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Attorney General of South Dakota
US District Attorney Marty Jackley.png
Incumbent
Marty Jackley
Term length Four years
Formation 1889
First holder Robert Dollard

The Attorney General of South Dakota is the state Attorney General of the U.S. state of South Dakota. The Attorney General is the state's chief legal officer and is an executive position elected by the voters for a four-year term.

Structure of the office

The South Dakota Attorney General's Office represents and provides legal advice to agencies, boards, and commissions of the government of South Dakota. The Office represents the state in state and federal court, as well as in administrative adjudication and rulemaking hearings. The Office handles felony criminal appeals, advises local prosecutors in the conduct of criminal trials and handles cases at the request of local prosecutors. In addition, the Office issues formal opinions interpreting statutes for the agencies and political subdivisions of the state.

History

Within South Dakota, the Attorney General is often considered a stepping stone to the Office of Governor of South Dakota.[1] Attorney Generals Merrell Q. Sharpe, George Theodore Mickelson, Sigurd Anderson, Frank Farrar, and Bill Janklow have successfully been elected Governor of South Dakota. While other Attorney Generals, such as Roger Tellinghuisen, Mark Barnett, and Marty Jackley, have run unsuccessfully for the Governor's office.

List of attorneys general

Parties

  Democratic (3)   Republican (27)

No. Name Term of Office Political Party Law school
1 Robert Dollard 1889–1893 Republican Read law
2 Coe I. Crawford 1893–1897 Republican University of Iowa College of Law
3 Melvin Grigsby 1897–1899 Republican Read law
4 John L. Pyle 1899–1902 Republican Read law
5 Albert W. Burtt 1902–1903 Republican Read Law
6 Philo Hall 1903–1907 Republican Read law under J.O. Andrews
7 S. Wesley Clark 1907–1911 Republican Read law under Thomas Sterling
8 Royal C. Johnson 1911–1915 Republican University of South Dakota School of Law
9 Clarence C. Caldwell 1915–1919 Republican University of South Dakota School of Law
University of Chicago Law School (did not graduate)
10 Byron S. Payne 1919–1923 Republican University of Minnesota Law School
11 Buell F. Jones 1923–1929 Republican University of South Dakota School of Law
12 Merrell Q. Sharpe 1929–1933 Republican University of South Dakota School of Law
13 D. Walter Conway 1933–1937 Republican University of South Dakota School of Law
14 Clair Roddewig 1937–1939 Democratic Creighton University School of Law
15 Leo A. Temmey 1939–1943 Republican University of Minnesota Law School
16 George Theodore Mickelson 1943–1947 Republican University of South Dakota School of Law
17 Sigurd Anderson 1947–1951 Republican University of South Dakota School of Law
18 Ralph A. Dunham 1951–1955 Republican University of Iowa College of Law
19 Phil Saunders 1955–1959 Republican Northwestern University School of Law
20 Parnell J. Donahue 1959–1961 Democratic University of South Dakota School of Law
21 Albert C. Miller 1961–1963 Republican University of South Dakota School of Law
22 Frank Farrar 1963–1969 Republican University of South Dakota School of Law
23 Gordon J. Mydland 1969–1973 Republican University of South Dakota School of Law
24 Kermit A. Sande 1973–1975 Democratic University of South Dakota School of Law
25 Bill Janklow 1975–1979 Republican University of South Dakota School of Law
26 Mark V. Meierhenry 1979–1987 Republican University of South Dakota School of Law
27 Roger Tellinghuisen 1987–1991 Republican University of South Dakota School of Law
28 Mark Barnett 1991–2003 Republican University of South Dakota School of Law
29 Larry Long 2003–2009 Republican University of South Dakota School of Law
30 Marty Jackley 2009–present Republican University of South Dakota School of Law

See also

References

  1. ^ Nixon, Lance. "Many Paths to Governor". capjournal.com. Capitol Journal. 

External links

  • South Dakota Attorney General official website
  • South Dakota Attorney General articles at Legal Newsline Legal Journal
  • South Dakota Attorney General articles at ABA Journal
  • News and Commentary at FindLaw
  • South Dakota Codified Laws at Law.Justia.com
  • U.S. Supreme Court Opinions - "Cases with title containing: State of South Dakota" at FindLaw
  • State Bar of South Dakota
  • South Dakota Attorney General Marty J. Jackley profile at National Association of Attorneys General
  • Press releases at South Dakota Attorney General
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