David Stras

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David Stras
Court Information:
Minnesota Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Position:   Place 4
Salary:  $152,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Tim Pawlenty
Active:   2010-2018
Preceded by:   Eric Magnuson
Past post:   Attorney in private practice
Past post 2:   Faculty, University of Minnesota Law School
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Kansas, 1995
Law School:   University of Kansas, 1999
Grad. School:   University of Kansas, 1999
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  Minnesota
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  August 14, 2012
Primary vote:  48.8%ApprovedA
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Election vote:  55.95%ApprovedA

David Stras is an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court by Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty in May of 2010.[1] His current term expires in 2018.


Stras received his B.A. in 1995, his M.B.A. in 1999 and his J.D. in 1999, all from the University of Kansas.[2]


Stras has clerked for two federal judges: Melvin Brunetti of the Ninth Circuit and Michael Luttig of the Fourth Circuit. He also clerked for Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States. He has practiced with the firms Faegre & Benson, LLP and Sidley, Austin, Brown, & Wood before he was appointed to the bench.

Stras has been a faculty member of the University of Minnesota Law School since 2004.[2]

Awards and associations


  • Member, Order of the Coif
  • Co-director, Institute for Law and Politics
  • Faculty adviser, Minnesota Law Review
  • Member, Executive Committee for the Litigation Practice Group
  • Member, Executive Committee for the Federalism and Separation of Powers Practice Group of the Federalist Society
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Bet Shalom Congregation[2]
  • Contributor, SCOTUS Blog[3]



Justice Stras defeated Tim Tingelstad in the November 6 general election, winning 55.95 percent of the vote. Another challenger, Alan Nelson, was defeated in the August 2012 primary.[4][5]

See also: Minnesota judicial elections, 2012

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Stras received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.96, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of -0.07 that justices received in Minnesota. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[6]

See also

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