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Judge Jane Ranum

Hennepin County

Family Justice Center
Phone: (612)348-6734

Chambers Phone: 612-543-1270

Chambers Email: Email Chambers Staff

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Elected in Nov. 2008. Term expires Jan. 2015.


East Carolina University, B.S. 1969

Hamline University School of Law,  J.D. 1979


Elementary School Teacher (1969-1976)

  • Durham County Schools, Durham, N.C.
  • US Department of Defense Schools, Baumholder, Germany
  • District 196, Apple Valley, MN

Fourth Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable William S. Posten (1982)

Assistant Hennepin County Attorney (1982-Dec. 2008)

  • Prosecuted adults and juveniles charged with crimes of violence, property, and illegal drug selling and possession.
  • Handled child support enforcement, paternity, child protection and mental health commitment cases.
  • Senior Attorney, Drug Prosecution Team, and member of New Model Drug Court Team (2006-2008)

Minnesota State Senator (elected to five terms, 1991-2006)

  • Chaired four major Senate Committees: Judiciary, Crime Prevention, State Government Budget, Public Safety Budget

Professional and Community Activities:

Member of Minnesota Women Lawyers (1980-present)

Member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church (1986-present)

PEACE Foundation Board (2004-2006)

Member of Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Chemical Dependency (2005-2006)

Member of Minnesota Supreme Court Task Force on Juvenile Justice (1993-1994)

Chair of the Minneapolis Quality Education Coalition (1987)

Steering Committee member and co-founder of Minnesota Women’s Consortium (1980-1982)

Former member; University of Minnesota Consortium for Children, Youth and Families

Former member, Advisory Board of Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse

Honors and Awards:

Pro Bono Public Award, Minnesota Legal Services Coalition

Public Service Award, Minnesota County Attorney’s Association

Top 5 Senators, St. Paul Legal Ledger

Pacer Center Leadership Award

Minnesota Parent Magazine Family Advocate Award

East Carolina University Centennial Legacy Leader Awards

ARC Minnesota Legislator of the Year Award

Public Citizen of the Year, National Association of Social Workers, Minnesota Chapter

Women Candidate Development Coalition Award

Assignment History:

Family, Oct. 2010 - present
Criminal, Jan. 2009 - Sep. 2010


Married with one child