FARGO - Sen. John Hoeven is backing former North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley to serve as the state's U.S. Attorney.

Hoeven spokesman Alex Finken confirmed Thursday, Feb. 22, that the Republican senator is encouraging President Donald Trump to nominate Wrigley.

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U.S. attorneys are appointed by the president, subject to Senate confirmation. North Dakota's current U.S. attorney, Chris Myers, has been in the role since 2015.

Wrigley was lieutenant governor from 2010 to 2016 and North Dakota's U.S. attorney from 2001 to 2009, gaining attention for prosecuting Alfonso Rodriguez for the murder of Dru Sjodin.

Finken also confirmed Thursday that Hoeven has recommended several possible successors to U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson, who has been appointed to serve on the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Finken, however, did not release the names of those possible successors.