First, read this official news release issued by Randy Seiler, U.S. attorney for the District of South Dakota:
His official biography page is here. His predecessor as U.S. attorney, Democrat Brendan Johnson, resigned effective March 11, 2015. A Black Hills Pioneer column from December 2008 highlighted the likelihood that Johnson would get the post.
Johnson, son of the now-former U.S. senator, succeeded Republican Marty Jackley in 2009. In turn then-Gov. Mike Rounds appointed Jackley as state attorney general. Jackley succeeded Larry Long in the state office after Long received an appointment from Rounds to a new circuit judge seat in Sioux Falls.
The choice for Rounds came down to Jackley and Charlie McGuigan. On Monday, word circulated that McGuigan now plans to run for the Republican nomination for attorney general in 2018, as Jackley runs for the Republican nomination for governor. Jackley succeeded another Republican, Jim McMahon, as U.S. attorney.
Here’s a summary of the twists and turns in the U.S. attorney post for the past 20 years or more. There is a name — a significant defense attorney based in Sioux Falls who’s been in some high-profile cases — circulating in federal court circles in South Dakota as to a possible successor for Randy Seiler. We’ll see if that transpires. A current case might need to conclude first.