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Judge Thomas G. McCarthy

Sibley County

Sibley County Courthouse
Phone: (507) 237-4051


Appointed February 12, 1988. Elected 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008. His current term expires in January 2015.


University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D. cum laude 1974); (University of Notre Dame Law School William J. Brennan, Jr. Scholar, 1971-74); University of St. Thomas (B.A. cum laude 1971).

Employment Background:

Sibley County Attorney (1979-88) (Elected 1978, 1982, 1986); Private Practice (1974-88); Winthrop City Attorney 1974-87).

Bar Admissions:

Minnesota Supreme Court (1974); Federal District Court, District of Minnesota (1975).

Professional Organizations:

Supreme Court Technology Planning Committee (1997-2004), Chair (2000-2004); Data Policy Board (CriMNet governing body) (2001-2005); Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS) Project Executive Sponsor (2000-2004); Assistant Chief Judge (1995-1999); Minnesota District Judges Association

Community Organizations:

Southeastern Minnesota Initiative Fund director (1992-95), President (1994).  Winthrop Lions (Melvin Jones Fellow). Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Minnesota Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, 2009-2010.

Additional Information:

Named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans by Minnesota Jaycees (1984). Community Outreach Award, Minnesota District Judges Association,1998.  Toll Fellow, Council of State Governments, 2000; Blandin Community Leadership Program, 1998; Blandin Academy for Advancing Community, 1999; Blandin Academy for Advancing Community II, 2001. Author of the blog, “Country Judge: Reflections on 25 Years on the District Court Bench,” at