The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will meet Thursday to discuss the nominations of Grand Forks attorney Peter Welte to serve as U.S. District Judge for North Dakota and former North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley to serve as U.S. Attorney for North Dakota.

Welte, who now works Vogel Law Firm in Grand Forks and was state's attorney for Grand Forks County from 2002 to 2015, was nominated by President Donald Trump in January.

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Wrigley was lieutenant governor from 2010 to 2016. He was also U.S. Attorney for North Dakota before that, from 2001 to 2009.

"Peter and Drew are two outstanding public servants who deserve bipartisan support from not only the Judiciary Committee, but the full Senate," said U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. "I've been working to advance both of these qualified nominees through the process. Tomorrow's committee meeting is another step in this process. We continue working to get them confirmed by the full Senate as soon as possible."

"Drew and Peter are excellent nominees whose outstanding credentials will once again win the support of my colleagues," said U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. "As they continue through the process, I'm pushing for reforms to the way we handle nominations. The proposed changes would help ensure qualified nominees like Drew and Peter can't be anonymously and unnecessarily held."