Minnesota Justice Wright recommended for U.S. District judgeship

Wilhelmina (Mimi) Wright, the Minnesota Supreme Court justice who has a ton of judicial experience in the state, is on the fast track to a U.S. District judgeship.

U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar are recommending the nomination of Wright to replace Chief Judge Michael J. Davis, who moves to senior status this summer.

Wright was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2012. She’d been  on the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 2002-2012. Before that, she was a Ramsey County District judge.

Before being appointed a judge, she’d been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Minnesota, working on economic fraud and violent crime cases. She has a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Said Klobuchar: “She’s the total package – her breadth of experience, deep legal knowledge and strong character make her highly qualified for the position.”Franken said: “Her background as a public servant, from the Minnesota courts to the federal level, provides her a thorough understanding of our legal system that will truly benefit our state.”

Gov. Mark Dayton, who appointed Wright to the state Supreme Court, is on board, too, saying in a statement: “I am greatly impressed with her character, her longstanding commitment to public service, and her exceptional judgment. Justice Wright has served the people of Minnesota with great distinction as a member of the Supreme Court, and I am proud to support her recommendation for Federal District Court Judge.”

 A Judicial Selection Committee co-chaired by former U.S. Attorney Thomas Heffelfinger, recommended Wright to the senators, after interviewing candidates.

The president formally nominates federal judges and the full U.S. Senate confirms them.

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