House 1973-82 (District 42A); Senate 1983-88 (District 48)
Party when first elected: Nonpartisan Election-Democratic-Farmer-Labor Caucus
Date of Birth:
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Date of Death:
Reported Minority: None Reported
City of Residence (when first elected):
Occupation (when first elected):
St. Lawrence Seminary; Secondary; Graduate
St. Thomas College; B.A.; Political Science
William Mitchell College of Law; J.D.;
OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE
Hennepin County, Minnesota (County Agricultural Society Advisory Board);
19?? to 19??
Hennepin County, Minnesota (Hennepin Judiciary Committee);
19?? to 19??
United States Army Reserves (6 years);
19?? to 19??
Hennepin County, Minnesota (County Commissioner);
01/03/1989 to 19??
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Special Compensation Fund (Workers' Compensation Attorney);
1995 to 2010
10th Judicial District Court, Minnesota (District Court Judge);
01/2011 to 20??
Single (when first elected); Married (listed in 1981); Single (listed in 1983); Gail (first listed in 1987)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Victor N. Jude
Special Legislative Concerns: judiciary legislation, taxes.
Thaddeus "Tad" Jude was the youngest person elected to the Minnesota Legislature. When he was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1972 he was 20 years old and turned 21 in December before being sworn in to office in January 1973. (Members were required to be 21 at this time.) He replaced Carl Mario D'Aquila who was 22 when elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1946, the youngest known person elected to the Minnesota Legislature at that time. R. Carlisle Burdick, was 21 when he served in the 1856 Minnesota Territorial House of Representatives. He was the youngest known person to be elected to the Minnesota Territorial Legislative Assembly.
He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party endorsement for the United States House of Representatives in the 6th Congressional District in the 1992 election.
He announced that he was switching from the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party to the Independent Republican party in December 1992.
He ran unsuccessfully as the Independent Republican endorsed candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 6th Congressional District in the 1994 election.
He was a member of the Wright County Historical Society.
His grandfather, Bernard Jude, was Mayor of Maple Lake, Minnesota.
He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Church.
He announced his intention to run for Attorney General in the 2022 election on January 21, 2022.
Religion provided by the Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1977-78 and the Catholic Bulletin, 3/21/1975.