Burgum Nominates Wrigley as North Dakota’s Next Attorney General, Following Stenehjem’s Death | News
Governor Doug Burgum on Tuesday nominated former U.S. Attorney and former Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrigley as Attorney General.
Wrigley, a Republican who launched his 2022 bid for attorney general in December, will succeed Wayne Stenehjem.
Stenehjem, 68, died suddenly on January 28 of cardiac arrest, weeks after announcing he would retire when his term expires at the end of this year. Wrigley will need to win a four-year term in November’s general election to continue serving beyond 2022.
Stenehjem held elected office for 46 years, including 24 years in the Legislative Assembly. He was North Dakota’s longest-serving attorney general, first elected in 2000.
Wrigley was sworn in Wednesday morning at the state Capitol to serve out the remainder of Stenehjem’s term, which ends Dec. 31.
“Having twice served as North Dakota’s Chief of Federal Law Enforcement heading the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Bismarck and Fargo, and six years as Lieutenant Governor, Drew Wrigley brings highly relevant state and federal experience to the role of Attorney General of North Dakota,” Burgum said. in a report. “He has an extensive knowledge of the law, extensive experience in public safety, and extensive experience at the intersections of local, state, and federal law enforcement.”
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Wrigley, 56, served as North Dakota’s top federal law enforcement official from 2001 to 2009 and again from 2019 to 2021. He served as lieutenant governor from 2010 to 2016, during Governor Jack’s tenure. Dalrymple.
Wrigley announced his campaign for attorney general on Dec. 30, shortly after Stenehjem announced he would be retiring. He is the only person to announce a campaign.
“I am deeply touched by the trust Governor Burgum has placed in me, and I pledge to work tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of North Dakota,” Wrigley said in a statement. “During my service, I will always keep in mind the outstanding work of my friend Wayne Stenehjem, and I will keep his memory close as we all navigate the journey ahead.”
Governor’s spokesman Mike Nowatzki declined to say who approached whom about the job, or whether Wrigley’s candidacy affected the governor’s decision, saying, “The governor’s statement about Drew’s qualifications speaks to ‘herself.”
Wrigley also referred the Tribune to the statement, but added that he and the governor “did not exchange a syllable” on the post until after Stenehjem’s funeral last Thursday. He did not immediately comment on whether he thought the position would give him an advantage in the countryside.
The attorney general is the third state-elected office in as many months to fall vacant and be filled by gubernatorial appointment.
Former state tax commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger resigned in November following an alcohol-related disturbance at a Bismarck hotel. Burgum appointed Civil Service Commissioner Brian Kroshus to the post. He has not yet taken a PSC appointment.
Democratic-NPL Chairman Patrick Hart in a statement criticized Wrigley’s record as an American lawyer and said: ‘It is apparent that Governor Burgum is more concerned about keeping the ‘Good Ol’ in place. “Boys Club” which he pledged to firmly dismantle. let the people decide who is best qualified to fill the office of Attorney General. »
No Democrat has announced an attorney general campaign.
The attorney general, secretary of state, tax commissioner and two PSC seats are among the statewide polls this year.
The Republicans’ state convention is set for April 1-2 in Bismarck, when delegates will approve candidates for state and congressional office.
The party is for the first time charging a fee to candidates seeking endorsements, including $2,500 for state executive office.
The Attorney General oversees a budget of $91.6 million over two years and 253 full-time staff. The annual salary for the position is $165,845.
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