Lillehaug says he has Parkinson's, leaving Supreme Court

June 12, 2019 06:36 PM

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Lillehaug says he has Parkinson's disease and won't seek re-election next year.

Lillehaug said in a statement via the court that he expects to resign in July 2020.


Lillehaug said he has "loved" his six years on the court and had planned to stay on before he learned of his illness. He said the disease is "at an early stage" and he feels great.

"The opportunity to work with my colleagues for the people of Minnesota continues to be the greatest honor of my life,” Lillehaug said in his statement.

Lillehaug is a former U.S. attorney in Minnesota who was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994. He was appointed to the Minnesota high court in 2013.

Justice Lillehaug is one of 60,000 people in the U.S. to be diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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