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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.

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