Ralph R. Erickson

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Ralph Erickson
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Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Assumed office
October 12, 2017
Appointed by Donald Trump
Preceded by Kermit Edward Bye
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota
In office
November 1, 2009 – November 1, 2016
Preceded by Daniel L. Hovland
Succeeded by Daniel L. Hovland
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota
In office
March 14, 2003 – October 12, 2017
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Rodney Scott Webb
Succeeded by Vacant
Judge of the East Central Judicial District of North Dakota
In office
1995 – March 14, 2003
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Wade L. Webb
Personal details
Born Ralph Robert Erickson
(1959-04-28) April 28, 1959 (age 59)
Thief River Falls, Minnesota, U.S.
Education Jamestown College (BA)
University of North Dakota (JD)

Ralph Robert Erickson (born April 28, 1959) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, Erickson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Jamestown College in 1980 and a Juris Doctor from the University of North Dakota in 1984. He was in private practice in West Fargo, North Dakota, from 1984 to 1994. He was a magistrate judge for the Cass County Court, North Dakota from 1993 to 1994. He was a county judge for the Traill, Steele, Nelson & Griggs Counties Court, North Dakota in 1994. He was a state district judge for the East Central Judicial District Court, North Dakota from 1995 to 2003.

Federal judicial service[edit]

District Court service[edit]

On January 7, 2003, Erickson was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota vacated by Rodney Scott Webb. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 12, 2003, and received his commission on March 14, 2003. He served as chief judge from 2009–2016. His district court service was terminated on October 12, 2017, upon his elevation to the Court of Appeals.

Court of Appeals service[edit]

On June 7, 2017, President Trump nominated Erickson to serve as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, to the seat vacated by Judge Kermit Edward Bye, who took senior status on April 22, 2015. A hearing on his nomination before the Senate Judiciary Committee took place on July 25, 2017.[1][2] His nomination was reported out of committee by a vote of 20–0 on September 14, 2017.[3] He was confirmed in the United States Senate by a vote of 95–1 on September 28, 2017.[4] He received his commission on October 12, 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for July 25, 2017
  2. ^ Godoy, Jody (July 25, 2017). "8th Circ. Nominee Draws Line On Law, Personal Views". Law360. Retrieved July 27, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Results of Executive Business Meeting – September 14 , 2017" (PDF). U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Retrieved November 30, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Roll Call vote PN586". United States Senate. September 28, 2017. Retrieved September 28, 2017. 

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Legal offices
New seat Judge of the East Central Judicial District of North Dakota
1995–2003
Succeeded by
Wade L. Webb
Preceded by
Rodney Scott Webb
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota
2003–2017
Vacant
Preceded by
Daniel L. Hovland
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota
2009–2016
Succeeded by
Daniel L. Hovland
Preceded by
Kermit Edward Bye
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
2017–present
Incumbent