The South Dakota Senate has convicted Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg on two impeachment charges stemming from a 2020 car crash in which he killed a pedestrian, triggering his automatic removal from office. On the first count, South Dakota Senators voted 24-9 to convict Ravnsborg. On the second vote of impeachment, Senators voted 31-2 to convict. On the third and fourth vote, Senators voted 33-0. It disqualifies Ravnsborg from ever holding any public office in South Dakota ever again.
Ravnsborg told a 911 dispatcher the night of the crash that he might have struck a deer or other large animal, and has said he didn’t know he struck a man — 55-year-old Joseph Boever — until he returned to the scene the next morning. Criminal investigators said they didn’t believe some of Ravnsborg’s statements.
Following today’s decision, Governor Kristi Noem will have the option to nominate someone to fill Ravnsborg’s position.