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Welte nominated to U.S. District Court judgeship

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has nominated former Grand Forks County State's Attorney Peter Welte to serve as the U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota.

Welte is an attorney and small grains farmer. He has written a column for Agweek called Law on the Farm since 2015.

Welte is currently in private practice, with an emphasis on 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.

“Peter has shown strong dedication to serving the public, both in his professional life and as a member of his community,” Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said. “He has shown a commitment to the rule of law, which will serve him well in this position. We appreciate his work over the years and look forward to advancing his nomination through the Senate.”

“President Trump has made an excellent choice in selecting Peter Welte for this judicial vacancy,” Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., said. “As a farmer, a graduate of both UND and NDSU, and an accomplished lawyer, Welte has the right background and credentials to effectively serve North Dakotans from the federal bench, and I urge my colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee to take up his nomination quickly.”

“Peter has proven himself to be a highly capable litigator, passionate public servant and tireless advocate dedicated to the rule of law throughout his career as a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney and law school instructor,” North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said. “His broad professional experience and devoted service to the community make him a wonderful choice for this position, and we urge his confirmation in the Senate.”

Welte is being nominated to the U.S. District Court to fill the vacancy left by Judge Ralph Erickson, who was nominated and confirmed to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals last year.