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Jon J. Jensen (born 1965) is an American lawyer and judge, who is the chief justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court.[1] He previously served as a district court judge in North Dakota from 2013 to 2017.

Education and early career

Jensen was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, in 1965.[2] He graduated from East Grand Forks Senior High School.[3] Jensen completed a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1987, and a law degree at the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1990.[2][4] He clerked for North Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice Ralph J. Erickstad in 1990-91.[1]

Jensen was in private practice from 1991 to 2012 with the Grand Forks law firm Pearson Christensen, specializing in tax law and commercial litigation.[1] He and his wife Linda Bata then operated their own firm, Jensen Bata, in 2012-2013.[3] Jensen also taught trial advocacy as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Dakota School of Law, and occasionally served as a special assistant to the North Dakota Attorney General.[4]

Judicial service

The Governor of North Dakota Jack Dalrymple appointed Jensen as a state judge in November 2013, serving in the Northeast Central Judicial District, which covers Grand Forks and Nelson counties.[5] Jensen served as presiding judge in 2015-2017.[1] He was re-elected unopposed to a new six-year term in 2016.[6]

In April 2017, North Dakota Supreme Court justice Carol Ronning Kapsner announced that she would retire from the court, effective from July 31, 2017.[7] A judicial nominating commission provided the Governor of North Dakota Doug Burgum with three names of possible replacements for the vacancy: Jensen, and two other state judges, James Hill and Robin Schmidt.[8] Governor Burgum announced that he had selected Jensen to replace Kapnser on July 12.[8]

Jensen was sworn in as a justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court on August 15, 2017.[1] He was elected chief justice on December 12, 2019.[9] His current term on the court expires on December 31, 2020, and he is eligible to run for re-election to a new ten-year term.[7]


  • "Limitations on Easements in North Dakota May Have Unintended Consequences for Qualified Conservation Easement Charitable Contributions," 87 N.D. Law Rev. 343 (2011).
  • "Reducing the Employment Tax Burden on Tenure Buyouts," 80 N.D. Law Rev. 11 (2004).
  • "Limiting Self-Employment Taxation of Actively Farming Landlords," 78 N.D. Law Rev. 101 (2002).
  • "Satisfaction of a Compelling Governmental Interest or Simply Two Convictions for the Price of One?" 69 N.D. Law Rev. 915 (1993).
  • "Fredericks v. Eide-Kirschman Ford: The Vehicle to Enforcing Tribal Court Civil Judgments," 68 N.D. Law Rev. 675 (1992).


  1. ^ a b c d e Hazzard, Andrew (August 14, 2017). "Grand Forks Judge Jon Jensen becomes state Supreme Court Justice". Grand Forks Herald. Grand Forks, ND. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Jon J. Jensen". North Dakota Supreme Court. State of North Dakota. 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Jon J. Jensen: Applicant for Supreme Court". North Dakota Courts. State of North Dakota. May 17, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Burgum Appoints Judge Jon Jensen to ND Supreme Court". Office of the Governor Doug Burgum. State of North Dakota. July 12, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  5. ^ "Dalrymple appoints Jon Jensen to Northeast Central Judicial District bench". North Dakota Courts. State of North Dakota. November 7, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Jaeger, Alvin (November 18, 2016). "Official Results General Election - November 8, 2016". North Dakota Voting Information and Central Election Systems. Secretary of State of North Dakota. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Smith, Nick (April 25, 2017). "Supreme Court Justice Carol Kapsner to resign in July". The Bismarck Tribune. Bismarck, ND. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Hageman, John (July 12, 2017). "Burgum appoints Grand Forks judge to Supreme Court". Grand Forks Herald. Grand Forks, ND. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  9. ^ Dura, Jack. "North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Jon Jensen is next chief justice". Bismarck Tribune. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
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Preceded by
Carol Ronning Kapsner
Associate Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court
Preceded by
Gerald W. VandeWalle
Chief Justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court
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