South Dakota House lawmakers on Tuesday began impeachment proceedings against the state’s attorney general, who is facing misdemeanor charges for striking and killing a man with his car and is already under pressure to resign.
Republican lawmakers introduced a resolution in the House to impeach the state’s top law enforcement officer, Jason Ravnsborg, after he indicated Monday he would not heed calls for his resignation.
The Republican attorney general faces three misdemeanor charges but no felonies in the September death of 55-year-old Joseph Boever.
Lawmakers argued in the impeachment resolution that Ravnsborg should be removed from office for ‘his crimes or misdemeanors in office causing the death’ of Boever.
The resolution also stated that Ravnsborg’s conduct following the crash was ‘unbecoming’ and his ‘statements and actions failed to meet the standard’ of his office.
Shortly before the impeachment resolution was filed, Gov. Kristi Noem joined the chorus of people calling for him to step down.
‘Now that the investigation has closed and charges have been filed, I believe the Attorney General should resign,’ Noem said in a statement.
A spokesman for Ravnsborg did not immediately respond to a request for comment.