Drew Wrigley

Drew Wrigley
37th Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
Assumed office
December 7, 2010
Governor Jack Dalrymple
Preceded by Jack Dalrymple
Succeeded by Brent Sanford (elect)
Personal details
Born Drew Howard Wrigley
(1965-10-10) October 10, 1965
Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kathleen
Alma mater University of North Dakota (BA)
American University (JD)

Drew Howard Wrigley (born October 10, 1965) is the 37th and current Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota. He was appointed by Governor Jack Dalrymple on December 7, 2010. Wrigley previously served as United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota (2001–2009), as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor John Hoeven (2000), and as Executive Director of the North Dakota Republican Party.[1]

Education and early career

A native of Bismarck, North Dakota, Wrigley grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, where he graduated from Fargo South High School; he is a fourth-generation North Dakotan, with roots in Burke County and Walsh County.[2] He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics. Wrigley was an active member of Phi Delta Theta during his time at UND. He completed his Juris Doctor at American University in Washington, DC. After law school, he served as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, PA before returning to North Dakota.[1]

U.S. Attorney

In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Wrigley to be the United States District Attorney for North Dakota. In this capacity, he was responsible for prosecuting all federal crimes committed in the state. His most famous case was the Dru Sjodin kidnapping and murder. Wrigley successfully prosecuted Alfonso Rodriguez, a repeat sex offender from Crookston, Minnesota, for the kidnap, rape, and murder of Sjodin (he was sentenced to death on September 22, 2006).

Lieutenant Governor


On November 4, 2010, then-Lt. Governor Dalrymple designated Wrigley as his successor once his transition of the governor's office was completed (then-Governor John Hoeven had just been elected to the U.S. Senate).[1] Wrigley was sworn into office on December 7, 2010, following the swearing in of Governor Dalrymple.


Wrigley’s responsibilities as Lt. Governor include presiding over the State Senate, overseeing legislative relations, formulating the state budget, and agri-business development.


Wrigley lives in Bismarck with his wife Kathleen and their children. On September 1, 2015, Wrigley admitted that he had been having an extra-marital affair.[3] Wrigley and his wife held a joint press event where they announced they are working to save their marriage, and that he was still considering a run for Governor in 2016. Governor Jack Dalrymple had announced the previous week that he would not seek re-election. On September 28, 2015, Wrigley announced that he would not seek the office of Governor in 2016.[4]


  1. 1 2 3 "Dalrymple names Drew Wrigley as next lieutenant governor". The Bismarck Tribune. November 4, 2010. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  2. "Dalrymple to name Wrigley Lieutenant Governor". November 4, 2010. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2010.
  3. Port, Rob (September 1, 2015). "'I Was Unfaithful:' Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley Acknowledges Extra-Marital Affair, Says He's Still Deciding On 2016 Campaign". SayAnythingBlog. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  4. Nowatzki, Mike (September 28, 2015). "North Dakota Lt. Gov. Wrigley won't run for governor". The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Dalrymple
Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota
Succeeded by
Brent Sanford
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