BISMARCK —Jon Jensen, chief justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court, announced Thursday, Feb. 20, that he's running to hang onto the seat he was appointed to in 2017.

Jensen was appointed to the court in August 2017 by Gov. Doug Burgum, and Jensen was elevated to the position of chief justice in January by a vote of the state's 52 district court judges and five supreme court justices.

"I am passionate about North Dakota and our judicial system," Jensen said in a statement announcing his candidacy. "I am grateful and honored by the vote of confidence my colleagues have provided to me in electing me to serve as the chief justice."

Before being appointed to the state Supreme Court, Jensen was a judge in the Northeast Central Judicial District in Grand Forks from 2013-2017.

He was originally appointed to the district court by then Gov. Jack Dalrymple, and he was elected to the position in 2016.