Seiler was appointed as the 41st United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota in 2015, serving until 2017. In 2018, Seiler ran for state Attorney General as the Democratic nominee, but was defeated by Republican Jason Ravnsborg. Seiler had also served as a member of the Fort Pierre City Council.
Seiler’s term as state Democratic Party Chair was set to end May 1. Incoming Party Chair Jennifer Slaight-Hansen will assume all responsibilities until her elected term begins May 1.
Seiler is survived by his wife, Wanda, and four children. Service arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, his family asks people to please consider a donation to one of his many favorite causes such as The Badlands Foundation, the Pat Duffy Community Youth Involved Center or the Fort Pierre Volunteer Fire Department [Jody Heemstra, “Long-Time Public Servant Randy Seiler of Fort Pierre Passes Away After Brief Illness,” DRG News, 2023.04.18].
Public officials are paying their respects:
On Twitter on Tuesday, Rounds commented about Seiler’s death.
“Randy Seiler was not only my neighbor but a good friend. I always appreciated our candid conversations about issues facing South Dakota. He cared deeply for our state and our citizens.”
South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley shared the following statement about Seiler on Twitter.
“Randy Seiler was a brilliant lawyer, a great U.S. Attorney for SD, a strong advocate for victims, a dear friend, and most importantly, an amazing father and husband.
“Randy became a friend in the late seventies when my dad and he were law school classmates. I have been fortunate to try cases with and against him, as well as in front of him as a Tribal Judge always finding him to be fair with integrity. God speed my friend!”
Democrat Sen. Reynold Nesiba, who is also Senate Minority leader in the legislature, said about Seiler’s death, “This is an enormous loss to the people of SD.”
The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in 2022, Brian Bengs, shared this message on social media.
“Reflecting on Randy Seiler’s passing, the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson are fitting: ‘The purpose of life is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.’ Randy exemplified every aspect & will be missed.”
Former Democratic House Minority Leader and Candidate for Governor Jamie Smith says Seiler’s “profound impact on South Dakota cannot be understated” [Karen Sherman, “Former U.S. Attorney for South Dakota, Outgoing SD Democratic Party Chairman Dies at 76,” KELO-TV, 2023.04.18].