South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem got an emphatic victory when the Senate removed Attorney General Jason Ravensborg from office by convicting him of impeachment for killing a pedestrian with his car.
Noem pressed impeachment through the Republican-controlled Legislature.
She provided crucial support on an effort that at times faced razor-thin vote margins. Though her aggressive approach riled some lawmakers, Ravnsborg’s ouster provides Noem with some key benefits.
She can name his replacement, discredit a one-time adversary who had investigated her and claim political independence because she held a fellow Republican accountable.