Governor names replacement for state House representative

PIERRE, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Michael Diedrich is the state House replacement for Craig Tieszen, who died in a boating accident last month.

Michael Diedrich - District 34 House (courtesy photo)

Gov. Dennis Daugaard made the announcement Friday that Diedrich will serve as a District 34 representative during the 2018 Legislative Session and his term will continue through the end of 2018.

Diedrich previously served in the state Senate from 1987-91 and from 1993-95. He is vice president of governmental relations for Regional Health in Rapid City. Diedrich previously spent 11 years in the Rapid City city attorney’s office, including seven years as city attorney, and also worked in private business.

“Mike Diedrich has extensive experience in the legislature, in private industry, and in the municipal and non-profit sectors,” Daugaard said. “With Representative Tieszen’s sad passing, I appreciate that Mike is willing to step in and serve in the state House.”

“Craig Tieszen was dedicated to making a meaningful difference in the lives of others,” Diedrich said. “I plan to serve with the same level of integrity, strong values and compassion that he displayed in all facets of life,”