Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Judge James B. Florey to represent the Eighth Congressional District on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He will be replacing the Honorable Lawrence B. Stauber, who is retiring at the end of May.

“Judge Florey will bring his extensive experience, from 18 years as a District Court Judge, to the Minnesota Court of Appeals,” Dayton said. “He is a widely-respected jurist throughout Minnesota.”

Judge Florey is a District Court Judge in the Sixth Judicial District, where he has served as Chief Judge from 2006-2012 and Assistant Chief Judge from 2004-2006. Prior to his appointment, he was an Assistant St. Louis County Attorney for 15 years and a staff attorney at Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota. Judge Florey earned his B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and his J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.