PIERRE, S.D. -- Republican Gov.-elect Kristi Noem will appoint another legislator to a vacant state House seat after a Sioux Falls-area legislator decided not to take her oath of office for the 2019 session.
Republican Sen. Deb Peters has been a state senator in District 9 since 2011, but could not seek re-election for her Senate seat because of term limits. She instead ran for one of District 9's two House seats and won 32 percent of the vote in November, but announced that she will not take her oath of office come January. Peters will fulfill her Senate term through Jan. 4.
Prior to her time in the Senate, Peters already served in the state House from 2005 to 2011. She has also previously served as the president of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Noem said in a Monday news release that she is seeking public input for a nominee for Peters' seat to serve in the legislature's 2019 and 2020 sessions. Noem did not specify a deadline for appointment in her release.