Jon Jensen likes the courtroom.
That's a good trait for the new chief justice of North Dakota's Supreme Court.
Jensen on Wednesday succeeded Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle, who will remain on the court but stepped back after 27 years as chief due to declining energy. The state's judiciary in December elected Jensen as chief justice to lead the state's high court for the next five years. A ceremony is set this morning to mark the transition.
Jensen said that from his career in private practice in Grand Forks to his years as a judge for the Northeast Central Judicial District, he has admired the quality of the state's court system and the roles he's been able to have as an advocate for clients and as a judge helping find "the solution."