Sandy Keith

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Alexander MacDonald Keith
Chief Justice of the
Minnesota Supreme Court
In office
December 1, 1990 – January 29, 1998
Appointed byRudy Perpich
Preceded byPeter S. Popovich
Succeeded byKathleen A. Blatz
Associate Justice of the
Minnesota Supreme Court
In office
February 1, 1989 – December 1, 1990
Appointed byRudy Perpich
37th Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
In office
January 8, 1963 – January 2, 1967
GovernorKarl Rolvaag
Preceded byKarl Rolvaag
Succeeded byJames B. Goetz
Member of the Minnesota Senate
from the 4th district
In office
January 6, 1959 – January 7, 1963
Preceded byWalter Burdick
Succeeded byHarold G. Krieger
Personal details
Born (1928-11-22) November 22, 1928 (age 90)
Rochester, Minnesota
Political partyDemocratic-Farmer-Labor Party
Spouse(s)Marion E. Sanford
Alma materAmherst College
Yale Law School

Alexander MacDonald "Sandy" Keith (born November 22, 1928) is a Minnesota lawyer who served as a state senator, the 37th Lieutenant Governor, and an associate justice and chief justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Early life[edit]

Keith was born in Rochester, Minnesota to Norman M. Keith and Edna (Alexander) Keith. His father was a physician who practiced medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He married Marion E. Sanford April 29, 1955. Keith graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1950, and from Yale Law School in 1953. He then served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.


After returning to his hometown of Rochester, Minnesota, Keith took a job as counsel with the Mayo Clinic, where he worked with future U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Harry Blackmun. In 1959, he was elected to the Minnesota State Senate as a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL). During his tenure as a State Senator, Keith served as a delegate to the 1960 Democratic National Convention. He was Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota under Governor Karl Rolvaag from 1963 until 1967. He challenged Rolvaag for the nomination to be the DFL's candidate for governor in the 1966 general election, but was defeated by Rolvaag in the primary election. In 1989, Keith began serving as a justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He became Chief Justice in 1990 and served in that capacity until 1998.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Karl Rolvaag
Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota
Succeeded by
James B. Goetz
Legal offices
Preceded by
Peter S. Popovich
Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court
Succeeded by
Kathleen A. Blatz
Party political offices
Preceded by
Karl Rolvaag
Endorsed Gubernatorial Candidate,
Minnesota DFL State Convention

Succeeded by
Wendell Anderson