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Meet the U.S. Attorney

Randolph J. Seiler

Randolph J. Seiler, Acting U.S. Attorney

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Randolph J. Seiler was nominated by President Barack Obama as the 41st United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota.  He was sworn in on October 8, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange at a ceremony at the U.S. Courthouse in Pierre, South Dakota.

Mr. Seiler has been with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for 20 years.  Prior to his appointment he served as both Acting and Interim U.S. Attorney and also as the First Assistant United States Attorney and the Tribal Liaison for the District of South Dakota.  As First Assistant, Mr. Seiler was responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of the U.S. Attorney's Office.  He supervised the U.S. Attorney’s branch office in Pierre, where he was directly involved in prosecutorial matters and decisions.  As Tribal Liaison, he consulted and coordinated with tribal justice officials and leaders, tribal communities, and victim advocates in an effort to address any issues in the prosecution of major crimes in Indian country in South Dakota. 

Mr. Seiler has had a distinguished career as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.  He spent 14 years prosecuting violent crime offenses.  In 2001, he received the Department of Justice Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention.  In 2009, he became the first recipient of the U.S. Attorney Director’s Award for Superior Performance in Indian Country.  Mr. Seiler also served as counsel to the Director in the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., in 2000.  He has been an instructor at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, SC, as well as a presenter at numerous conferences and trainings on various topics including violent crime, sexual assault, domestic violence, and legal issues in the prosecution of violent crime in Indian country.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in 1995, Mr. Seiler was in private practice in Mobridge, South Dakota, where he practiced criminal and civil law.  He was appointed by the South Dakota Supreme Court to the Board of Pardons and Paroles and also served on the State Board of Education.  He was elected to three terms on the Mobridge School Board and also served as a Special Judge for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

Most recently, Mr. Seiler served his community as a member of the Fort Pierre City Council.

Mr. Seiler grew up in Herreid, South Dakota, served his country in the U.S. Air Force, which included a year-long tour in Vietnam, and graduated with honors from the University of South Dakota School of Law.  He and his wife, Wanda, live in Fort Pierre, and have four grown children and two grandchildren.

Updated:  October 11, 2016

Updated October 31, 2016