Nesiba requests formal investigation of Governor Noem’s use of state airplane

February 26, 2021

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota Democratic lawmaker has formally requested the state’s attorney general to determine whether Gov. Kristi Noem’s use of the state airplane to attend events hosted by political organizations violated state law.

Democratic Sen. Reynold Nesiba asked Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg to open an investigation into whether Noem used state-owned airplanes for “personal use, out-of-state political campaigning, and attending partisan political events.”

Noem flew in state planes to events in 2019 hosted by political organizations, but has defended those trips as part of her job as “an ambassador for the state.”