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Gov. Kristi Noem loses her fourth chief of staff, names an interim replacement

Mark Miller, an attorney in her office since October of 2020, will temporarily replace Aaron Scheibe, who took over the role of top aide to the Republican governor earlier this year. Miller will be Noem's fifth chief of staff.

In this screenshot from the RNC's livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem addresses the virtual convention on Aug. 26, 2020. (Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee/Getty Images/TNS)
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PIERRE, S.D. —South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has a new chief of staff -- her fifth in three years .

A spokesman for the governor confirmed to Forum News Service that her general counsel Mark Miller will serve on an interim basis as chief of staff, following the departure of Aaron Scheibe. Scheibe held the position since May.

Scheibe's stepping down was first reported by the Argus Leader , which also noted that Scheibe will stay on as a legislative consultant in Noem's office.

Noem's previous chief of staff, Tony Venhuizen , had served in that role for only 13 months before being appointed to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

Prior to Venhuizen, Josh Shields held the position as Noem's top aide for only three months, from October to December 2019. Shields had replaced Herb Jones, who served in the role when Noem started as governor in January of that year.


Miller, an attorney in Noem's office for just over a year, has also served as Noem's so-called " unborn child advocate ." Prior to arriving in South Dakota, Miller was counsel for Pacific Legal Foundation , a libertarian public interest law firm.

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