|37th Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota|
December 7, 2010
|Preceded by||Jack Dalrymple|
|United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota|
|Born||Drew Howard Wrigley
1964/1965 (age 48–49)
Bismarck, North Dakota
|Alma mater||University of North Dakota (B.S.)
American University (JD)
Drew Howard Wrigley is the 37th and current Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota. He was appointed by Governor Jack Dalrymple on December 7, 2010. Wrigley previously served as United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota (2001–2009), as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor John Hoeven (2000), and as Executive Director of the North Dakota Republican Party.
Education and early career
A native of Bismarck, North Dakota, Wrigley grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, where he graduated from Fargo South High School; he is a fourth-generation North Dakotan, with roots in Burke County and Walsh County. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics. Wrigley was an active member of Phi Delta Theta during his time at UND. He completed his Juris Doctorate at American University in Washington, DC. After law school, he served as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, PA before returning to North Dakota.
In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Wrigley to be the United States District Attorney for North Dakota. In this capacity, he was responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes committed in the state. His most famous case was the Dru Sjodin kidnapping and murder. Wrigley successfully prosecuted Alfonso Rodriguez, a repeat sex offender from Crookston, Minnesota, for the kidnap, rape, and murder of Sjodin (he was sentenced to death on Sept. 22nd, 2006).
On Nov. 4th, 2010, then-Lt. Governor Dalrymple designated Wrigley as his successor once his transition of the governor's office was completed (then-Governor John Hoeven had just been elected to the U.S. Senate). Wrigley was sworn into office on Dec. 7th, 2010, following the swearing in of Governor Dalrymple.
Wrigley’s responsibilities as Lt. Governor include presiding over the State Senate, overseeing legislative relations, formulating the state budget, and agri-business development.
Wrigley lives in Bismarck with his wife Kathleen and children.
- "Dalrymple names Drew Wrigley as next lieutenant governor". Retrieved December 7, 2010.
- Dalrymple to name Wrigley Lieutenant Governor