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Judge Tracy Perzel


Appointed by Governor Mark Dayton on Jan. 2, 2019. Elected in 2020. Current term expires Jan. 2027.


  • Juris Doctor, University of Minnesota School of Law, Cum Laude
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, Magna Cum Laude

Past Employment:

  • Criminal Division Chief, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota
  • Senior Litigation Counsel, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota
  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Minnesota Attorney General
  • Assistant County Attorney, Kandiyohi County Attorney’s Office


  • National Association of Women Judges
  • Minnesota District Judges Foundation
  • Minnesota District Judges Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • First District Bar Association
  • Former member, Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Participant, First District Community Listening Session, Dakota County Event (February 2020)
  • Member, Dakota County Court Security Committee
  • Former, Frequent Speaker on local, state, and federal criminal justice issues
  • Volunteer, various community and non-profit organizations, including those dedicated to educating and raising healthy children, providing for worship, and feeding the hungry