In a released statement from The White House, President Barack Obama praised Lange for his “talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness” that Americans expect and deserve from their judges. Lange was nominated for the judgeship on Wednesday.

Lange, a partner in the Sioux Falls, S.D., firm Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP, received a unanimous well-qualified rating from the American Bar Association. Following his graduation from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1988, Lange served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Donald J. Porter in Pierre, S.D. He has worked at Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP, since 1989.

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