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Senior Judge Thomas G. McCarthy
(retired 2014)

Sibley County


Appointed February 12, 1988. Elected 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008.

Retired July 10, 2014.

Appointed and assigned to serve statewide as Senior Judge from July 11, 2014, to June 30, 2015.


University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D. cum laude 1974); (University of Notre Dame Law School William J. Brennan, Jr. Scholar, 1971-74); University of St. Thomas (B.A. cum laude 1971).

Employment Background:

Sibley County Attorney (1979-88) (Elected 1978, 1982, 1986); Private Practice (1974-88); Winthrop City Attorney 1974-87).

Bar Admissions:

Minnesota Supreme Court (1974); Federal District Court, District of Minnesota (1975).

Professional Organizations:

Supreme Court Technology Planning Committee (1997-2004), Chair (2000-2004); Data Policy Board (CriMNet governing body) (2001-2005); Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS) Project Executive Sponsor (2000-2004); Assistant Chief Judge (1995-1999); Minnesota District Judges Association

Community Organizations:

Southeastern Minnesota Initiative Fund director (1992-95), President (1994).  Winthrop Lions (Melvin Jones Fellow). Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Minnesota Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, 2009-2010.

Additional Information:

Named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans by Minnesota Jaycees (1984). Community Outreach Award, Minnesota District Judges Association,1998.  Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments, 2000; Blandin Community Leadership Program, 1998; Blandin Academy for Advancing Community, 1999; Blandin Academy for Advancing Community II, 2001. Author of the blog, “Country Judge: Reflections on 25 Years on the District Court Bench,” at