Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 02:10 pm

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum released the following statement today after the U.S. Senate confirmed former Grand Forks County State’s Attorney Peter Welte to serve as a U.S. District Court judge for North Dakota. President Donald Trump announced Welte’s nomination in January.

“Congratulations to Peter Welte on his confirmation as a U.S. District Court judge for North Dakota,” Burgum said. “His exceptional skills as a litigator, his passion for public service and his unwavering commitment to the rule of law make him an excellent selection for a federal judgeship. He will serve the people of North Dakota and this great nation well. We thank President Trump for nominating Peter and are grateful to Senators Hoeven and Cramer for their efforts to secure his confirmation.”


Welte was a prosecutor in Grand Forks County from 1999 to 2015, serving as state’s attorney from 2003 to 2015. He currently is a shareholder in the Vogel Law Firm, where his practice focuses on criminal defense and agricultural law. Welte received his undergraduate degree in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University in 1989 and graduated with distinction in 1997 from the University of North Dakota School of Law, where he has served as an adjunct instructor.