Hoeven: Judge Ralph Erickson Unanimously Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee

Senator Continues Working to Move Confirmation through Full Senate

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that United States District Judge Ralph Erickson, who has been nominated to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today. Hoeven introduced Judge Erickson at the Judiciary Committee hearing in July and highlighted his strong record of upholding the rule of law. Hoeven urged the committee to approve Judge Erickson’s nomination and move it to the full Senate for confirmation. 

“The Senate Judiciary Committee has unanimously approved Judge Erickson’s nomination to serve on the 8th Circuit,” said Hoeven. “With a strong judicial record that shows his deep respect for the Constitution and the rule of law, Judge Erickson is an excellent choice for the second highest court in the United States. We expect his nomination to come before the full Senate soon and look forward to his confirmation.”  

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.