Hoeven: Judiciary Committee Recommends Jennifer Puhl for Seat on 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee has favorably reported out Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Puhl to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. At a committee hearing last month, Hoeven introduced Puhl to committee members and encouraged them to approve her nomination.

“Jennifer Puhl is well qualified to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and we’re pleased that the committee has favorably reviewed her,” 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 will continue to support her and work to get a full floor vote on her nomination.”

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.

She 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. Puhl’s nomination is supported by Lt. Governor Wrigley.