Drew Wrigley

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Drew Wrigley
Drew Wrigley - official U.S. Attorney portrait.jpg
United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota
Assuming office
Pending Senate confirmation
PresidentDonald Trump
SucceedingTimothy Q. Purdon
In office
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byJohn T. Schneider[1]
Succeeded byTimothy Q. Purdon[2]
37th Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
In office
December 7, 2010 – December 15, 2016
GovernorJack Dalrymple
Preceded byJack Dalrymple
Succeeded byBrent Sanford
Personal details
Drew Howard Wrigley

(1965-10-10) October 10, 1965 (age 53)
Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of North Dakota, (BA)
American University, (JD)

Drew Howard Wrigley (born October 10, 1965) served as the 37th lieutenant governor of North Dakota, from 2010 to 2016. 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.[3] He has been nominated by President Donald Trump to become the United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota; if confirmed, it will be the second time he has held this position.

Education and early career[edit]

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.[4] Wrigley is an honors graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in economics and a minor in philosophy. Wrigley was an active member of Phi Delta Theta during college. He completed his Juris Doctor at American University in Washington, D.C., where he was active in student government, mentoring programs, and he interned for U.S. Senator Bob Dole. After law school, Wrigley served as a judicial law clerk in Delaware, after which he became an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, serving in that capacity for five years before returning to North Dakota.[3]

U.S. Attorney[edit]

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 September 22, 2006). In addition to personally leading the trial team in the trial that lead to Rodriguez's death sentence, Wrigley successfully argued the case before the Eighth Circuit Court Of Appeals, which upheld Rodriguez's conviction and death sentence.

On August 16, 2018, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Wrigley to be the U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota.[5] On August 27, 2018, his nomination was sent to the United States Senate.[6] His nomination was not acted upon during the 115th United States Congress. He was renominated in February 2019.[7] His nomination is currently pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Lieutenant Governor[edit]

On November 4, 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).[3] Wrigley was sworn into office on December 7, 2010, following the swearing in of Governor Dalrymple.

Dalrymple and Wrigley were elected to full terms in November 2012.

Wrigley's responsibilities as lieutenant governor include presiding over the state senate, overseeing legislative relations, formulating the state budget, and agri-business development.

Wrigley considered running in North Dakota's 2016 gubernatorial election, but ultimately decided not to.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Wrigley lives in Bismarck with his wife, Kathleen, and their three children. In 2015, Wrigley acknowledged having had an extramarital affair.[9]


  1. ^ https://www.congress.gov/nomination/107th-congress/1087?q=%7B"search"%3A%5B"Drew+Wrigley"%5D%7D&r=4
  2. ^ https://www.congress.gov/nomination/111th-congress/1438?q=%7B"search"%3A%5B"Drew+Wrigley"%5D%7D&r=2
  3. ^ a b c "Dalrymple names Drew Wrigley as next lieutenant governor". The Bismarck Tribune. November 4, 2010. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  4. ^ "Dalrymple to name Wrigley Lieutenant Governor". November 4, 2010. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  5. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Seventeenth Wave of United States Attorney Nominees and Twelfth Wave of United States Marshal Nominees", The White House, August 16, 2018 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^ "Nine Nominations Sent to the Senate Today", White House, August 27, 2018
  7. ^ "Trump re-nominates Wrigley to serve as U.S. attorney for North Dakota". Grand Forks Herald. February 12, 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  8. ^ Nowatzki, Mike (September 28, 2015). "Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley won't run for governor". Grand Forks Herald. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  9. ^ Nowatzki, Mike (September 1, 2015). "Lt. Gov. Wrigley admits affair, still weighing run for governor". Bismarck Tribune. Retrieved 27 December 2018.

External links[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
John T. Schneider
United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Timothy Q. Purdon
Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Dalrymple
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Brent Sanford