Rep. Will Mortenson, R-Pierre, introduced articles of impeachment Tuesday against Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg after he declined to resign after hitting and killing Joseph Boever with his car outside of Highmore in September.

Ravnsborg was charged with three misdemeanors last week, causing political leaders from the South Dakota Democratic Party to Gov. Kristi Noem calling on him to resign his position. 

Mortenson is the resolution’s prime sponsor, but it is supported by House Majority Leader Kent Peterson, R-Salem, and House Minority Leader Jamie Smith, D-Sioux Falls. The resolution was not discussed on the House floor Tuesday.

House Resolution 7001 gives two reasons for the impeachment proceedings: causing the death of Boever and for statements and actions following Boever’s death that fail to meet the standard of the Office of Attorney General.

“Following the collision, including during his reporting of the collision and the resulting investigation, Jason Ravnsborg undertook actions unbecoming the Attorney General. Jason Ravnsborg’s statements and actions failed to meet the standard of the Office of the Attorney General,” the resolution states.

Mortenson said his decision to file the resolution was the result of months of consideration and advice. He said in a statement that while the charging decision may have been correct, the Attorney General “owes a higher duty” to both the state and its citizens.