- Associated Press - Friday, August 7, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Democratic Party has named a new executive director.

Chairwoman Ann Tornberg said Friday that Suzanne Jones Pranger will be an effective addition to the organization and that the party is “thrilled.”

The 26-year-old has a law degree and a master’s degree in political science from the University of South Dakota.

Jones Pranger has interned with state Democratic heavyweights including former U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson and former U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin.

Formerly a staffer for state Senate Democrats, Jones Pranger says she’s excited to join the state party.

She says the party’s success with ballot measures shows state residents share Democrats’ values even if they don’t necessarily identify as members.

The South Dakota native introduced herself to Sioux Falls-area Democrats at a meeting Friday.

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