WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of longtime Agweek columnist Peter Welte to serve as the U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota.

Welte, who had a confirmation hearing in February, 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.

Since 2015, Welte has written a column called "Law on the Farm" for Agweek. To read some of his past columns, click here.


“Given his qualifications and strong record of upholding the rule of law, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Peter’s nomination today,” Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said. “Now that we’ve secured committee approval for both Peter’s nomination to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge and Drew Wrigley to be U.S. Attorney, we’ll work to move these nomination through the full Senate as soon as possible. These nominees are immensely qualified for these posts and the Senate should confirm them.”

Last week, the Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of former Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley to again serve as U.S. Attorney for North Dakota.