Barry Anderson

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Barry Anderson
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Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
Assumed office
October 13, 2004 (2004-10-13)
Appointed by Tim Pawlenty
Preceded by James Gilbert
Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals
In office
August 1998 (1998-08) – October 2004 (2004-10)
Appointed by Arne Carlson
Succeeded by Christopher Dietzen
Personal details
Born (1954-10-24) October 24, 1954 (age 63)
Mankato, Minnesota
Children 3
Alma mater Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A.)
University of Minnesota (J.D.)

Grant Barry Anderson (born October 24, 1954) is an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He is a former member of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Early life and education[edit]

Anderson was born on October 24, 1954, and grew up in Mankato, Minnesota. He is a 1976 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, receiving a B.A. magna cum laude, and a 1979 graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, receiving a J.D.[1]

Anderson was a general-practice lawyer first in Fairmont and then in Hutchinson, where he served as city attorney for over a decade. He is certified as a civil trial specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and is an experienced trial lawyer, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of cases.[2]


Anderson’s background includes service as chairman of the Board of Directors of Hutchinson Community Video Network, a local public-access television effort, two terms as President of the Hutchinson Rotary Club and a wide variety of other community activities. More recently he has served as a member of the Minnesota Valley YMCA Community Board of Directors, as a youth athletics coach, and as a national judge of the “We the People” high school civics competition. Anderson is a frequent contributor to continuing legal education efforts and has lectured on the use of expert witnesses and similar topics. He also serves on the Judicial Council, the statewide governing board for the Minnesota Judicial Branch.[2]

Anderson served on the Minnesota Court of Appeals from August 1998 until 2004. He was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court by Governor Tim Pawlenty in 2004, beginning October 13, 2004.[2] In 2006, he was elected to a six-year term. Dean Barkley, who briefly served as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota in 2002 after the death of Paul Wellstone, ran against Anderson in the 2012 election. Anderson won reelection to another six-year term with 58.9% of the vote.[3]

Anderson has also served as the moderator of Pioneer Public Television's "Your Legislators" for over 20 years.[4]


  1. ^ "Biographies of the Justices of the Minnesota Supreme Court". Minnesota State Law Library. Archived from the original on January 5, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Associate Justice G. Barry Anderson". Minnesota Judicial Branch. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Results for All Judicial Races". Minnesota Secretary of State. Archived from the original on May 27, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Your Legislators". Pioneer Public Television. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 

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