Hoeven Introduces Jennifer Puhl at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Puhl Nominated For Seat on 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today introduced Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Puhl, who has been nominated to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Hoeven encouraged the committee to approve Puhl’s nomination and said she is well qualified for the position.

“Jennifer Puhl is well qualified to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and we support her nomination,” said Hoeven. “As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, she has focused on prosecuting crimes involving child exploitation, sex offender registration, human trafficking and crimes on the Indian reservations. Puhl has a reputation for being nonpartisan and enjoys broad support on both sides of the aisle. I encourage the committee to recommend her for confirmation to the 8th Circuit.”

Puhl has worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fargo for 14 years and has helped lead the office in the prosecution of Internet-based crimes. She also played a significant role in creating a coalition of prosecutors, law enforcement and non-governmental organizations to combat human trafficking.

Puhl has served as a federal prosecutor under two North Dakota U.S. attorneys, Drew Wrigley, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, and Timothy Purdon, who was appointed by President Barack Obama.

Her nomination is also supported by Lt. Governor Wrigley, who said, “Jennifer Puhl is an extraordinarily bright, hardworking and ethical attorney. She is diversely experienced and has a keen understanding of our civil and criminal court systems. Ms. Puhl has been an outstanding Assistant United States Attorney and she will set an exceptionally high standard for judicial temperament, humility, skill, and preparedness.”