John Fitzgerald is seeking the Republican nomination for Attorney General of South Dakota.
John is a 1977 graduate of Black Hills State University and a 1979 graduate from the University of South Dakota Law School. John has been a practicing attorney in South Dakota since 1980.
John was the Butte County State’s Attorney from 1981-1995 and a Deputy State’s Attorney in Lawrence County from 1990-1995. In 1995 John became the Lawrence County State’s Attorney and has been serving Lawrence County ever since.
John is a working State’s Attorney who spends countless hours in the courtroom prosecuting felony cases, abuse and neglect proceedings, as well as juvenile cases. John is an experienced trial lawyer having successfully tried over 250 jury trials, including capital murder, rape, robbery, burglary, arson, kidnapping, distribution of controlled substances, and just about every other crime imaginable.
John is the former Chairman for the Butte County Republican Central Committee and the former Vice-Chairman of the Lawrence County Republican Central Committee. He was awarded the prestigious award of Prosecutor of the Year for 2012. In May of 2016, State’s Attorneys from every county in South Dakota unanimously elected John as Vice President of the South Dakota State’s Attorneys Association.
John and his wife, Mary, have three adult children. All three children are graduates from Black Hills State University and the University of South Dakota Law School. John and Mary also have five grandchildren; Ayden, Evy, Pearl, Erabella, & Penny.