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Jon J. Jensen

District Court Judge/Chief Justice

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Chief Justice Jensen was appointed as District Court Judge by Governor Jack Dalrymple in 2013 for the Northeast Judicial District located in Grand Forks, ND.  He was elected in 2016.  He was appointed by Governor Doug Burgum in 2017 to the North Dakota Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by Justice Carol Ronning Kapsner's retirement.  He was then elected by the North Dakota District Court Judges as Chief Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court on January 1, 2020.  

Born in 1965; Chief Justice Jensen is a native of Grand Forks, N.D. He graduated from Minnesota State University Mankato in 1987 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1990.  He was admitted to the N.D. Bar on October 23, 1990. 

He was in private legal practice in Grand Forks from 1991 until his judgeship in 2013.