Craig Tieszen

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Craig Tieszen
Member of the South Dakota House of Representatives
from the 34th[1] district
In office
January 10 – November 23, 2017
Preceded by Dan Dryden
Succeeded by TBD
Member of the South Dakota Senate
from the 34th[2] district
In office
January 2009 – January 10, 2017
Preceded by Royal McCracken
Succeeded by Jeffrey Partridge
Personal details
Born (1949-10-24)October 24, 1949
Died November 23, 2017(2017-11-23) (aged 68)
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Rapid City, South Dakota
Profession Chief of police

Craig Tieszen[3] (October 24, 1949 − November 23, 2017) was an American politician who was a Republican member of the South Dakota Senate, representing District 34 from January 2009 to January 2017, and represented District 34 in the South Dakota House of Representatives from January 2017 to his death 10 months later.[4] Tieszen was a volunteer for the Peace Corps and served as the chief of police for the Rapid City Police Department.

Elections[edit]

  • 2012 Tieszen was challenged in the June 5, 2012 Republican Primary but won with 2,115 votes (79.33%)[5] and was unopposed for the November 6, 2012 General election, winning with 8,283 votes.[6]
  • 2008 When District 34 incumbent Republican Senator Royal McCracken was term limited and left the seat open, Tieszen won the June 3, 2008 Republican Primary with 1,640 votes (60.67%)[7] and won the November 4, 2008 General election with 7,914 votes (70.29%) against Democratic nominee Gary Hargens.[8]
  • 2010 Tieszen was unopposed for both the June 8, 2010 Republican Primary[9] and the November 2, 2010 General election, winning with 7,136 votes.[10]

Death[edit]

On November 23, 2017, Tieszen and his brother-in-law were found dead in open water in the Cook Islands. It was concluded that Tieszen drowned while attempting to save his brother-in-law from drowning while kayaking.[11][12] [13] [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Representative Craig Tieszen". Pierre, South Dakota: South Dakota Legislature. Retrieved November 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Senator Craig Tieszen". Pierre, South Dakota: South Dakota Legislature. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Craig Tieszen's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "SDLRC - Craig Tieszen". www.sdlegislature.gov. Retrieved 25 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "Official Results Primary Election - June 5, 2012". Pierre, South Dakota: Secretary of State of South Dakota. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Official Results General Election November 6, 2012". Pierre, South Dakota: Secretary of State of South Dakota. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ "2008 South Dakota Official Primary Election Results June 3, 2008". Pierre, South Dakota: Secretary of State of South Dakota. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ "2008 South Dakota Official General Election Results Legislature November 4, 2008". Pierre, South Dakota: Secretary of State of South Dakota. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Official Results Primary Election June 8, 2010". Pierre, South Dakota: Secretary of State of South Dakota. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ "2010 South Dakota Official General Election Results Legislature November 2, 2010". Pierre, South Dakota: Secretary of State of South Dakota. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  11. ^ Epp, Todd. "Rep. Tieszen dies while trying to save his brother in law". Kelo. Retrieved 23 November 2017. 
  12. ^ Huber, Chris (2017-11-23). "State Rep. Craig Tieszen dies in kayak accident". Rapid City, South Dakota: Rapid City Journal. Retrieved 23 November 2017. 
  13. ^ Dreaver, Barbara. "US state senator drowns in Rarotonga while trying to save brother-in-law". Retrieved 23 November 2017. 
  14. ^ Taylor, Chris. "Muri drowning victims identified". Retrieved 25 November 2017. 

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