South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard requests all flags in the state fly at half-staff on Monday from 8 a.m. until sunset local time to honor state representative Craig Tieszen.
Tieszen died in a kayaking accident last Wednesday in the Cook Islands. His brother-in-law, Brent Moline, also died in the accident. Both were in the country to attend a wedding.
Tieszen was serving his first term in the State House of Representatives. He also served in the State Senate for seven years. Tieszen chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee and was a majority whip during his time in South Dakota’s upper chamber. Before entering politics, he worked in law enforcement for 32 years and served as Rapid City’s police chief from 2000 to 2007. Tieszen’s funeral takes place at 1 p.m. MT Monday in the fine arts theater of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. A private funeral for Brent Moline will happen later. Moline's family will host a public visitation on Sunday in Rapid City.