Yellowstone County District Court Judge Ingrid Gustafson has been appointed to the Montana Supreme Court.
Gov. Steve Bullock made the appointment late Thursday afternoon. Gustafson will replace Justice Michael Wheat, who is retiring at the end of this year.
Gustafson has been a district judge since January 2004, when she was appointed by Gov. Judy Martz. She won election to the seat in 2004, 2006 and 2012.
In 2011, she started the 13th Judicial District’s first felony drug court. She served as a member of the Montana Drug Court Strategic Planning Initiative from 2014-2016, evaluating drug court practices across the state and developed a strategic plan for using evidence-based practices.
She also developed a clinic, along with the Yellowstone Family Law Project and the State Pro Bono Coordinator, for self-represented litigants to complete dissolutions of marriage and parenting plans in a more accurate and efficient manner.
Gustafson earned a business degree in 1983 from Montana State University, where she was also a standout on the ski team. She was an All-American skier in 1983, and she was inducted into the MSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
She earned her JD from the University of Montana School of Law in 1987.
She was one of three people nominated by the Judicial Nomination Commission last month. The others were Chief Water Judge Russ McElyea and Helena attorney Mike Lamb.