Hoeven: Full Senate Moving Forward on Nomination of Peter Welte as U.S. District Court Judge

Senator Has Worked to Advance Welte's Nomination with Senate Leadership

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Senate Majority Leader filed cloture on the nomination of Peter Welte to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota. In February, Hoeven introduced Welte at his confirmation hearing and has worked to move his nomination through the Senate.  

“This action by the Senate Majority Leader is an important step in helping to confirm Peter Welte for the vacancy in North Dakota’s federal court,” said Hoeven. “This is welcome progress, and we appreciate Leader McConnell for working with us to move this nomination through the Senate. Peter is well qualified to serve the people of North Dakota in this new role. We look forward to voting for his confirmation as soon as possible.”  

Welte has a broad range of legal experience both in the public and private sectors. He is in private practice, emphasizing in criminal defense and agricultural law, and also is serving a second term on the Board of Governors of the State Bar Association of North Dakota. From 2002 through 2015, Welte served as the State’s Attorney of Grand Forks County, the top prosecutor for the county. Welte received his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University in 1989 and graduated with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1997.