Marty Jackley

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Marty Jackley
US District Attorney Marty Jackley.png
30th Attorney General of South Dakota
In office
September 4, 2009 – January 5, 2019
GovernorMike Rounds
Dennis Daugaard
Preceded byLarry Long
Succeeded byJason Ravnsborg
39th United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota
In office
July 2006 – September 4, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byJames E. McMahon
Succeeded byBrendan Johnson
Personal details
Born (1970-10-13) October 13, 1970 (age 48)
Sturgis, South Dakota, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationSouth Dakota School of Mines and Technology (BS)
University of South Dakota (JD)

Marty J. Jackley (born October 13, 1970) is an American attorney who was the 30th Attorney General of South Dakota from 2009 to 2019. He previously served as the 39th United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota.

Early life and education[edit]

Jackley was raised in Sturgis, South Dakota, and graduated cum laude from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1992 with his BS in electrical engineering. He received his JD from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1995.[1]

Legal career[edit]

From 1995 through 1997, Jackley served as a judicial law clerk for the then-former Chief Judge Richard Howard Battey of the United States District Court for the District of South Dakota. Jackley joined the Rapid City law firm of Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson, and Ashmore.[2] As a partner, his practice areas focused on construction & engineering law and real property disputes. At that time, he also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for South Dakota prosecuting controlled substance felonies.

United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota (2006-2009)[edit]

In 2006, Jackley was recommended by U.S. Senator John Thune to replaced James E. McMahon and later nominated by President George W. Bush to be United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota.[3] Later in 2006, Jackley was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Marty was named the South Dakota Prosecutor of the Year in 2008 from the South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association. Jackley was succeeded as U.S. Attorney by Brendan Johnson.

Attorney General of South Dakota (2009-2019)[edit]

Then Governor Mike Rounds appointed Jackley Attorney General of South Dakota, after Larry Long retired to become a circuit court judge in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


Jackley received the Justice Management Institute Award for Excellence.[4]

President of National Association of Attorneys General[edit]

Jackley was the first South Dakota Attorney General elected President of the National Association of Attorneys General and the theme of his tenure was "Policing in the 21st Century". [5]

South Dakota v. Wayfair[edit]

Jackley appeared on behalf of the State of South Dakota in front of the United States Supreme Court in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. on April 17th, 2018.

The state of South Dakota was represented at oral arguments by Jackley, and Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm L. Stewart.[6]

The Court agreed to hear the case in January 2018, with arguments heard on April 17, 2018 and a ruling expected by June at the end of the current term.[7][6] The court held by a 5-4 majority that states may charge tax on purchases made from out-of-state sellers, even if the seller does not have a physical presence in the taxing state. The decision overturned Quill Corp. v. North Dakota (1992), which had held that the Dormant Commerce Clause barred states from compelling retailers to collect sales or use taxes in connection with mail order or Internet sales made to their residents unless those retailers have a physical presence in the taxing state.

Political career[edit]

Rounds appointed Jackley to succeed Larry Long as Attorney General of South Dakota in 2009.[8] Jackley won reelection in 2010[9] and in 2014.[10]

In 2018, Jackley unsuccessfully ran for Governor of South Dakota in the June primary, losing to U.S. Representative Kristi Noem.[3]

Life after Attorney General[edit]

Marty rejoined the firm of Gunderson, Palmer, Nelson and Ashmore and opened up a law office in Pierre, South Dakota. [11]

Personal life[edit]

Marty and his wife Angela live in Pierre, South Dakota with their two children, Michael and Isabella.[12] Marty also presently serves as Chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General and Vice-Chairman of the National Association of Attorneys General.[citation needed]

Electoral history[edit]

South Dakota Attorney General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Marty Jackley (inc.) 202,499 66.90
Democratic Ron Volesky 100,182 33.10
2014 Election results by county
South Dakota Attorney General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Marty Jackley (inc.) 208,848 82.00
Libertarian Chad Haber 45,856 18.00
Map showing the results of the 2018 Republican Gubernatorial primary in South Dakota by County.

2018 Republican primary election – South Dakota Governor[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kristi Noem 57,437 56
Republican Marty Jackley 45,069 44
Total votes 102,506 100


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  2. ^ "It's branding time for Jackley - on the ranch and in the governor's race". SDPB. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "NEW: Rapid City lawyer nominated as U.S. Attorney | News". May 17, 2006. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Judge Larry Long and Attorney General Marty Jackley receive the Justice Management Institute" (PDF). November 13, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  5. ^ >"Jackleys focus as NAAG President Policing in the 21st Century". June 19, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Barnes, Robert (April 17, 2018). "Supreme Court divided on whether states should tax all online sales". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Storh, Greg (12 January 2018). "U.S. Supreme Court to Review Bid to Collect Internet Sales Tax". Bloomberg Businessweek. Archived from the original on 12 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Jackley Discusses Possible Run for Re-Election". Drgnews. November 27, 2013. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  9. ^ "South Dakota News – Marty Jackley Voted S.D. Attorney General". Associated Press. November 2, 2010. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  10. ^ "Statewide races: Jackley re-elected to AG". Argus Leader. November 4, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  11. ^ "Jackley will open Pierre office for Rapid City law firm". November 20, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "Marty Jackley will seek re-election as attorney general". Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  13. ^ State of South Dakota Secretary of State Official Election Results, June 5, 2018.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
James E. McMahon
United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota
Succeeded by
Brendan Johnson
Preceded by
Larry Long
Attorney General of South Dakota
Succeeded by
Jason Ravnsborg
Party political offices
Preceded by
Larry Long
Republican nominee for Attorney General of South Dakota
2010, 2014
Succeeded by
Jason Ravnsborg