Deborah Hedlund

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Deborah Hedlund
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Court Information:
Minnesota Fourth Judicial District
Title:   Senior Judge
Active:   2013
Past position:   Judge, Minnesota Fourth Judicial District
Past term:   1980-2013
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Kansas University, 1969
Law School:   University of Minnesota Law School, 1972

Deborah Hedlund was a judge for the Fourth Judicial District in Minnesota. She retired from this position on January 3, 2013, after which she was appointed to serve as a senior judge from January 22, 2013 to June 30, 2013.[1]


Judge Hedlund earned her B.S. degree from Kansas University in 1969 and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1972.[1]


  • 2013: Senior judge, Minnesota 4th Judicial District
  • 1997-Present: Adjunct professor, Northwestern College
  • 1980-2013: Judge, Minnesota 4th Judicial District
    • 2012-2013: Civil
    • 2008-2012: Civil & Criminal
    • 2005-2007: Family
    • 2000-2005: Civil Block
    • 1987-2000: Civil & Criminal
    • 1986-1987: Family
    • 1980-1987: Criminal
  • 1974-1980: Attorney, Minnetonka City Attorney's Office
  • 1974: General Counsel, Kimberly-Clark
  • 1972-1974: Assistant public defender, Minnesota 4th District Public Defender's Office
  • 1970-1971: Law clerk (for Minnesota Pollution Control Agency), Minnesota Attorney General's Office
  • 1968-1969: Teacher, Kansas City Missouri Schools[2]

2008 election

Hedlund was a candidate on the November 4, 2008 ballot for the Minnesota Supreme Court. The race was for a six-year term on the court. In the contest for seat 4, incumbent Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea garnered 55 percent of the vote and defeated Hedlund, who received 45 percent of the vote.[3]

Candidate IncumbentElection %
Lorie Gildea ApprovedA Yes55%
Deborah Hedlund No44.5%
Richard Gallo No
Jill Clark No


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