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Attorney General of South Dakota

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South Dakota Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
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
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Marty J. Jackley
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  September 4, 2009
Compensation:  $103,892
Next election:  November 6, 2018
Last election:  November 4, 2014
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The Attorney General of South Dakota is an elected executive position in the South Dakota state government. As the state's chief legal officer, the attorney general has three major duties: help local and state law enforcement officials fight crime, represent state officials in legal manners and enforce consumer protection laws in the state. The attorney general is popularly elected every four years in the midterm elections and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms in office.

Current officeholder

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.[1]


The attorney general's office is established in Article 4, Section 7 of the South Dakota Constitution.

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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Article IV, Section 3 of the state constitution grants the governor the authority to fill, by appointment, any vacancy in the office of attorney general.


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[2]


South Dakota state government organizational chart

Article IV, Section 7 specifies that the offices of attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer and commissioner of school and public lands are to be elected every four years.


See also: South Dakota attorney general election, 2014

Republican incumbent Marty J. Jackley won re-election on November 4, 2014.

Attorney General of South Dakota, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMarty Jackley Incumbent 82% 208,848
     Libertarian Chad Haber 18% 45,856
Total Votes 254,704
Election Results via South Dakota Secretary of State.

Term limits

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.

Full history


The office of the attorney general is composed of seven divisions:

  • Appellate
  • Consumer Protection
  • Division of Criminal Investigation
  • Drug Prosecution Unit
  • Litigation
  • Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
  • Natural Resources

State budget

See also: South Dakota state budget and finances

The budget for the attorney general's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $21,498,844.[3]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

DocumentIcon.jpg 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.[4]


In 2014, the attorney general received a salary of $103,892, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2013, the attorney general was paid an estimated $100,876. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2010, the attorney general was paid an estimated $97,928 according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

Historical officeholders

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Former South Dakota Attorneys General
Name (Party) Years Served
Marty J. Jackley (R) 2009-Present
Larry Long (R) 2003-2009
Mark Barnett (R) 1991-2003
Roger Tellinghuisen (R) 1987-1991
Mark V. Meierhenry (R) 1979-1987
William J. Janklow (R) 1975-1979
Kermit A. Sande (D) 1973-1975
Gordon J. Mydland (R) 1969-1973
Frank L. Farrar (R) 1963-1969
A.C. Miller (R) 1961-1963
Parnell J. Donahue (D) 1959-1961
Phil Saunders (R) 1955-1959
Ralph A. Dunham (R) 1951-1955
Sigurd Anderson (R) 1947-1951
George T. Mickelson (R) 1943-1947
Leo A. Temmey (R) 1939-1943
Clair Roddewig (D) 1937-1939
Walter Conway (R) 1933-1937
Merrell Q. Sharpe (R) 1929-1933
Buell F. Jones (R) 1923-1929
Byron S. Payne (R) 1919-1923
Clarence C. Caldwell (R) 1915-1919
Royal C. Johnson (R) 1911-1915
S.W. Clark (R) 1907-1911
Philo Hall (R) 1903-1907
A. W. Burtt (R) 1902-1903
John L. Pyle (R) 1899-1902
Melvin Grigsby (R) 1897-1899
Coe I. Crawford (R) 1893-1897
Robert Dollard (R) 1889-1893

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Contact information

Office of the Attorney General of South Dakota
1302 E Hwy 14
Suite 1
Pierre, SD 57501-8501

Phone: 605-773-3215
Toll Free Phone: 605-773-6585
Fax: 605-773-4106
E-mail: atghelp@state.sd.us

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