Chief Judge Paul T. Benshoof

Appointed April 4, 1997, by Governor Arne Carlson.  Elected in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016.  Current term expires Jan. 2023.


University of Minnesota Law School (J.D. cum laude 1978); Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota (B.A. magna cum laude with distinction 1974).


Member, Supreme Court Sentencing Forms Subcommittee (2004-present)

Beltrami County Lead Judge, Children's Justice Initiative (2003-present)

Member, Supreme Court Parental Cooperation Task Force (1998)

Shareholder, Benshoof & Klein, P.A., Bemidji, Minnesota (1978-97)

Minnesota State Board of Public Defense (Vice-chair 1992-97, Member 1988-97).


Bemidji Area Public Library Foundation (Chair and President 1989-93); Assistant Church Youth Director (1982-85); Board Member, Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce (1982-84); Assistant Scoutmaster (1978-82); President, Beltrami County Humane Society (1978-80); Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of Bemidji (2003-present).