Dennis Daugaard is the Governor of South Dakota. He was elected in 2010 and is a Republican. For a more extensive profile, visit: Dennis Daugaard on Ballotpedia.
In South Dakota, the governor makes a judicial appointment after candidates are recommended by a judicial nominating commission. After the governor appoints a judge to the Supreme Court, she or he must stand for retention in the next general election more than three years after taking office. Judges appointed to the circuit courts hold office until the end of the unexpired term.
The tables below list the governor's appointees to the courts across the state. These lists are updated automatically with new appointments.
|Cheryle Gering||South Dakota First Judicial Circuit||2011-2022||Attorney in private practice|
|Robert A. Mandel||South Dakota Seventh Judicial Circuit||2011-2022||Office of the U.S. Attorney General|
|Craig A. Pfeifle||South Dakota Seventh Judicial Circuit||2011-2022||Attorney in private practice|
|Patricia DeVaney||South Dakota Sixth Judicial Circuit||2012-2022||Assistant attorney general, Attorney General's Office|
|Mark Salter||South Dakota Second Judicial Circuit||2013-2022||Chief of Appellate Division, U.S. Attorney's Office|
|Patrick Smith||South Dakota First Judicial Circuit||10/2012-12/2022||State's attorney, Davison County|
|Gregory J. Stoltenburg||South Dakota Third Judicial Circuit||1/1/2013-2022||Attorney in private practice|
|Susan Sabers||South Dakota Second Judicial Circuit||1/2013-12/2022||Attorney/partner, Fuller & Sabers|
|Mike Day||South Dakota Fourth Judicial Circuit||7/2013-2022||Attorney, Day Morris Law Firm, LLP|
|Robert Gusinsky||South Dakota Seventh Judicial Circuit||2013-2022||Assistant United States attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office|
|Rick Sommers||South Dakota Fifth Judicial Circuit||1/2014-2022||Attorney in private practice|
|Jane Wipf Pfeifle||South Dakota Seventh Judicial Circuit||2015-2022||Shareholder, Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun|