- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Judge Robin Houwman has been elected by the South Dakota Judicial Conference to the Judicial Qualifications Commission.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission is the constitutionally established entity that has the authority to investigate complaints against judges, investigate applicants for judicial vacancies and make recommendations to the governor concerning the appointment of new judges.

Houwman is a circuit court judge in the Second Judicial Circuit, which encompasses Minnehaha and Lincoln counties. She was appointed to the position in 2009. The University of South Dakota School of Law graduate previously served in private practice and was an assistant U.S. attorney.

Houwman says she’s humbled by the support of her colleagues in electing her to this position.

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