Drew Wrigley

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Drew Wrigley
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Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
In office
December 7, 2010 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 5
PredecessorJack Dalrymple (R)
Base salary$94,461
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Appointed byGov. Jack Dalrymple
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
North Dakota U.S. District Attorney
2001 - 2009
High schoolFargo South High School (1984)
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Dakota, Grand Rapids, 1988
J.D.American University, Washington, D.C. (1991)
Place of birthBismarck, North Dakota
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Drew Wrigley (b. Bismarck, North Dakota) is the 37th and current Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota. A Republican, he was appointed to the position by Governor Jack Dalrymple in late 2010 following the departure of elected governor John Hoeven. Hoeven was elected to fill an open U.S. Senate seat in 2010, and Dalrymple, as his lieutenant governor, became the Governor-designate.

On November 4, 2010, Dalrymple made Wrigley his Lieutenant Governor-designate.[1] Both Dalrymple and Wrigley were sworn in on December 7, 2010, although Wrigley had already been working on his transition since November 15, 2010. The pair ran for, and won, a full term on November 6, 2012, easily defeating Ryan Taylor and Ellen Chaffee.[2]

Prior to serving as lieutenant governor, Wrigley served as North Dakota's 17th United States Attorney from 2001-2009. From 2000-2001 he was Deputy Chief of Staff to then Governor Hoeven.[3]

In his role as Lieutenant Governor, Wrigley also serves as President of the Senate.


Wrigley is a native North Dakotan, born in Bismarck and raised in Fargo. His family owns a mechanical contracting company in the area, and has lived in the state for four generations. He left the state to earn a law degree in Washington D.C. and completed a one year clerkship in Delaware upon graduation. During summers as a law student, Wrigley returned to North Dakota and worked for Federal Judge Rodney Webb, for the U.S. Attorney's Office, and for the Solberg Law Firm.[4] After finishing his clerkship, he worked in Philadelphia as an assistant district attorney for five years before returning to North Dakota in 1998.

Prior to taking office as the Lieutenant Governor, Wrigley briefly served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Adviser to Governor Hoeven in 2000 and was elected as Chair of the North Dakota Republican Party He also spent nearly a decade, from 2001 until 2009, as the U.S. District Attorney for North Dakota. Wrigley left that position to become the Vice President for Compliance, Audit and Ethics for Noridian Administrative Services, a Medicare and Medicaid contracting service headquartered in North Dakota.


  • Fargo South High School, 1984
  • B.A., economics, University of North Dakota, Grand Rapids, 1988
  • J.D., American University, Washington, D.C., 1991

Political career

Lieutenant Governor (2010-present)

When North Dakota's then-Governor, John Hoeven, traded governorship for a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2010, his Lieutenant Governor, Jack Dalrymple, became the Governor-designate of North Dakota. In turn, Dalrymple named Drew Wrigley his Lieutenant Governor-designate on November 4, 2010.[5] Both Dalrymple and Wrigley were sworn in on December 7, 2010, after a nearly one month long transition period.

The Dalrymple/Wrigley Administration announced a renewed focus on building up infrastructure and on remaining attentive to fiscal restraint. Wrigley also was charged with developing agri-business and commerce in North Dakota. Additionally, he is the President of the North Dakota State Senate.



See also: North Dakota gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2012

Wrigley ran for election to a full, four-year term as the Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota in 2012. He ran on the Republican ticket with incumbent Gov. Jack Dalrymple. In the general election in November, defeated Democrats Ryan Taylor & Ellen Chaffee and Libertarian candidate Roland Riemers.[6][7]

Governor/Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack Dalrymple & Drew Wrigley Incumbent 63.1% 200,525
     Democratic Ryan Taylor & Ellen Chaffee 34.3% 109,048
     independent Paul Sorum & Michael Coachman 1.7% 5,356
     independent Roland Riemers & Anthony Johns 0.8% 2,618
Total Votes 317,547
Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State.

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Wrigley won re-election to the position of North Dakota Lieutenant Governor in 2012. During that election cycle, Wrigley raised a total of $3,593,179.


Wrigley and his wife, Kathleen, live in Fargo with their three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Dalrymple (R)
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
2010 - present
Succeeded by