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APNewsBreak: SD US Attorney To Resign, Work For Private Firm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. attorney for South Dakota plans to resign and open an office in Sioux Falls for a private law firm.

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Associated Press that Brendan Johnson will announce his resignation Wednesday at a news conference.

He plans to open an office for Minneapolis-based Robins Kaplan, which also hired North Dakota’s U.S. attorney, Tim Purdon, to practice in Bismarck.

Some Democrats had hoped Johnson would have run for the Senate seat vacated in January when his father, U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson, retired. Republican Mike Rounds won that race.

Before becoming U.S. attorney in 2009, Johnson was a federal law clerk in Rapid City, a deputy state’s attorney in Minnehaha County and a partner for a private law firm in Sioux Falls.