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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:  None
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:  $97,928
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other South Dakota Executive Offices
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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.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Marty J. Jackley (R). He has served in this position since September 4, 2009. Jackley was appointed by Gov. Mike Rounds (R) on August 14, 2009.


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 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.

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.


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 the State 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.[1]


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

The budget for the Attorney General's office in Fiscal Year 2013 was $21,498,844.[2]


In 2010, the Attorney General of South Dakota was paid an estimated $97,928 according to the Council of State Governments.[3]

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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

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