Hoeven Statement on Tomorrow’s Judiciary Committee Meeting on Peter Welte and Drew Wrigley

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement in advance of a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting tomorrow on the nominations of Peter Welte to serve as the U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota and former Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley to again serve as U.S. Attorney for North Dakota. 

“Peter and Drew are two outstanding public servants who deserve bipartisan support from not only the Judiciary Committee, but the full Senate,” said Hoeven. “I’ve been working to advance both of these qualified nominees through the process. Tomorrow’s committee meeting is another step in this process. We continue working to get them confirmed by the full Senate as soon as possible.”


Welte, who Hoeven introduced at his confirmation hearing earlier this month, has a broad range of legal experience both in the public and private sectors. He is currently in private practice, emphasizing in criminal defense and agricultural law, and is also serving a second term on the Board of Governors of the State Bar Association of North Dakota. From 2002 through 2015, Welte served as the State’s Attorney of Grand Forks County, the top prosecutor for the county. Welte received his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University in 1989 and graduated with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1997. 


Wrigley served as Lt. Governor of North Dakota from 2010 to 2016. Prior to that, he served as U.S. Attorney for North Dakota from 2001 to 2009. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of North Dakota and is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law. Following law school, Wrigley served as a prosecuting attorney in the Office of the Fargo City Attorney and as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia from 1993 to 1998.