Attorney General of South Dakota
|South Dakota Attorney General|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$21,498,844|
|Term limits:||Two consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||Four years|
|Authority:||South Dakota Constitution, Article 4, Section 7|
|Name:||Marty J. Jackley|
|Assumed office:||September 4, 2009|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other South Dakota Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Commissioner of School and Public Lands • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Vacancies
- 5 Duties
- 6 Elections
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
The current officeholder is Republican Marty J. Jackley. He has served in this position since September 4, 2009. Jackley was appointed by former Gov. Mike Rounds (R) on August 14, 2009, and won a full term as attorney general in the 2010 general election. Jackley was re-elected in 2014.
Article IV, Section 7:
|There shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the state at the general election of the Governor and every four years thereafter the following constitutional officers: attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, and commissioner of school and public lands, who shall severally hold their offices for a term of four years. Commencing with the 1992 general election, no person may be elected to more than two consecutive terms as attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, or commissioner of school and public lands.|
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The attorney general has a variety of duties:
- prosecuting and defending all actions in which the state has an interest, civil or criminal, in the Supreme Court, including all criminal appeals
- serving as legal advisor to the governor and other constitutional officers
- defending the laws and the constitution of South Dakota
- serving as legal advisor to many of the state's boards and agencies
- consulting with and advising state's attorneys, and in some circumstances providing assistance in prosecuting criminal cases
- issuing legal opinions upon the request of the governor, legislature or certain state and local officials
- investigating and prosecuting drug cases and major felonies, including such crimes as homicide, burglary and kidnapping
- protecting South Dakota consumers from scams and fraudulent activity
- investigating and prosecuting Medicaid fraud throughout the state
- operating the state forensic crime laboratory
|Attorney General of South Dakota, 2014|
|Republican||Marty Jackley Incumbent||82%||208,848|
|Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.|
Article IV, Section 7 also prevents any person from being elected to more than two consecutive terms as attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer or commissioner of school and public lands.
To view the electoral history dating back to 2002 for the office of South Dakota Attorney General, Click [show] to expand the section.
The office of the attorney general is composed of seven divisions:
- Consumer Protection
- Division of Criminal Investigation
- Drug Prosecution Unit
- Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
- Natural Resources
- See also: South Dakota state budget and finances
The budget for the attorney general's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $21,498,844.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
See statutes: SD Codified L § 3-8-2.1 (2014)
The attorney general's annual compensation is set by Title 3, Chapter 8, Section 2 (§ 3-8-2.1) of the South Dakota Codified Laws and it may not be raised or diminished effective during his term in office, pursuant to Article XII, Section 3 of the South Dakota Constitution.
As is the case for all of South Dakota's elected executives, the attorney general's base salary is subject to annual rate increases under the General Appropriations Act for each corresponding year.
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