A Yankton attorney who has top-secret military clearance and has commanded soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan is going to run for South Dakota’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2014.
Jason Ravnsborg will run as a Republican in an already crowded primary. Ravnsborg announced Monday morning that he plans to be the fifth candidate in the Republican race for the nomination.
Ravnsborg is a graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law and was first called to active duty and deployed to Germany in 2003 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Eight months after returning from that tour, Ravnsborg was called to active duty a second time in the spring of 2004 and commanded an Army Reserve transportation unit in Iraq and Kuwait. He received a Bronze Star for his service in Iraq.
Ravnsborg’s third and final tour was in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010 where he was a company commander and represented the United States on several NATO committees.
Ravnsborg is currently working as an attorney in Yankton and also serving as a Major in a joint intelligence unit in Minneapolis with a top secret clearance. He will face former South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds, state Representative Stace Nelson, state Senator Larry Rhoden and Sioux Falls Doctor Annette Bosworth in the Republican primary in June.
Rick Weiland is the only Democrat in the race so far.
KELOLAND News will sit down with Ravnsborg Monday morning to talk to him about his run for U.S. Senate.