- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dan Lederman has announced that he won’t finish his term and is retiring from the Legislature ahead of the 2016 session.

The Republican from Dakota Dunes announced on Monday that he won’t return to Pierre next year in order to spend more time with his family. Lederman has urged Gov. Dennis Daugaard to appoint Republican Rep. Jim Bolin to replace him.

Lederman has served in the Legislature for seven years and was first elected to the House in 2008. He jumped to the Senate in 2010.

One of Lederman’s main legislative accomplishments was a measure encouraging shared parenting in divorce cases.

Daugaard says Lederman has served as a “vigorous advocate” for his constituents.

The governor says he expect to name a replacement by the early summer.

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