Governor Kristi Noem chose M. Bridget Mayer of Pierre to be a state judge Monday.
Mayer, a long-time state prosecutor, fills a vacancy in South Dakota’s Sixth Judicial Circuit. She succeeds Mark Barnett, a former state attorney general who recently retired as a judge.
The governor announced her selection late Monday afternoon.
“Bridget has a strong history of serving her community and upholding the law,” Noem said in the statement. “Her background and experience have prepared her well for this position, and I’m confident she will be an excellent judge.”
Mayer said she was honored and looked forward to serving the people of South Dakota in her new capacity.
The Sixth Circuit appointment is significant because most lawsuits involving state government have been handled there.
The circuit covers 14 counties: Potter, Sully, Hyde, Hughes, Stanley, Haakon, Jackson, Bennett, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, Todd, Tripp and Gregory.
Mayer grew up in Jefferson, South Dakota, and attended Augustana College, University of St. Thomas and the University of South Dakota law school. She has spent 30 years working in the state attorney general’s office and held several key positions.
She and her husband, attorney Bob Mayer, have three children and are active in the community.