Governor Doug Burgum appointed Jon J. Jensen to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner.
Jensen has been a District Judge in the Northeast Central Judicial District since 2013. He was in the private practice of law in North Dakota and Minnesota from 1990-2013.
Jensen grew up in North Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota. Jensen attended the University of North Dakota School of Law and graduated with distinction, receiving a Juris Doctor in 1990. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to the Hon. Ralph Erickstad, Chief Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court.
Jensen earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1987 from Minnesota State University Mankato.
Jensen was one of three finalists for the Supreme Court vacancy. The other finalists were South Central District Judge James S. Hill, and Northwest District Judge Robin A. Schmidt. Eleven attorneys initially applied for the position.
The judgeship retains Kapsner's unexpired term, which runs through Dec. 31, 2020. Under N.D. Const. Art. 6, § 13, Jensen will face election in 2020.