- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - President Barack Obama nominated on Thursday longtime federal prosecutor Randolph Seiler to be the next U.S. attorney for the District of South Dakota.

Seiler, 69, has been the acting U.S. attorney in the state since March, when then-U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson stepped down for a job in private practice. Seiler’s nomination as the top federal prosecutor in the state must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

“It is with tremendous gratitude and appreciation that I have received the White House nomination to be the 41st U.S. Attorney for the District of South Dakota,” Seiler said in a statement Thursday. “…I’ll continue to enhance our outreach and prosecutions on our state’s nine reservations and strive to give a voice to those who don’t have one.”

Seiler was among six U.S. attorney nominations put forth on Thursday by the president, who praised their dedication and accomplishments. Obama said “these fine attorneys have distinguished themselves as some of the best and brightest their profession has to offer.”

Seiler has worked at the federal office since 1995. He was a violent crime prosecutor until 2009, when he was named first assistant U.S. attorney and tribal liaison. Previously, he was also an assistant U.S. attorney, and he spent 14 years prosecuting violent crime offenses in Indian Country and other areas throughout the state.

South Dakota’s senior U.S. senator, John Thune, said he looks “forward to reviewing his nomination and hearing about what he plans to accomplish should he be confirmed.”

Seiler grew up in Herreid and served in the U.S. Air Force, which included a year-long tour in Vietnam. He worked in private practice in Mobridge before becoming a prosecutor and has also served as a member of the Fort Pierre city council.

He graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska.

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