The nomination for Peter Welte to become a U.S. District Court Judge for North Dakota was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.

Welte served as Grand Forks County State's Attorney for over a decade before joining Vogel Law, where he works in criminal defense and agricultural law. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., introduced Welte last month during a nomination hearing and pushed for his confirmation.

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Former Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley is also awaiting confirmation to serve as the state's U.S. Attorney. His nomination was approved through the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.

"Now that we've secured committee approval for both Peter's nomination to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge and Drew Wrigley to be U.S. Attorney, we'll work to move these nominations through the full Senate as soon as possible," Hoeven said. "These nominees are immensely qualified for these posts, and the Senate should confirm them."