- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota’s Senate majority leader has stepped down to accept a job with Sanford Health.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Sen. Tim Rave’s resignation from the Senate on Wednesday. The Baltic Republican is joining Sanford Health as vice president for public policy.

Rave served in the Senate since 2011, after four terms in the House. He was speaker of the House from 2009-11 and Senate majority leader since 2013. He’s the only South Dakotan to have held both positions.

Rave represents District 25, which includes some rural communities in Minnehaha County and an area in eastern Sioux Falls.

Daugaard will fill the Senate vacancy by appointment and is asking the public to nominate candidates. The governor expects to name a successor by early summer.

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