Jan. 9, 2018: Michael Diedrich has been appointed to the District 34 vacancy at the South Dakota State House of Representatives, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. Diedrich, of Rapid City, succeeds the late Craig Tieszen, who died in November, 2017. Diedrich will be in office during the 2018 legislative session, and his term continues through the end of 2018. Diedrich previously worked in the South Dakota State Senate from 1987 to 1991 and from 1993 to 1995. He is the vice president of governmental relations for Regional Health in Rapid City. During his almost seven years at Regional Health, Diedrich has also worked as associate general counsel and as an acting vice president of the compliance, human resources, and development departments. Diedrich previously spent eleven years at the Rapid City City Attorney’s Office, including seven years as the City Attorney, and he also worked in private business. Diedrich received his law degree from the University of South Dakota. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, and a master of laws in healthcare law from Loyola University School of Law.