North Dakota Lt. Gov. and University of North Dakota alumnus Drew Wrigley will be the featured speaker at his alma mater’s spring commencement ceremony set for Saturday, May 11, at 1:30 p.m., in the Alerus Center.
Drew H. Wrigley was sworn in as North Dakota’s 37th lieutenant governor on Dec. 7, 2010. He was born in Bismarck and grew up in Fargo where his family founded and continues to operate a mechanical/industrial/environmental contracting company.
Wrigley graduated from Fargo South High School in 1984 and UND, where he studied economics and graduated with honors in 1988. In May 1991, he graduated from law school at American University in Washington, D.C. He then began a year-long judicial clerkship in Delaware. Next, he spent five years as an assistant prosecutor in Philadelphia.
Wrigley returned to Bismarck, in 1998, and served as deputy chief of staff for then Gov. John Hoeven from 2000-2001.
In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Wrigley to be the U.S. district attorney for North Dakota. In this capacity, he was responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes committed in the state. His most prominent case was the kidnapping and murder of UND student Dru Sjodin. Wrigley successfully prosecuted Alfonso Rodriguez, a repeat sex offender from Crookston, Minn., for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sjodin.
Wrigley served in a variety of national leadership roles for the Department of Justice during his tenure, including terms on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee under three successive U.S. Attorney Generals, John Ashcroft, Alberto Gonzales and Michael Mukasey.
In 2009, Wrigley stepped down as U.S. attorney to become vice president of a North Dakota-based Medicare/Medicaid contractor doing business across the United States.
As lieutenant governor, Wrigley serves as president of the North Dakota Senate, chairs the state investment board, leads the North Dakota Trade Office and is involved in a variety of boards and commissions as the governor’s representative.
Wrigley, his wife, Kathleen, and their three children live in Bismarck.
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