, taking office on Dec. 31. He was reelected to ten-year terms in 1996 and 2006.
With more than 33 years in elected statewide office, Justice Sandstrom is the seventh-longest-serving state official elected statewide since statehood. He has served more than 41 years in state public office, elected and appointed.
The Court heard its final oral arguments of the year in the contract case of Kauk v. Kauk and the drug case of State v. Ashby.
Justice-elect Jerod Tufte will succeed Sandstrom on Jan. 1.
Dec. 16, 2016