An announcement is coming this morning that District 25 State Senator and Senate Majority Leader Tim Rave has resigned from the South Dakota State Legislature, effective immediately. This comes on the heels of Senate Assistant Majority Leader Dan Lederman on Monday after session, leaving a large void in Senate Republican Leadership.
In a note that went out last night from Rave to his colleagues, Rave noted:
Recently, the position of Enterprise Vice President of Public Policy at Sanford Health became available and I was honored to be offered that promotion. As I weighed this opportunity, I gave careful consideration to the fact that this new role would mean I could not continue my public service as an elected official.
After much thought, I decided to accept the promotion to Enterprise Vice President of Public Policy effective April 1st, 2015. Accordingly, I am hereby resigning as a member of the South Dakota State Senate effective March 31st, 2015 at 11:59 PM.
It has been an honor and privilege to work with all of you, and to represent and serve the citizens of District 25 and the State of South Dakota for thirteen legislative sessions. The relationships I have built and experience I have gained during my years of service have been exceptional. I am a better person for it.
I spoke with Rave this morning, who is already moving at a more frenetic pace. Regarding his resignation, Tim noted to me:
The job is right in my wheel house doing public policy for Sanford health both at the state and federal level The timing of the opportunity could’ve been better had it waited a couple years, but I couldn’t pass it up. I’ve done my public service for 13 years and decided it was time to move on and do what was best for my career and for my family.
The Governor’s office is set to issue a press release at 10 AM to note the resignation officially, and to speak to the processes they will follow in making a replacement appointment. Current house members in the district are Representatives Kris Langer and Roger Hunt.
With both Lederman and now Rave leaving a massive void in Senate Leadership, sources inside the Senate indicate to the SDWC that the caucus will be be meeting sometime in the next few months to select a new Majority Leader and Assistant Majority Leader as they move to the 2016 elections; an election cycle which will start far earlier for 2016 as a result of the passage of petition reform legislation this past session.
At the SDWC, we wish Senator Rave the best, both thanking him for his years of service for the time he’s given to the people of South Dakota, and congratulating him on the opportunity.