Hoeven: Judge Erickson's Confirmation Will Help Uphold Our Founding Principles & the Rule of Law

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced the U.S. Senate confirmation of Judge Ralph Erickson for the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to the confirmation vote, Hoeven outlined Erickson’s strong judicial record on the Senate floor. The senator introduced Judge Erickson at the Judiciary Committee hearing in July and worked consistently since that time to move Erickson’s confirmation through committee and the full Senate. 

“Judge Erickson has a distinguished record of service to our state and nation, which has aided him throughout this confirmation process,” said Hoeven. “We welcome him to his new role on the 8th Circuit and look forward to his continued work to uphold our founding principles in the Constitution and maintain the rule of law.”  

Judge Erickson is a graduate of Jamestown College and the University of North Dakota Law School. In 2003, he was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a United States District Judge for North Dakota. Erickson served as Chief Judge from 2010-2016. Prior to that, he served as a state district judge for the East Central Judicial District, as a Magistrate judge for Cass County Court and as a county judge.