Timothy J. Bjorkman
|Judge of the First Circuit Court of South Dakota|
|Appointed by||Mike Rounds|
|Alma mater||South Dakota State University|
University of South Dakota (JD)
Timothy Bjorkman is an American lawyer and judge, who served as a Circuit Court Judge of South Dakota from 2006-2017. He was elected in 2006 with 73 percent of the vote and re-elected without opposition in 2014. He stepped down from the bench in 2017.
Bjorkman is the Democratic nominee for South Dakota's at-large Congressional district.
Early life and education
Bjorkman attended South Dakota State University. He interred in the South Dakota Legislature in Pierre, South Dakota, then completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of South Dakota. He received the Claude W. Schutter Scholarship Award and was on law review at the University of South Dakota School of Law, graduating with his J.D. in 1982.
Following his law school graduation, Bjorkman did not take the bar exam and was admitted to the South Dakota bar via diploma privilege. Bjorkman moved with his wife to Canada to work as Christian missionaries for a year. In 1983, he began practicing law with his wife in Bridgewater, South Dakota.
Bjorkman was elected as a First Circuit Court judge in 2006. He was re-elected without opposition in 2014.
2018 U.S. House of Representatives election
In January 2017, Bjorkman announced bid to become a Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative for South Dakota's at-large congressional district. He will face Dusty Johnson in the November general election.
During his 1L year at the University of South Dakota School of Law, he met fellow law student Carol Kay Ontjes. They married in 1982, the year they both graduated from law school.
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