Hoeven: Judge Ralph Erickson Exceptionally Qualified to Serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

Senator Introduces Erickson at Judiciary Committee Hearing, Presses for Confirmation

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today introduced United States District Judge Ralph Erickson, who has been nominated to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, at a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Hoeven said that throughout Judge Erickson’s 23-year judicial career he has shown a deep respect for the Constitution and upheld the rule of law. Hoeven urged the committee to approve Judge Erickson’s nomination and move it to the full Senate for confirmation. 

“A longtime North Dakotan, Judge Erickson has demonstrated a deep respect for the Constitution and the rule of law,” said Hoeven. “He is incredibly qualified to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. I am confident he will be an excellent addition to the second highest court in the United States and I encourage the committee to approve his nomination quickly.”  

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 a county judge.