Hoeven Statement on Nomination of Judge Ralph Erickson to Serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven released the following statement after President Donald Trump nominated United States District Judge Ralph Erickson to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

“Judge Erickson has served the people of North Dakota and the United States well on the U.S District Court and I support his nomination to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals,” said Hoeven. “Judge Erickson has tremendous experience having served for 23 years in various judicial positions from his start as a Magistrate judge to his current position on the U.S. District Court. Throughout his career, he has upheld the rule of law and shown deep respect for the Constitution. We look forward to moving his nomination through the Senate.”

“I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the people of the United States, and particularly North Dakota, as a judge over the past 23 years,” said Judge Erickson. “I am humbled and honored by the confidence that President Donald J. Trump has shown in me and if confirmed I will do my utmost to faithfully perform my duties as an appellate judge.”

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.