Former Grand Forks County State’s Attorney Peter Welte has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota.
Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced the nomination Wednesday afternoon.
Welte would replace Judge Ralph Erickson, who was appointed to serve on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2018.
Welte is currently working for the Vogel Law Firm’s Grand Forks office in criminal defense and agricultural law. Up until 2015, Welte had served as state’s attorney for 13 years.
“Peter has shown strong dedication to serving the public, both in his professional life and as a member of his community,” Hoeven said in a statement on Wednesday. “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.”
He was a law student at the University of North Dakota in the late 1990s after obtaining an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University in 1989. He’s currently serving a second term on the Board of Governors of the State Bar Association of North Dakota.