Senate confirms Wilhelmina Wright as Federal District Court Judge

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U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken last week announced that the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Wilhelmina “Mimi” Wright as a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Minnesota. Currently serving on the Minnesota Supreme Court, Wright has over 25 years of legal experience and has served at all levels in the Minnesota courts system.

Wright was recommended to the senators by a bipartisan judicial selection advisory committee. Klobuchar and Franken formed the bipartisan advisory committee to review candidates and assist them in making a recommendation for the position. The Senate only confirmed 10 District Court Judges in 2015, making this confirmation a major bipartisan victory.

“The confirmation of Mimi Wright to be Federal District Court Judge is a major victory for Minnesota,” Klobuchar said. “She is a dedicated public servant with a distinguished career spanning all levels of the state and federal legal system. I fought hard for her confirmation, and I have no doubt she will serve Minnesota well.

“While many judicial nominees are languishing in the Senate, she has made it through the confirmation gauntlet. That is a tribute to her and those who supported her. I thank the Democratic and Republican Senators that voted for her after examining her record and seeing her strength and fairness during the hearing.”

“In her many years of public service, Mimi Wright has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the fair and just application of the law,” Franken said. “That’s why I’m so pleased both Republicans and Democrats were able to come together and confirm her as Federal District Court Judge for Minnesota.

“Over the past year, Senator Klobuchar and I have worked hard on Justice Wright’s nomination, and now that she’s confirmed, I’m confident she will do a great job in her new role. This is an important day for Minnesota and for our justice system.”

Wright was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 2012. She previously served on the Minnesota Court of Appeals from 2002-2012. Prior to this appointment, she served as a trial judge on the Ramsey County District Court.

Before joining the bench, Wright was an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Minnesota, where she represented the United States in complex economic fraud cases and violent crime cases. During her time as a federal prosecutor, she received the United States Department of Justice Director’s Award and the United States Department of Justice Special Achievement Award.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s office, Wright practiced with Hogan & Hartson, LLP in Washington, D.C. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1986 and her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1989.


This information was provided by the Minnesota Congressional Delegation.