Jason Ravnsborg's Biography
Attorney General of South Dakota
Jason Ravnsborg was elected in 2018 and on January 5, 2019, was sworn in as the 31st Attorney General of South Dakota. He serves as the chief law enforcement officer and legal advisor for the State.
Jason grew up on a farm where he helped raise hogs, cows, and calves. He also helped with the farming operation growing alfalfa, corn and soybeans. He graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Political Science as well as an Army commission through ROTC. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Dakota School of Law while simultaneously obtaining a Masters of Arts in History and also while serving as an editor of law review.
Jason participated in a clerkship after graduation before becoming a partner in the law firm of Harmelink, Fox & Ravnsborg in Yankton, South Dakota, and also served as a Deputy States Attorney for Union County, South Dakota. He is licensed to practice law in South Dakota and Iowa as well as the federal courts of South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, the Federal Court of Claims,the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Jason is a combat veteran with over 24 years of military service. He has been deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom to Germany (2003), Iraq (2004-2005) and Afghanistan (2009-2010). For his service he has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal along with other awards, and he was honored for his service by Congress. Jason is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves. He has had four company commands and also served as a battalion commander overseeing over 600 Soldiers in the four states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Missouri. He continues to serve as an operations officer at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
In 2019, Jason was named to the National Association of Attorney General (NAAG) Standing Committees regarding Consumer Protection; Energy and the Environment and the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) Training Committee. He was also named to the NAAG Special Committees regarding Federalism/Preemption; Gaming and in 2020 he was named co-chair of the Gaming Committee and reappointed co-chair in 2021; Human Trafficking and Substance Abuse. In 2021, he was also named to the Agriculture Committee, Jason was also appointed to the executive council for Special Olympics and Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) and in 2020 was reappointed to serve on this committee another year.
In 2021, after serving a year as the Second Vice Chair and a member of the executive board of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG), Jason was elected by his fellow Attorneys General to serve as the Vice Chair and a member of the Executive Board for CWAG.