Senator Heidi Heitkamp United States Senator for North Dakota

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today issued the following statement after the President nominated United States District Judge Ralph Erickson to serve on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Judge Erickson has proven through his decades of experience, record of impartiality, and devotion to his work that he is a judicious and thoughtful lawyer who continues to follow the rule of law,” said Heitkamp. “I have known Judge Erickson for many years and he has a reputation for fairness and independence, and is highly respected by members of the North Dakota bar – and I look forward to supporting his nomination in the U.S. Senate.”

Judge Erickson was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota where he served as Chief Judge from 2010-2016. His prior experience including serving as a state district judge for the East Central Judicial District, a Magistrate judge for Cass County Court, and a county judge for the Traill, Steele, Nelson and Griggs Counties Court. He graduated from the University of Jamestown and the University of North Dakota Law School.

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