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Drew Wrigley, then North Dakota's lieutenant governor, meets with The Forum editorial board in 2016 in Fargo. Forum file photo

Wrigley nomination for US attorney in North Dakota takes step toward confirmation

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced the nomination of Drew Wrigley to become the U.S. attorney for North Dakota.

The committee moved Wrigley's nomination by voice vote on Thursday, Feb. 28, to the Senate floor for consideration. Wrigley, a former lieutenant governor for North Dakota, served as U.S. attorney in the state from 2001 to 2009. Chris Myers currently holds the post.

The nomination of Peter Welte to serve as a U.S. District judge in North Dakota was considered by the committee and is expected to be voted on next week. Welte served as the state's attorney for Grand Forks County from 2002 through 2015 and now is in private practice.

Welte would replace Judge Ralph Erickson, who was appointed to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

"Peter and Drew bring the right collection of experience, character and values to help ensure we maintain the rule of law and preserve public safety," Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said in a statement. "I will continue working to confirm Peter and Drew to their new posts as soon as possible."