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Marty J. Jackley's Biography

Attorney General of South Dakota

Appointed: 2009, Elected: 2010 and 2014

On September 4, 2009, Marty J. Jackley was sworn in as the 30th Attorney General for South Dakota. He serves as the chief law enforcement officer and legal advisor for the State.

Marty was raised in Sturgis and graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with Honors. He received his law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law.

Marty served as a law clerk for former Chief Judge Richard H. Battey in federal district court, and became a partner in the Rapid City law firm of Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson, and Ashmore. His practice areas focused on criminal law, civil and business litigation, construction/engineering law and real property disputes. At that time, he also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for South Dakota prosecuting controlled substance felonies.

In 2006, Marty was appointed and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate as US Attorney for South Dakota. During his tenure as US Attorney, the office aggressively prosecuted violent crime and drug trafficking, and strengthened public safety through crime prevention efforts and joint task forces. Marty was named the South Dakota Prosecutor of the Year in 2008 from the South Dakota State's Attorneys Association.

As Attorney General, Marty has a proven record of leading an office that protects families and is committed to crime prevention. South Dakota's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force proactively protects children from sexual predators, while South Dakota's Child Abduction Response Team has received national certification for its ability to respond to a missing child emergency. He has worked with the Legislature to strengthen human trafficking laws and the sex offender registry, and to develop a prescription drug monitoring program that emphasizes prevention over prosecution. South Dakota's 24/7 Alcohol Sobriety and Monitoring Program has been extended across South Dakota and the nation. The sobriety program has reduced the likelihood for subsequent alcohol offenses and requires the offenders to pay all of the program costs.

In 2010 and 2014, Marty was overwhelmingly elected as South Dakota's Attorney General. He has served as the President of the National Association of Attorneys General, and Chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General. In 2016, Marty was honored to receive the National Kelley-Wyman Outstanding Attorney General award.

Marty and his wife Angela live in Pierre with their two children, Michael and Isabella.