February 23, 2021
PIERRE, S.D.–Governor Kristi Noem today joined the call for South Dakota’s attorney general to resign from office.
The governor, through her press secretary, issued a two sentence statement that reads: “Now that the investigation has closed and charges have been filed, I believe the Attorney General should resign. I have reviewed the material we are releasing, starting today, and I encourage others to review it as well.”
Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was charged with three misdemeanors last week in connection with a September 2020 traffic crash on U.S. Highway 14 near Highmore. Ravnsborg struck a pedestrian, 55 year-old Joseph Boever, killing him.
Toxicology tests showed Ravnsborg was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which prosecutors used in making their charging decision.
Ravnsborg is facing mounting pressure to resign from office. If he does not, he could face an impeachment trial in the South Dakota Senate.
If Ravnsborg resigns or is impeached, Governor Noem would appoint his successor.