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Noem’s senior advisor plans to leave governor’s staff

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Maggie Seidel

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem’s senior advisor has announced her resignation.

Maggie Seidel, who is also the governor’s policy director, sent an email Friday afternoon announcing her decision to leave Noem’s staff and accept a position elsewhere, although she didn’t say where she is headed.

Magge Seidel

In her email, Seidel noted the challenges that 2020 and 2021 have presented, but said she enjoyed “each and every moment of it.”

Seidel moved to South Dakota in 2019 from the Washington, D.C., area where she was vice president of public affairs and policy communications for the American Property Casualty Insurance Association. Other experience included the Charles Koch Institute, Consumer Bankers Association and the staffs of conservative members of Congress from Nebraska, Virginia, Texas and New Jersey.

Over the past two years, the governor has filled a variety of senior staff positions with people from outside South Dakota. Seidel has been advising Noem since November 2019.

Noem’s office didn’t comment on Seidel’s departure.

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