Schneider confirmed as next U.S. attorney for North Dakota

The Fargo lawyer and Democratic politician was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

McLain “Mac” Schneider was confirmed as the next U.S. attorney for North Dakota on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in a unanimous decision by the U.S. Senate.
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FARGO — A Fargo lawyer and Democratic politician will be North Dakota’s next U.S. attorney.

McLain “Mac” Schneider was confirmed on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in a unanimous decision by the U.S. Senate and will lead the U.S. Attorney's Office in the state.

“We welcome Mac Schneider to his new role as U.S. Attorney and wish him the best as he takes on this important job for the people of North Dakota,” said U.S. Sen. John Hoeven.

North Dakota House Minority Leader Josh Boschee, D-Fargo, and former North Dakota Senate Minority Leader Joan Heckaman wrote a letter to President Joe Biden recommending Mac Schneider for the position in March 2021.

“I’m so proud of my friend, Mac," Boschee said. "I know he’ll continue the legacy of justice and fairness that runs through his family’s strong history of service to North Dakota."


Biden officially nominated Schneider for the position in September of 2022. Both U.S. Sens. Kevin Cramer and Hoeven, Republicans from North Dakota, said in September that they planned to vote to approve Schneider's nomination.

Schneider, who played football at the University of North Dakota, represented Grand Forks in the North Dakota Senate from 2008 to 2016 and was the Senate minority leader for the Democratic Party starting in 2013. He lost to Republican Kelly Armstrong in the 2018 U.S. House of Representatives race.

Armstrong's office said in September that he supports Schneider's nomination for U.S. attorney.

Schneider’s law firm in Fargo takes cases on Social Security disabilities, workers’ compensation in Minnesota and personal injuries.

Mark Schneider, Schneider's father, was also a Fargo lawyer and prominent Democratic-NPL Party leader. He died this year on Nov. 8 — Election Day .

Schneider takes over for acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Puhl, the first woman to lead the North Dakota office.

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