Noem appoints Crabtree to fill District 8 Senate vacancy
Gov. Kristi Noem appointed Casey Crabtree, of Madison, to the South Dakota State Senate on Friday, representing District 8.
It comes one day after outgoing State Sen. Jordan Youngberg announced his resignation from the seat to take a job in the South Dakota State Treasurer's office. District 8 includes Lake, Miner, Moody, and Sanborn counties.
Crabtree was already the current Republican nominee for the Senate in the general election and was unopposed. Professionally, he serves as director of economic development and governmental affairs at Heartland Consumers Power District in Madison.
“I thank Casey for accepting this appointment,” Noem said in a statement. “Casey has already shown his willingness to serve the people of his district and our state, and this appointment ensures that District 8 is fully represented over the coming months.
The governor’s appointment of Crabtree is effective immediately and will continue through the end of 2020.
“I am honored by Gov. Noem’s appointment and look forward to putting my experience to work for the people of District 8 and the great state of South Dakota,” Crabtree said in a statement. “I am grateful to Sen. Youngberg for his service to District 8 and the many positive things he was able to accomplish during his time in the legislature. I am eager to hit the ground running and serve to the best of my ability.”
Crabtree and his wife Ashley reside in Madison with their two children. In addition to his work at Heartland, Crabtree volunteers his time with the Dakota State University Trojan Athletic Club, various outdoor organizations, and the Lake County Republican Party, and he coaches his sons in youth baseball and football. He is also a graduate of Leadership South Dakota.