Kathleen A. Blatz

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Kathleen Ann Blatz
Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
In office
Appointed by Arne Carlson
Preceded by Alexander M. Keith
Succeeded by Russell A. Anderson
Personal details
Born (1954-07-22) July 22, 1954 (age 63)
Bloomington, Minnesota
Nationality American
Spouse(s) Wheelock Whitney, Jr.
Father Jerome Blatz

Kathleen Ann Blatz (born July 22, 1954) is a former Minnesota judge and politician. She currently serves as the interim chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which governs the U.S. Bank Stadium.[1]

Blatz was born in Minneapolis to Kay and Jerome Blatz. She attended high school at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, Minnesota, and received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. Blatz received degrees from the University of Minnesota Law School and the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.[2]

Blatz served in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1979 to 1994.[3] She was appointed a Hennepin County district court judge in 1994, associate justice of Minnesota Supreme Court on November 1, 1996, and Chief Justice on January 29, 1998. She retired from the court on January 10, 2006, and was succeeded as Chief Justice by Russell A. Anderson.[4] Since 2006, she has served as a director/trustee on the Columbia RiverSource Boards.[5]

Blatz is the daughter of Kay and Jerome Blatz.[6] She currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


  1. ^ Nelson, Tim (February 23, 2017). "Dayton taps Blatz as interim stadium authority chief". Minnesota Public Radio. St. Paul, Minnesota. Retrieved February 23, 2017. Gov. Mark Dayton Thursday tapped former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz to take over as interim chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. 
  2. ^ "Kathleen A. Blatz: U Awards & Honors". University of Minnesota. Archived from the original on 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  3. ^ Minnesota Legislators Past and Present-Kathleen Ann Blatz
  4. ^ "Biographies of Judges and Justices of the Minnesota Appellate Courts". Minnesota State Law Library. Archived from the original on 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  5. ^ Seligman Portfolios Inc. (2011), Riversources Variable Series Trust, Seligman Portfolios, Inc. Combined Proxy Statement 
  6. ^ Hoppin, Jason (2009-08-24). "Obituary Jerome Blatz, 85". St. Paul Pioneer Press. St. Paul, Minnesota. Retrieved 2015-07-06. 
Legal offices
Preceded by
Alexander M. Keith
Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Russell A. Anderson