On January 5, 2019, Jason Ravnsborg 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 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. Jason 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.
He participated in a clerkship after graduation before becoming a partner in the law firm of Harmelink, Fox & Ravnsborg in Yankton, South Dakota. Jason 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 Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Jason is a combat veteran. 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 many other awards as well as being honored for his service by Congress. Jason is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves. Jason 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.
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; Human Trafficking and Substance Abuse. Jason was also appointed to the executive council for Special Olympics and Law Enforcement Torch Run(LETR).
In 2018, Jason was elected as South Dakota’s Attorney General.