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Bill Janklow

Personal data
Date of birthSeptember 13, 1939(age 77)
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
SpouseMary Dean Thom Janklow
Alma materUniversity of South Dakota
Occupationpolitician, lawyer, lobbyist
ReligionLutheran
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Dakota's At-large district
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2003 - January 20, 2004
Succeeded byStephanie Herseth Sandlin
Preceded byJohn Thune
30th Governor of South Dakota
Assumed officeJanuary 7, 1995 - January 7, 2003
LieutenantCarole Hillard
Succeeded byMike Rounds
Preceded byWalter D. Miller
27th Governor of South Dakota
Assumed officeJanuary 1, 1979 - January 6, 1987
LieutenantLowell C. Hansen II
Succeeded byGeorge S. Mickelson
Preceded byHarvey L. Wollman
25th South Dakota Attorney General
In officeJanuary 3, 1975 - January 1, 1979

Bill Janklow

Personal information
ChargeManslaughter
ConvictionGuilty verdict
Penalty100 days in jail, daily community service after 30 days served.
StatusReleased

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William John "Bill" Janklow (born September 13, 1939) is a former American politician in South Dakota, representing the Republican Party. He served as the 25th Attorney General of South Dakota, before being elected to two terms each as the 27th and 30th Governor. He is the longest-serving governor in state history, having served eight years each time. In 2002 Janklow was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he served slightly more than a year.

Janklow resigned from Congress in 2004 after being convicted of manslaughter following an automobile accident. He works as a lawyer and lobbyist.

In the 1980s, he filed libel suits against the author Peter Matthiessen and Viking Press, for a statement included in the book In the Spirit of Crazy Horse (1983), as well as a suit against Newsweek magazine for coverage of the same issue. The publications had included statements of Dennis Banks, founder and leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM). In each case, the courts upheld the freedom of speech principle for the authors and publishers under the First Amendment of the Constitution.


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