Lawsuit pending against Senators who voted to suspend Frye-Mueller

February 24, 2023

PIERRE, S.D.–Almost a month after Senator Julie Frye-Mueller (pictured) of Rapid City was suspended from the State Senate, supporters are filing a lawsuit against those who voted to remove her.

That’s according to a criminal complaint provided by Sen. Tom Pischke of Dell Rapids, one of Frye-Mueller’s most ardent supporters during the senate proceedings against her.

Twenty seven state senators voted last month to suspend Frye-Mueller, after allegations of misconduct with a legislative staffer came to light.

In addition, Senate President Lee Schoenbeck of Watertown removed Frye-Mueller from her committee assignments, which the Rapid City area lawmaker has not been readded to since.

Frye-Mueller was reinstated to the senate three legislative days after her removal.

Now, all 27 state senators are named in the criminal complaint filed.