Burgum issues statement on nomination of Drew Wrigley to be U.S. attorney for North Dakota

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:30pm

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after President Donald Trump announced the nomination of former North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota.

"With eight years of experience as U.S. attorney for North Dakota already on his resumé, Drew Wrigley is abundantly qualified to return to this important role,” Burgum said. “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 for five years as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and his law degree from the American University Washington College of Law.