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Mark Barnett (lawyer)


Jan 18, 2022

Mark Barnett (born September 4, 1954) is an American attorney; the 28th attorney general of South Dakota between 1991 and 2003 and a circuit court judge between 2007 and 2019.

American politician
Mark Barnett
28th Attorney General of South Dakota
In office
Governor George S. Mickelson
Walter Dale Miller
William J. Janklow
Preceded by Roger Tellinghuisen
Succeeded by Larry Long
Personal details
Born (1954-09-04) September 4, 1954 (age 67)Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of South Dakota (JD)
Profession Attorney

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Barnett, a Republican, graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law. [citation needed]

Barnett won the general election by defeating Michael Butler. He won with 150,109 (59.49%) votes while Butler received 102,231 votes (40.51%).[1]

Barnett was re-elected by defeating Democrat Randy Turner and Libertarian Bert Olson. Barnett received 192,147 (62.33%) votes; Randy received 106,709 (34.62%) votes and Bert received 9,410 (3.05%) votes. [2]

Barnett was elected for a third term as attorney general. He was unopposed for the first time in the history of attorney general elections in South Dakota. [citation needed]

As of October, 2019, Barnett is the longest-serving attorney general in South Dakota history, with 12 years of service.

Barnett argued two cases before the United States Supreme Court as attorney general, winning both cases.

Barnett argued on behalf of the state, winning a 7–2 decision that the federal Flood Control and Cheyenne River Acts had abrogated the tribe’s right, guaranteed under the Fort Laramie Treaty, to regulate hunting and fishing on their lands by non-Indians. [citation needed]

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