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JASON RAVNSBORG

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Jason Ravnsborg

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg became the first constitutional officer to be impeached in all of South Dakota's history April 12, 2022, after the state's House of Representatives voted 36-31 in favor of two articles of impeachment.

He was impeached on one article for crimes in officer and another article for malfeasance in office.

The impeachment stems from a Sep. 12, 2020 crash in which Ravnsborg, while driving outside of his lane, struck and killed Joe Boever, a pedestrian walking down a highway at night, near Highmore, South Dakota.

Since the crash, Ravnsborg's driving history has revealed a multitude of tickets across jurisdictional lines, plus the fact that he has identified himself as the Attorney General, leading to warnings instead of citations.

The South Dakota Senate will meet June 21 for a two-day trial to determine if Ravnsborg's impeachment warrants removal from his office.

With Clay County State’s Attorney Alexis Tracy by his side, Vargo successfully argued against Ravnsborg and his counsel, Sioux Falls attorney Mike Butler and impeachment defense expert Ross Garber.
With no Democrats announcing their candidacy for the position, Jackley will advance through November’s general election, securing the seat for a January swearing-in.
Since Tuesday's trial, his photo and biography have been removed from the South Dakota Attorney General's website.
The removal of Ravnsborg will open the door for Gov. Kristi Noem to appoint a replacement until the next attorney general is sworn in in January 2023.

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Prosecutors hope to establish a pattern of Ravnsborg’s actions since the night of the crash as well as through the abuse of his title and position would leave lawmakers with no choice but to impeach.
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The decision was publicly announced just 11 days before the South Dakota Senate will meet as a Court of Impeachment to decide Ravnsborg's fate as attorney general for the remainder of his term.
Spencer Gosch lost an election bid to the Senate as Republicans are virtually assured a legislative stronghold following a primary that had one of South Dakota's largest turnouts for a non-presidential election cycle.

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Natvig, who serves as the director of the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, is running for the seat currently held by his boss, Jason Ravnsborg.
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Question of who will serve as the state’s chief law enforcement official hangs in the balance

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