Wrigley has strong support to become U.S. attorney again

Former Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley would return to his earlier job as U.S. Attorney for North Dakota if confirmed by the Senate. President Trump announced Wrigley’s nomination on Thursday.

Gov. Doug Burgum and the N.D. congressional delegation released comments on Wrigley’s nomination.

“With eight years of experience as U.S. attorney for North Dakota already on his resume, Drew Wrigley is abundantly qualified to return to this important role,” said Burgum. “His experience and leadership on efforts to fight violent crime, large-scale narcotics trafficking, financial fraud and internet crimes against children will make him a highly effective U.S. attorney for all North Dakota citizens. We look forward to working with Drew to further strengthen our collaboration with federal partners on key issues including addiction, tribal relations and prison reform, and we urge the Senate to move expeditiously to confirm his nomination.”

Wrigley served as lieutenant governor of North Dakota from 2010 to 2016 under then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple and as U.S. Attorney for North Dakota from 2001 to 2009, having been appointed by President George W. Bush. During his tenure as U.S. attorney, he was appointed to the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee by three U.S. successive attorneys general. Earlier in his career, Wrigley served as a prosecuting attorney in the Office of the Fargo City Attorney and served for five years as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Dakota and his law degree from the American University Washington College of Law.

“Drew is well-qualified to serve as U.S. attorney for North Dakota, having already served in this position for nearly a decade,” said Sen. John Hoeven. “He has a strong record of investigating and prosecuting federal crimes in North Dakota and has helped provide justice for victims and their families during his prior service as U.S. attorney. We look forward to moving his nomination through the Senate as quickly as possible.”

“Thank you to Chris Myers, North Dakota’s current acting U.S. attorney, for his outstanding and continuing work to crack down on drug traffickers, violent crime, and those who abuse and exploit children in North Dakota. Now that Drew Wrigley has officially been nominated to the post, I look forward to his confirmation process moving forward in the U.S. Senate,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

“I congratulate Drew Wrigley on this appointment,” said Congressman Kevin Cramer. “He is a highly respected attorney with extensive experience in state and federal criminal prosecution. He will serve North Dakota very well in this critical position. I encourage the Senate to act quickly to approve his nomination,”