Marty Jackley was elected Attorney General of South Dakota on November 8, 2022.
Jackley was raised in Sturgis, South Dakota. After graduating from Sturgis High School in 1988, he attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Jackley earned his J.D. from the University of South Dakota Law School.
Jackley worked as a law clerk for then-Chief Judge Richard H. Battey in the federal district court located in Rapid City, South Dakota. He then went to practice private law at the Rapid City-based law firm of Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson, and Ashmore LLP in 1997. In addition to being a partner there, he served as a private attorney specializing primarily in criminal law, civil and business litigation, construction and engineering law, Indian law, and water law. At the same time, he acted as special assistant attorney general for South Dakota, litigating controlled substance felony cases.
In 2006, he was appointed to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota. In this capacity, he served on both the U.S. Attorney General’s subcommittees for controlled substances and the subcommittees for Native American issues, and the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Executive Board. Jackley was the 30th Attorney General of South Dakota from 2009 to 2019. He was appointed to the position by Governor Mike Rounds on August 14, 2009, to fill the vacancy left by Larry Long. He served until January 2019.
Jackley lives in Pierre, South Dakota, with his two children, Michael and Isabella.